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Old 09-20-2015, 04:55 PM   #1
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Route suggestions from Seattle to Mesa

We are on our way from Vancouver BC to Mesa AZ and I would appreciate any suggestions for best route. I've driven I-5 many times down to Bakersfield and then East to Phoenix. If I can avoid that I would be happy. Likely crossing into WA first of November ... don't want to risk any mountain passes that could be snowed.

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Old 09-20-2015, 06:36 PM   #2
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I've hit snow so many times , on every route; south from Vancouver; that when it comes time for tires , I'll be looking at traction tread.
No way out of Washington, Oregon , that doesn't have a pass with the possibility of snow, at that time of year , and I'm usually a week ahead of your departure date.
Hope the fires flanking I-5 are out by the time we travel.
From I-5, I've started going south of Bakersfield to avoid the traffic there , through Arvin, east of Arvin, on 223, there is a short steep climb to link to 58, but it's very light traffic, that route adds about 20 miles , but my best guess-timate would be a 45 min saving over all the traffic lights, through Bakersfield.
This year , I'll be going south from Kelowna, through Montana to visit friends who can no longer come south for health reasons, and the two times I've done the route there , I've hit snow. I-84 through Ontario OR, snow , 97 south to Weed CA, snow.
The one time I considered the coast route through OR. to miss the Passes on I-5 at the CA border, surf was running 38' and there was a tornado in Newport. We just travel at the wrong time of year for good dry weather.
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We are headed south a week earlier than you. I am planning to cross over over to 395 from Springfield / Eugene, the follow 395 to the Palm Springs area, then take 10 east. That is not the Google recommended route, but I have driven it before in the middle of winter and had no problems. We will watch the weather and change our plan if needed.
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Nov you can have snow keep on top of the weather. I 5 to Seattle if no snow on Snoqualmie take 90 to 82 to 84 to Twin Falls ID take 93 south all the way to Wickenburg AZ and the 60 to Phoenix this is the short route with no more chances of snow than the 5. Good luck
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We are leaving Oct. 1st for Mayer AZ from Port Townsend, WA. I-5 South to Vancouver I-205 to I-84 to I-15 to UT-20 across to UT-89 to Flagstaff down I-17 to AZ 69.

Hope the weather holds up for us............

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We are headed south a week earlier than you. I am planning to cross over over to 395 from Springfield / Eugene, the follow 395 to the Palm Springs area, then take 10 east. That is not the Google recommended route, but I have driven it before in the middle of winter and had no problems. We will watch the weather and change our plan if needed.
Beware of the pass (7500') at Bodie CA. I got snowed on there last year at the end of Sept. heading back from Reno.
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coopevilleDF route is the best and fastest. Just beware of the pass at Bodie. Also check the weather on I15 at Cajon pass. One other note, there is major construction where I15 and I215 come together above San Bernardino. Caltrans is completely redoing that interchange and isn't slated to be completed until the end of 2016. It's a mess right now.
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