Originally Posted by traveler of california
Our daughter may move to McCall, ID in the near future. We travel frequently to the Coeur d'Alene area to visit other family and would like some info on motorhome travel between the two areas. Seems as if Highway 95 follows the Snake River and is a bit windy.
Is this an easy route for a 36' MoHo and toad?
Hwy 95 does not follow the Snake River. You will have I believe the Weiser R and later the Little Salmon R and near Lewiston, the Clearwater R. If you get on it on the Idaho side of Ontario OR, there are some slow spots but really doable. Idaho has a 3 car rule, that if you are not going the speed limit and have 3 rigs behind you, you should pull over and let them by at the next pull off. You would take hwy 55 into McCall and that has a windy uphill section.
Once on hwy 95 at New Meadows and heading north, you should be good. You will have a steep hill to climb out of White Bird but there are several spots to pull off if you need to let the MH cool down or just stop and read about the history. Also the Lewiston hill is a steep climb but the road is good and 4 lanes. I myself, love this drive. Just take your time and enjoy the views. Of course you have to remember what one person thinks is a great road, another would hate. I've lived in Idaho most all my life and have no problem with windy roads. If you were going to do this during the winter, it would be a whole other answer as you would encounter lots of snow in parts of the route.
You will have some great views of the prairies, grain fields, mountains, and the palouse. Be sure to stop in Cottonwood at the Dog Bark Park. There is a B & B in the shape of a dog that people rent. The guy also has all kinds of wood chain saw carvings to look at. Take a rafting trip out of Riggins. View some of the Lewis & Clark spots along the Clearwater in Lewiston. And there are a couple of casinos near by on the way.
Hope that helps.