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Old 11-24-2014, 04:05 PM   #1
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EZ route from Southern OR to Bend, OR

I see there about 3-4 routes that show up on Google Maps. Have not taken this trip before. Can't tell elevations. Would like to avoid higher elevations, if possible. This would be a June to September voyage.

Am in no rush and don't want to visit Crater Lake. Do I have to worry about two-lane roads with traffic behind me....honking and waiting for us to pull over ? Don't care about shortest miles.

I-5 to Albany to Hwy 20?
I-5 to Eugene to Hwy 58 to Hwy 97 or Hwy 126 to 242 to 20?
I-5 to Roseburg to Hwy 138 to Hwy 97?

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Old 11-25-2014, 09:03 AM   #2
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There are passes on each of the routes in the 4,500 to 5,500 ft. range, so as far as avoiding high country , its not really possible.
It's been years since I drove any of the routes , and then only by car, but if memory serves and time and mileage aren't a consideration, then 58 over to 97 would be my choice to drive with a coach.
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Old 11-25-2014, 09:13 AM   #3
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Several years ago, I took Highway 20 from Eugene to Bend, in my 43ft motor home and towing. There were many tight turns, and warnings for large trucks, but it was passable during the months you suggest. I would do it again if I needed to go to Bend from Eugene.

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58 is your best option if your paranoid about mountain driving. But remember your still going to have mountain passes over 4000 feet elevation. 58 is a major E/W truck route and is generally in good condition.
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Several years ago, I took Highway 20 from Eugene to Bend, in my 43ft motor home and towing. There were many tight turns, and warnings for large trucks, but it was passable during the months you suggest. I would do it again if I needed to go to Bend from Eugene.

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Sorry, but 20 doesn't go out of Eugene... I think you may be thinking of 126.

Hwy 20, off of I-5, turns off at Albany and yes, (but you can take Hwy 34 over to 20) it has a lot of very slow curves and miles and miles of 6% grade. I have gone west on that highway from the Sister's area and would never, ever take my coach on it going east.

Our favored route, but way north of what you want to do, is Hwy 26 out of Salem. Connects to 20 just east of Sisters and then take 20 from Sisters to Bend.

You will be going over the Cascades. I don't think there is a route anywhere in Oregon (except for I-84) that does not require you to go over passes of 4000 feet or more.

If you coming north out of California, you might think of taking hwy 97 out of Weed and go over to Klamath Falls.

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If you're coming from Grants Pass, Hwy 58 through Oakridge really is your best bet. There's a few relatively steepish grades as you get near the crest, but most with a passing lane to give you room to maneuver. Never driven a coach up that route, but did a lot of truck driving in my earlier days. 58 should be a piece of cake, but it will be busy, like any Cascades route in the summer.

And if you are returning from a California adventure enroute to Bend, I'll second that notion of leaving I-5 at Weed and going through K Falls...

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Sorry, but 20 doesn't go out of Eugene... I think you may be thinking of 126.

Hwy 20, off of I-5, turns off at Albany and yes, (but you can take Hwy 34 over to 20) it has a lot of very slow curves and miles and miles of 6% grade. I have gone west on that highway from the Sister's area and would never, ever take my coach on it going east.

Our favored route, but way north of what you want to do, is Hwy 26 out of Salem. Connects to 20 just east of Sisters and then take 20 from Sisters to Bend.

You will be going over the Cascades. I don't think there is a route anywhere in Oregon (except for I-84) that does not require you to go over passes of 4000 feet or more.

If you coming north out of California, you might think of taking hwy 97 out of Weed and go over to Klamath Falls.

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as you stated your routes/ hwy's are all messed up Hwy 58 goes through Goshen, to oakridge over to 97.
126 leaves springfield and connects to hwy 20. hwy 34 leaves i-5 and connects to 20. hwy 22 leaves salem then connects to 20. hwy 26 leaves portland, goes through Sandy, over Mt. Hood, connects to 97 and goes to bend.
personally i woukd either do 58 or 22. As stated before you will at least be hitting 5k ft. no matter which pass route you take.
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as you stated your routes/ hwy's are all messed up Hwy 58 goes through Goshen, to oakridge over to 97.
126 leaves springfield and connects to hwy 20. hwy 34 leaves i-5 and connects to 20. hwy 22 leaves salem then connects to 20. hwy 26 leaves portland, goes through Sandy, over Mt. Hood, connects to 97 and goes to bend.
personally i woukd either do 58 or 22. As stated before you will at least be hitting 5k ft. no matter which pass route you take.
Yeah, i meant 22 not 26... my bad.
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