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Old 12-01-2018, 11:12 PM   #1
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Best safe route Oregon to Arizona in January 2019

We would like to get somewhere warm and sunny for January, however, we are well aware of the challenges of getting over Shasta, etc to get to Arizona from Portland, Oregon.
We figured we could go down 101 and then 99 North of the Bay area to get on I-10 out of the Southern California area.

Thoughts and experiences for this time of year.
And yes, we are very well aware that Mother Nature often has January surprises, like snow at the beach.

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Old 12-01-2018, 11:41 PM   #2
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Hi LovesToWine; Have made a few trips from the Auburn, Wa. area to Az. So far I have never had to do the coast route. I have always watched the Oregon, DOT web site for information getting from Ashland over to Shasta. Being a major route, the Oregon DOT does a good job in my opinion, of keeping the roads clear. There are plenty of web cams on I-5 as well as road reports throughout the day. If things change as you are getting close to those passes, you can always stay in Medford. Then get going when they get the roadway clear. I know it can happen and mother nature will go nuts on that area. I don't have a map in front of me at the moment, but as you go down the coast, I think it is highway #20 will cut you across to Williams on I-5 if you don't want to travel too far south. We take short hops and stay at Red Bluff, Lodi and Bakersfield once into Ca. Then we go hwy 58 over to Barstow then Needles on 40. Down to Parker and Quartzite. Then on 10 over to the Buckeye. For us this avoids the L.A. area. Has worked many times for us. I am sure others here will chime in for what works for them. When you go, have a great trip and enjoy the sunshine!
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Old 12-01-2018, 11:48 PM   #3
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You’re going to get a wide variety of suggestions but keep in mind that Arizona is a long way and there are any number of ways to get there, all with their own advantages and disadvantages. It really comes down to what the weather is doing on the specific day you set out. Use trip checkers, route planners and tools like oss.weathershare.org to see what’s going on up ahead.

I’ve made that trip from Portland area east through the gorge, Pendleton, Caldwell, etc., a few times in January or February. It seems like every time I went through Twin Falls it was snowing.

We’ve also gone south on I-5 and cut across at Shasta toward Susanville - beautiful drive but again, watch the weather.

We’ve gone straight east on 30 and also over Santiago pass then south or on toward Burns.

All those routes pretty much just getting out of Oregon area. For us at least, once we get beyond Reno we feel like we’ve got it made.

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