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Old 06-27-2012, 10:27 AM   #1
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Redding to Bend


We are leaving for Bend this Saturday from San Francisco. We are towing and wondering what the roads are like from Redding to Bend. We will be traveling on I5 and US 97. Any mountain passes, log downgrades, etc. or is is a pretty easy drive avoiding mountain passes.


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Old 06-27-2012, 10:57 AM   #2
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It is really a pleasant drive through some very nice country. You will climb a bit north of Redding as you approach Mt. Shasta but it is not that steep or difficult. Once you pass that point it is a piece of cake with some rolling hills but nothing to worry about.


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Old 06-27-2012, 11:23 AM   #3
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Thanks Nick:

So sounds like no real descents to worry about on US 97 as opposed to taking the I5 to Medford/Ashland?
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My opinion is a bit different. I think there are some pretty long grades on I-5 north of Redding but it is freeway and many of the climbs have added an extra lane as a passing lane or truck lane. It'll be hot so make sure your cooling system is in good shape.

A little info I picked up off the internet:
While the town of Weed has an elevation of 3,467 feet (1,057 m), a section of U.S. Route 97 in California is above 5,000 feet (1,500 m) in elevation with two significant summits. At mile 19 the Grass Lake Summit has an elevation of 5,101 feet (1,555 m). There is a rest area with restrooms at Grass Lake about a half-mile south of the summit.[3] At mile 30 the Mount Hebron Summit has an elevation of 5,202 feet (1,586 m). The small community of Mount Hebron follows the descent from the summit, but is located a couple miles east of the highway. The next community located directly on the highway is unincorporated town of Macdoel. Here's site on hwy 97. Weather and web cams courtesy of Medford Fuel / Pacific Pride
That said both I-5 & 97 are good roads for us travelers. Enjoy the trip.
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About half way between Bend and Burn is Glass Butte. It is BLM land and you can boondock there. We spent 3 days in 2008 collecting Obsidian, volcanic glass. It is legal to collect up to 250 pounds. We ended up with about 100 pounds. This Obsidian is seven million years old and is beautiful. We mounted it on Christmas cards and gave it to our friends for the holidays. We included some info about the geology concerning the eruption. Our friends loved the gift.

If you have time you should be rock hounds for a day at Glass Butte.
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:21 PM   #6
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Yes, 97 is a very easy drive. You will do much more climbing if you stay on I5. I have driven it several times in a MoHo/toad and have never considered it an issue. I just checked my Mountain Directory West and there is no "warning" on their map. They do suggest you be aware of the climb/descent on I5 at the state border as you climb the Siskiyous.

Have a good trip.

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Old 06-27-2012, 04:45 PM   #7
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The others hit on the two grades you'll encounter. There is a steep grade out of Redding into the Lake Shasta area. Once you climb the initial grade out of Redding, you'll hit rolling hills all the way through to the Weed area. The road through the lake area crosses a couple of bridges that feel narrow, especially when the trucks are flying through. It's a very nice/beautiful area to drive through.

Once you turn off onto 97, you'll drive through a flat area until you hit the town of Dorris which is right on the border between California and Oregon. You have to make a couple of low speed sharp turns to get through Dorris and then back on the road.

The next grade will be through the Siskiyous mountains. As another stated, it will be hot this time of year.....about a 100+ going through Redding and through Mount Shasta.

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