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Old 04-10-2019, 02:35 PM   #1
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Route from Laughlin NV to Portland OR

Which would be the best route for avoiding lots of mountain passes from Laughlin NV to Portland Oregon. I know I-5 has the Shasta area and the Siskous plus another four lesser passes north of Ashland and am wondering how many engine grinders are on the I 15 route to Salt Lake and then to I 84? I have never been up through the Jack Pot route that others travel and wondering what way most people from the northwest choose. Thanks in advance
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You'll have a rougher time on I-84. How about Hwy 93? Sometimes you can use secondary highways to skirt around. We love them!

What is so bad about passes? It's hard in the West to find a flat route.
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I go that direction twice a year and take Hwy. 95 out of Las Vegas towards Reno, then Hwy. 395 north towards Klamath Falls, OR. Then Hwy. 97 to Hwy. 58 west to I-5 then towards Portland. Some grades, but those can't be avoided. This is basically the truck route and good roads overall. The grade out of Laughlin will probably be the worst part of this trip!



Hope this helps. Let me know if you have further questions.
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I agree with jhlady however technically you take 395 to Susanville then 139 (becomes 39) to Altamont (near Klamath Falls) to pickup 97.
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Lot better going north then south on I-5......Reno to Susanville, to McCloud.......
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Old 04-10-2019, 09:27 PM   #6
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Agreed about driving 395 North. Iíve gone about 4 different routes in this are and thatís the most impressive.
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If you plan to take 395 north to Klamath Falls, itís better to turn off for Alturas, CA before you reach Susanville. To go north to K Falls from Susanville requires a climb up a 6-7% grade with sheer drop-offs for four miles. The Alturas/Canby route is much easier. You can also head west from Susanville on 44/89, towards I-5 at Shasta, which would also skip that hill. Highway 58 is a good road, but there are a couple of runaway truck ramps as you descend going west.
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If you are thinking about going through Salt Lake City, it is much shorter, and an easier drive to do 93/318/93 through Jackpot to I-84 at Twin Falls. Then its a gradual climb up over the Blues and down Cabbage hill.
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I suggest Mnoel's route. It involves only a small short pass at Ely, and longer grades at Baker and Pendleton on I84. None of these require much use of the brakes if you gear correctly. You will be descending on the longer steeper sections on all three grades. The roads across Nevada have low traffaic and are wide, well maintained and a lot more pleasant to drive in a Motorhome than an interstate freeway.
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