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Old 01-26-2016, 08:01 PM   #1
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PISMO BEACH TO PALM DESERT_Any big hills?

We will be heading from Pismo Beach to Palm Desert in February and have never traveled that route before. There appears to be several options for initial routing all ending up on I-10. My questions are:
1. Any best route (I will be traveling on a Thursday) suggestions?
2. Are there any substantial hills?
We tow a Jeep 4 dr. and on routes with substantial hills (steep or long moderate inclines our speed slows significantly and we sometimes prefer to just drive separately.
Looking forward to any opinions on route and any knowledge regarding the hills if any.
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As long as you stay on 101 there aren't any big pulls. If you follow your GPS and take 154 to Santa Barbara there will be some grades to deal with. We just came from Palm Desert to Paso and some sections of 210 will beat you up. Good luck.
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We live in Palm Desert and travel to the coast often. On the way back, we would normally take the 101 south to the 126 east to the 5 south to the 210 east to the 10. There are no big hills on that route, but as mentioned in the previous reply, some sections of the 210 are not in the best shape and we would add that the traffic once you get to the 5 is pretty bad almost any day/time.

Lately we have have added a few miles (10 or so) to our trip to avoid the freeways thru the LA/Pasadena areas. We would now take the 101 south to the 126 east to the 5 south then instead of the 210, we would take 14 north to 138 east to the 15 south to the 215 south to the 210 to the 10. This takes you thru Palmdale instead of Pasadena. Prettier drive, way less traffic. There are a couple little hills on the 14 north before you get to the 138, but nothing serious.
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Great, exactly what I was hoping to learn! Thanks!
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Lots of options. Driven this route several times. If you travel at non traffic times I would take 101 to the 134 then 210 and 10. That is the most direct. You will have two grades, Cuesta, near San Luis, not bad, but some serious downhill. Then the Conejo grade just out of Camarillo, that's 7%. Highly advise to avoid the 154 as it is two lane hilly descent with many accidents. Towing, you won't save any time.



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Couple few years ago I used 101 to 58, 395, 15, 215, 10. And back. Avoided all the 210 and PCH stuff
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Just to clarify: There are no non-traffic times on the 134 in either direction. I worked in that area for decades, it's always backed up. Also, if you are driving south from Pismo on the 101, the Cuesta grade is north of you. Go east on the 126 and you avoid any Camarillo grade altogether.
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I took the route recommended by Mrs Chilerick. There are still some grades and the route is longer but it worked out great both coming and going and according to our GPS we avoided some traffic issues.
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Old 02-26-2016, 11:49 PM   #9
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Unless you like white knuckle mountain driving, I would avoid 154. Follow Winepress' suggestion. The downhill coast side of 154 is not a pleasant ride for a large coach. Take the 101, relax and enjoy the view. Time and distance differences aren't significant.
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I took the route recommended by Mrs Chilerick. There are still some grades and the route is longer but it worked out great both coming and going and according to our GPS we avoided some traffic issues.

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You're welcome. Because of the traffic advantages, we even take that route in the car when we need to go that way. I'm glad it worked out for you.
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