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Old 05-15-2016, 12:21 PM   #1
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Best highway from I-5 to Sisters. Oregon?

I will be going from Olympia, WA to Sisters, Oregon next month. Which would be the easiest or fastest highway from I-5 to Sisters, 22 or 20? I will be driving a 28' motor home with a toad. I don't mind mountain driving but it loses its fun-factor after a couple of hours.

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We've always taken Hwy 126 out of Eugene. Be careful that you stay on 126 the whole way and don't get on 242. You won't like it!

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Old 05-15-2016, 08:24 PM   #3
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We would take either 26 by Mt Hood or 22 through Detroit. Have driven both routes many times and both are good roads. The disadvantage to 26 is town driving from I205 through Gresham.
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What days are you traveling? If it is Friday,Sunday or a holiday weekend Santiam Pass will be slow driving. I would go down to I84 to Hwy 26, then when you get to Redmond take Hwy 126 to Sisters. I have towed this route numerous times and it has always been quicker and easier. You only have to deal with the North End of Portland and a stretch of through Gresham and Sandy driving. I5 through Portland to Salem up and over 22 is not bad and can be more scenic but slower driving.
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Old 05-15-2016, 10:51 PM   #5
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I5 straight down to 22 is an easy route and has less of a climb and descent than 26. Both drives are scenic and if you really have time go over one way and come back the other. The climb up 26 isn't a bad one in comparison to some other passes in Oregon.
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We went to Sisters from McMinnville last year and here is what I put in my blog post - "There were a couple of routes to choose from and we settled for OR-99W down to Salem then OR-22 and US-20 from Salem to Sisters. It was a beautiful drive through and over the mountains, often following alongside a pretty stream but it was not necessarily a relaxing drive as there were plenty of 40 mph curves to negotiate – no big deal for an ole WV/TN mountain boy. The road surface was in great condition with mostly new payment on the west side."

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