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Old 06-28-2020, 02:25 PM   #1
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Smile Western Trip Route Ideas Please

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Looking for an interesting and pleasant route from Los Angeles toward the Sawtooth area, maybe Grand Teton, or that general direction

Main concern is avoiding difficult or twisty mountain roads. Can only drive 38 footer on gentle mountain roads.

very grateful for any suggestions, and for good stop ideas along the way

Thank you - Mark
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Old 06-28-2020, 04:33 PM   #2
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Get to Las Vegas and then take 93 north into Idaho. After that it depends on your comfort zone.
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Old 06-28-2020, 05:46 PM   #3
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Get to Las Vegas and then take 93 north into Idaho. After that it depends on your comfort zone.
X2. Hwy 93 is a great drive. It will take you all the from Vegas to Twin Falls ID. I worked one summer for the US Forest Service in the Sawtooth. Beautiful area. 93 will connect to Hwy 75 just north of Twin Falls. Staying on 75 you will pass Sun Valley and then go over the Galina Pass. Once over the pass it will be mostly flat all the way to Stanley. Follow 75 along the Salmon River to Challis. From there you will reconnect on 93. You can go north on 93 to Salmon ID or take 93 south to Hwy 26 to Blackfoot ID and reconnect on I-15. Or stay on 93 south to Craters of the Moon. Enjoy your trip.
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There's no way to get to the Sawtooths at Stanley, ID without a climb and/or descent. The easiest would be at Twin Falls 93/26 to 93 toward Challis and then west on 75 to Stanley. You will have Willow Creek Divide on 93 just south of Challis with 3-5% grades for approx 3-4 miles which is mild for the western mountains.

Coming up through Sun Valley on 75 you would have Galena Summit with 6% grade.

To get to Teton Nat'l Park from Stanley, ID. go east on 75 to 93 toward Arco then 20 east to Idaho Falls and pick up 26 east to Alpine then north on 26/89 into Jackson, WY - a nice easy drive.

Caution: If looking at a map do not take a shortcut off 26 at Swan Valley, ID and picking up 31/22 into Jackson. You definitely will not like coming down Teton Pass!

From Jackson into Teton Nat'l Park is an easy drive, as well. If you can dry camp we really enjoy Gros Ventre campground in Teton NP. It has 300 sites; no reservations but rarely fills. There's another similar campground farther north into the park called Colter Bay campground. It's next door to the hookup RV park called Colter RV - need reservations for this one.

The Sawtooths and Teton NP are favorite areas of our. Enjoy! Don't forget Yellowstone which you can enter from Teton NP.
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