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Old 06-13-2017, 08:47 PM   #1
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Seattle to Texas or reverse?

Just curious if anyone knows whether it is more downhill to head south east from Seattle to Texas or the other way around?
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Old 06-13-2017, 08:51 PM   #2
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I have no experience, but I would think that it would be a bit of both. And it's going to depend on what route you take.
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I guess it depends on where you are going... since Seattle is basically at sea level and Texas on the coast is at sea level it could be exactly the same...
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Old 06-13-2017, 09:09 PM   #4
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Well, since Seattle is UP (just look at a map) it must be more uphill
Seriously, Seattle is at sea level and so is a lot of Texas, so I don't think it matters much. The flattest route would probably be west to California and then north along the coast up to Seattle. I would be surprised if you got much over 4000ft on that route.
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Old 06-13-2017, 09:42 PM   #5
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Well, since Seattle is UP (just look at a map) it must be more uphill
Seriously, Seattle is at sea level and so is a lot of Texas, so I don't think it matters much. The flattest route would probably be west to California and then north along the coast up to Seattle. I would be surprised if you got much over 4000ft on that route.
Taking the shorter route... We are in between... and we are at 4,200ft at home in SLC... our trip last year, we climbed to 7k to get to Texas in the shorter route... #Daniels Summit, #Parleys Canyon #Climb Denver
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Old 06-23-2017, 04:25 PM   #6
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I seem to find we get better gas mileage when heading south through WA (Seattle to Portland)... even when our end point is "uphill" from Seattle (halfway up the Columbia River on the Oregon border). Not sure why that is... maybe better slope grades that way along I-5?

The other consideration... when heading South & East, you're more likely to have the wind at your back due to prevailing jet stream flows. But, that will depend on the day, too.
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We recently pulled a 5vr to Seattle from Louisiana up to the Dakotas and across I-90 into Seattle. We had 3-4 high passes thru Montana, Idaho and Washington.

We returned thru California and I-40 back to Louisiana. For us the route thru California had much lower passes and not hear as many. We were thru the high passes after entering California form Oregon. The route thru the length of California does get extremely long when you are restricted to 55 mph when towing anything. Hope this helps.
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Old 06-24-2017, 06:19 PM   #8
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If you take the shortest route (that goes thru Utah) - you pass thru Moab and can stop at two of the nicest National Parks along the way.

That route through Utah, Idaho, Colorado and New Mexico is is part of the one we took to Texas. Either way, you will pass thru Salt Lake City.
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Thank you everyone. I really appreciate your input.
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