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Old 08-05-2015, 09:56 AM   #1
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Route from 101 to Corvallis

I'll be travelling north to Seattle area in December. Coming up from California via 101. How is Hwy 20 from around Newport to Corvallis then to I-5 for snow and ice? Or. any suggestions to avoid high passes and the inherent winter conditions?

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Old 08-05-2015, 08:56 PM   #2
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Are you taking your RV or travelling by car?

By avoiding the section of I-5 from Redding to Canyonville, you have missed the bad passes on the freeway.
But freezing fog, or high winds, can be issues on the coast road, at that time of year, and I've never driven OR 20.
I've driven the I-5 in mid, Dec and had very bad roads, thank goodness I was just in my toad, family health issues meant I had to return south Jan first and bring the coach back Jan 10, so three times over the route in just over three weeks, both Jan. trips weather was not an issue.

If you have good weather either route will be fine , but there could be a very short period of good weather that time of year.

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Old 08-05-2015, 09:26 PM   #3
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Route from 101 to Corvallis

I use that route all the time in the winter. Most of the time wet , or fog are more of a problem and snow or ice are not a problem .. Most of the time ! Further south crossing over to the Eugene area would be a little less " climb" and somewhat less chance of hitting ice but generally either way would be no problem especially as early as December. With all things, a severe storm or cold spell can change that for a couple days . Staying along the coast and avoiding I5 Calif Ore border passes is a good plan. The further south on 101 you cross the less mountain coast range you go over, once you get up to the Eugene crossing area.
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20 is fine,there is one very curvy section near eddyville that they are working on.
25 miles north at lincoln city highway 18 to 22 to salem and I-5 is a better road.
( that is only my opinion others mar disagree )
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Thanks for the info.
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Old 12-13-2015, 08:40 PM   #6
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Follow up. I ended up going up 101 to Florence, OR and then OR 126 to Eugene. Hwy 126 is really not a bad drive at all.

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