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Old 01-30-2016, 03:49 PM   #1
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SR 12 in Washington

Has anyone driven Washington State Road 12 from Yakima west to I5? We are planning a trip this summer and wondering if this is a viable RV road. Have accidentally been on a few narrow, no shoulder cliff hangers and prefer a calmer driving experience.
We have a smaller class A with toad and ample horsepower.

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Old 01-30-2016, 03:51 PM   #2
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Nice drive, but slow. Lots of ups and downs.
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Right now Hiway 12 is 1 lane near the summit both east and west bound. I'm not sure but I believe heavy rains caused the road to washout in several places. US 12 is narrow and windy climbing up from Yakima and down to just before you get to Packwood. After Packwood the only problem is a 55 mph speed limit. Two lane most of the way and truckers seem to like this route.

Pretty drive with the Tieton River on your left on the climb up to White Pass. Also the powers that be are constantly working on the road and some of the narrower sections have been widened. I wouldn't rule it out for your rig. I'm sure I've used it in the MH just can't remember which trip. One of our favorite rides on a Harley.


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No problem at all. It's not 60mph like i-90, but much much nicer scenery.
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I agree, you shouldn't have any problems and a scenic drive. Our favorite campground along the route is Taidnapam, a Tacoma City Light park. Nice spots, some drive throughs, on a lake, some hookups (I think water and electric but there may full hookups in the new section).
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This is an excellent road for RVers. Many drive it. I don't understand the comment of it being narrow. It's a typical two-lane road. It's not narrow. It's also not what I would call winding. No, it's not straight as an arrow but it also doesn't have hairpin turns. It has gentle curves in places. We've driven it many times with our 40' motorhome.

The issue right now is a mudslide on the road due to heavy rains this winter. If you're planning for a summer drive it'll be repaired.
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It's a heavily used US highway. Be vigilant and drive defensively and awake/aware in the summer. No clearance or tight spot issues.
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This is an excellent road for RVers. Many drive it. I don't understand the comment of it being narrow. It's a typical two-lane road. It's not narrow. It's also not what I would call winding. No, it's not straight as an arrow but it also doesn't have hairpin turns. It has gentle curves in places. We've driven it many times with our 40' motorhome.

The issue right now is a mudslide on the road due to heavy rains this winter. If you're planning for a summer drive it'll be repaired.
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i agree 100%, don't understand where others are going
it a good 2 lane highway that is very scenic
usually drive it a couple times a year in a 40 footer with a toad
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Since we live in the northern part of the State, we usually cross on SR-20, from Anacortes over to Winthrop. It usually gets closed in mid-October through early April because of snow-drift blockages, but it's a beautiful drive when the weather cooperates.
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