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Old 06-17-2016, 08:48 PM   #1
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Does anyone in the forums know what HY 26 &/or HY 20 through Oregon to I5 in WA are like? looks like I can catch either just off I84 in ID. I'm planning a 10 - 12 week trip that will make a 6000+ mile loop back to home. I'll head to WA and then to the IA, IL, south to OK, TX ,and back to NM.
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Old 06-18-2016, 02:12 PM   #2
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No one here has driven 20 or 26 through Oregon?
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Old 06-18-2016, 04:54 PM   #3
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The only part of 26 I'm familiar with is from Government Camp, Oregon to Portland. That's all four land. West of Portland is four lane for about 15 miles and then 2 lane over to the coast. West of Portland is a nice drive over to the coast. If your concern is about ease of driving it with an RV, it won't be a problem. A bit windy and hilly and here and there but it's a good road for an RV.
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Old 06-18-2016, 05:20 PM   #4
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Driving from Idaho across Oregon, I personally would take I84 all the way just to get there. If I was picking 20 or 26.... 26 is the better road. These are two lane hiways with mountain passes and limited passing areas and likely to be multiple sections with construction projects during the summer. With that said, the scenery in eastern and central Oregon is beautiful and if you have the time either road would make a great trip.

Where is it you are trying to get to. Oregon is a big state crossing it that direction.
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Old 06-18-2016, 08:22 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info.

I am headed to Woodburn for a couple days to pickup a relative at Portland airport then up into Dash Point Pk WA for dads 92 BD. Two lane road & hills are OK that's pretty normal here in NM. I live at 5000ft and it's mountains no matter which way along with plenty of spring winds. I have been to OR before but not on those Highways. I recall one there that is closed during winters and it goes from black top to a trail. I think some people died up there one winter out of gas and stuck in the snow because their GPS routed them that way. I just wanted to insure 20 & 26 are not one of those. I'll have to check on the construction, that may change the route I take.

I know Camperbob is at Dash Point as a camp host so I'm hoping to have a cup with him.
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Old 06-19-2016, 12:00 AM   #6
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Neither 26 or 20 are closed during the winter. I believe the incident your referring to was in southern Oregon, down near Klamath Falls.

It really just depends on what you want to see and where you want to stay along the way. Woodburn is south of Portland so depending on the time of day and day of week 20 would skip some of the congestion as you would be hitting I5 on the south side as you get into western Oregon. 26 takes you through John Day and into Prineville, Redmond and Sisters at which point you could hit 97 and get onto 20 into the south portion of I5. And of course should you change your mind you can always head north at any of the various junctions and hit I84. You really have a lot of options. During the summer you likely will have short delays for construction or paving at some point regardless of the route you choose. Since your familiar with mountain towing at high altitudes, that is what your up against whichever cross state route you choose. I don't really think you can make a bad decision, each route has some beautiful scenery especially out in the far eastern portion of the state. You can make the drive in a day but it's a long haul pulling a trailer. Personally I'd plan a stop somewhere in Central Oregon to stay for the night and then do the other half the next day. The real congestion will be as you enter the i5 corridor during peak travel times for rush hour. If your final destination for an evening is to get to Woodburn my preference would be to enter I5 from the south and move north into Woodburn rather than to enter Portland on 26 and then have to fight my way South, especially since you said you will be going to the airport which means you will be getting to do it twice if you come in on 26.

Also, as you leave Woodburn to head to the Airport take I205 and not I5. I5 through Portland is almost always a mess, the South hills are curvy and almost always have a wreck. 205 will look a little longer on paper but it will be a straight shot to the airport and is much less painful.

I'm sure there are people who have more experience in recent years and can give you better advice. My trips were back and forth between home and college in Corvallis and I made the drive many many times.

There used to be a real nice RV park called the Crooked River Ranch outside of Redmond that we liked to camp at in central Oregon and I'm sure there are others as well.

Sorry for my ramble. I hope it helps. Hit google maps and plan a fun route. There is lots to see along the way.
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If you are going to choose between 20 and 26 I'd take 26. Late last month we made a run down I5 and on to 26 on a trip to the Cove Palisades in the Culver area. There is construction on the west side of the pass but it wasn't bad. If you stay on 26 it will run you into I205 but you'll be going through some residential areas passing through Gresham. I agree with the other recommendations to use I205 for airport as well as north-bound bypass of downtown Portland. If you decide to avoid the smaller highways and stick to I84 it's a pretty drive along the Columbia - just be aware that it can be quite windy in some places along that route.

And I think it's SmokerBill that's hosting at Dash Point State park if I remember correctly from perusing his recent rattle snake saga...

Sounds like a fun trip! Enjoy your time up here in the Northwest....
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with google earth you can actually drive every mile of those roads, see exactly what, how, and where....
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Either Hwy 20 or 26 are fine in the summer except for the occasional construction. They are both major 2 lane highways. Big rigs drive them along with all kinds of smaller cars.
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When we lived in Boise, I had a meeting in Bend, Oregon and decided to drive. Took US 20 and it was an incredibly beautiful drive, especially through Stinkingwater/Drinkingwater passes. As I recall, there's not much out there with regards to humans.
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