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Old 02-13-2013, 05:22 PM   #1
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Hwy 84 from Hermiston Or. to Portland Or.

Can anybody tell me if it is advisable to travel this route in the 2nd week in march. We will be on our way back from the south and are thinking of going this route. We are traveling in a 38 ft. coach towing an Suv. Is there any high mountain passes with winter weather to be worried about. Thanks.
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You will have no problem at all, a major freeway
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I live in Portland, travel that quite a bit. As wb said, it's a major highway with a lot of truck traffic, it's kept open as much as possible.

HOWEVER, the Columbia Gorge is known for rotten conditions during a storm. It's even closed a couple of times a year. There is plenty of warning, it's never very long, but the weather does get bad there occasionally.

I don't hesitate to drive it, however. Lots of amenities and support along the way.
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It's almost sea level all the way from Hermiston to Portland- by March, snow shouldn't be an issue. Since your other choices (other than Washington side of river) would take you over the mountains, 84's probably your best bet.

Just be aware that spring winds can be pretty hairy in the Columbia Gorge!
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Thanks all for the replies. We have traveled that area before and turned off and went into Washington via 82 I think. It will be nice to see something else. I love traveling through Oregon and Washington, lots of things to see and do.
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The worst of the gorge is freezing rain and high wind gusts. Typically the freezing rain is over by March, but it can happen as late as March. Otherwise a great inner state and one of the most beautiful routes in the States. I've driven it for the last 40+ years. Just watch the weather report as you draw close to your travel date.
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If time permits try to stop at Multnomah Falls - about half an hour east of Portland. Highest water falls in Oregon. Very beautiful.
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Thanks for all the replies. It sounds like a nice worthwile drive. I allways check the weather before and while traveling so we should be fine. This forum is the greatest for info like this. Thanks again.
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And have lunch at the Falls. Superb food, great view, modestly priced for what it is.
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The hatchery at Bonneville Dam has a HUGE sturgeon in an outside tank there...if you've never seen one of these monsters in-the-flesh it's definitely worth a stop. There's lots of good parking at the visitors center, and nice picnic grounds too!
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