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Old 10-21-2011, 11:59 PM   #1
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less steep mountains thru Salt Lake east

Traveling from Reno, NV on I-80 east thru Salt Lake City and on to Omaha, NE. Heard about a mountain near or east of Salt Lake City that is pretty steep. Anyother way around Salt Lake City and this steep mountain?

How are the mountains in WY. on I-80?

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Yes, I-80, east of Salt lake City is a pretty good pull. Heading East just prior to the city take I-15, may be 215, North and follow the signs to I-84 East which will get you back on I-80, past the pull and the congestion of the city.

It has been awhile since I made the trip as I prefer going on I -90, so check your map.

The elevation in WY is fairly high but as I recall it is a gradual climb. Can get very windy.

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There is also a 3 or 4 mile pull just east of Laramie, WY on I-80 ... at the top there is a momument of Lincoln ... this is the highest point of I-80 as it crosses the US ... after that it will be downhill all the way to Omaha ....

There are rolling hills across all of Wyoming ... winds are generally more of a problem than the hills ...

Little America is a really nice place to stop for a meal ... it is an oasis in the middle of bleakness ...
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We just drove from Salt Lake to Laramie on I-80. The pull coming out of Salt Lake is long but the grade isn't particularly steep. I'm sure it meets the interstate requirement of 6%. I believe the total climb is ~2000 feet. The road to Laramie is at an elevation between 7 and 8 thousand feet the whole way but the grades are small.
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Old 10-22-2011, 08:29 AM   #5
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Traveling from Reno, NV on I-80 east thru Salt Lake City and on to Omaha, NE. Heard about a mountain near or east of Salt Lake City that is pretty steep. Anyother way around Salt Lake City and this steep mountain?

How are the mountains in WY. on I-80?

Any info is appreciated!

thanks,
dave b

BTW: I am pulling an enclosed car trailer with a car and motorcycle inside which weights about 9,500 lbs. So this iinfo is important!
There are elevations on I-80 going through WY that are abvoe 11,000', but as mentioned earlier it is more hills than mountains. You've already gone through the mountains by the time you get there. Your primary entertainment on the trip will be counting antelope alongside the interstate!

Just out of curiousity - and nothing more - what are you using to pull that much weight? I gather it is not your MH but noticed all the vehicles you have listed and thought it might be a PU.
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The elevation at the Lincoln Rest Stop is 8684 feet. It is the highest elevation on I-80 across the US. (if you believe the plaque)

The rest stop has ample parking ...I consider the drive between there and Cheyenne to be the most scenic of I-80 in WY ...

I also enjoy Echo Canyon in eastern Utah

The highest elevations that I have encountered crossing the Rockies are on I-70 in Colorado ... some of the passes are in excess of 10,000 feet.
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The elevation at the Lincoln Rest Stop is 8684 feet. It is the highest elevation on I-80 across the US. (if you believe the plaque)

The rest stop has ample parking ...I consider the drive between there and Cheyenne to be the most scenic of I-80 in WY ...

I also enjoy Echo Canyon in eastern Utah

The highest elevations that I have encountered crossing the Rockies are on I-70 in Colorado ... some of the passes are in excess of 10,000 feet.
Interesting comment about the elevation as I guess I'll have to have my GPS checked (or my memory). I distinctly remember my wife and I expressing amazement that the elevation was so high. What you stated makes more sense. FWIW, I-70 isn't the only road in CO with elevations above 10K'. There are actually quite a few, some of which are really challenging for a gasser like mine.
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Wow, a 36 inch Dolphin! I have heard of small motorhomes but this one clearly takes the cake! I have never seen a coach that is taller than it is long!
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dave...that climb is pretty steep in my opinion and I've been through all the lower 48 states with an RV. I remember the steep grades and that's one of them I remember.
I have used 84 north of Salt Lake and it is somewhat better than 80 as far as the steepness goes.
I'm at about 25,000lb total and will be going that way next summer. I know I'll be down in 2nd by the time I get to the top. The good news is that it's a very pretty section so going slow lets you take in the scenery.
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As far as I'm concerned the pull east of SLC is almost as bad as the pull up to the Eisenhower Tunnel (12,000 ft, hightest point on I-70) on I-70 in my home state of Colorado. After that across I-80 in Wyoming there isn't much to be concerned with other than the previously mentioned climb between Laramie and Cheyenne, and of coarse the constant winds. I've crossed that state on I-80 dozens of times. You will cross the contental divide several times as the mountains snake back and forth, but if it weren't for the signs you wouldn't know it as it isn't readily noticable. For something to do in Laramie visit the old Territorial Prision from the 1800's where Butch Cassity was once a "guest".
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There is also a 3 or 4 mile pull just east of Laramie, WY on I-80 ... at the top there is a momument of Lincoln ... this is the highest point of I-80 as it crosses the US ... after that it will be downhill all the way to Omaha ....

There are rolling hills across all of Wyoming ... winds are generally more of a problem than the hills ...

Little America is a really nice place to stop for a meal ... it is an oasis in the middle of bleakness ...
They had I80 closed yesterday or maybe the day before, because of a foot of snow in Laramie and it was single digit temps. I do not want to be there! Actualy, I80 thru Wy is mostly a gradual climb from East to West with a continous wind on your nose when heading west. It makes for a hard pull especially in the fuel usage. Once west of the pass between Cheyenne and Laramie the route apears flat. Kinda like Nebraska with a gradual climb east to west with the wind on your nose. Both States always seem endless to me until I compare with a drive across Texas.
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