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RE: Yellowstone - west or northwest enterance?

On Google Maps, terrain mode, I see that Livingston is about 4500 ft. Gardner 5400, Mammoth Hot Springs 6400 (and climbing). The road south climbs to 7400 and stays around that. Madison CG is 7000. West Yellowstone 6800. 191 starts around 4800, and climbs to a high point of 7200 (a broad pass). Bozeman Pass between Livingston and Bozeman is about 5800. US287 is an alternative route from I90 to W Yellowstone. It runs in a broader valley than 191. Major stretches of 191 run along a mountain river, so are curvier.
paulj 01/14/20 09:41pm Roads and Routes
RE: Yellowstone - west or northwest enterance?

I think the main grade of 89 occurs inside the park, past Mammoth Hot Springs. Grades to West Yellowstone, and from there to Madison are gentle.
paulj 01/13/20 03:34pm Roads and Routes
RE: Kings Canyon to Yosemite to Carson City

If coming up 120 from 49 (or points west),don't let the gps send you up Old Priest Grade. Stay on the longer New grade, hwy 120 itself.
paulj 01/11/20 08:27pm Roads and Routes
RE: Kings Canyon to Yosemite to Carson City

49 crosses the foothills, hence the curves and hills even though it doesn't cross a major pass. So using a flat highway in the valley might be worth your while. Even if your paper map doesn't show the details, there are online maps (e.g. google) that show terrain - the hills and valleys, even elevations. And zoomed enough show all the curves, and streetviews.
paulj 01/11/20 11:02am Roads and Routes
RE: Well didn't know it was Tumbleweed Season

That night, New Years eve, the winds were SSW 20+ gusting to 40+. This was the first of week long set of windy rain storms passing through the PNW. Major traffic accidents due to winter wind and dust storms are regular occurrences in central Washington.
paulj 01/02/20 12:34pm Roads and Routes
RE: Ontario to Whitehorse, route advice request.

I should add that most of the discussion on Canada/Alaska board has to do with travel to Alaska, the Canadian Rockies or more scenic parts of Canada. I don't recall much discussion of the northern parts of the prairie provinces. If you've already crossed the area on 1 and 16, you may know as much as most other posters. Compared to roads closer to Whitehorse, a lot of the traffic will be local, oil and mineral businesses and first nation reserves. Judging from the Streetview density, you won't have problems bypassing Edmonton, in the Athabasca, Slave Lake and Piece River areas. https://roadreports.ama.ab.ca/
paulj 12/30/19 02:51pm Roads and Routes
RE: Ontario to Whitehorse, route advice request.

I think you'd get more responses on the Canada/Alaska section. Sounds like you are trying to skirt the edge of the farmed prairie. When I've browsed that area on google maps and streetview, the roads look flat and straight. Towns smaller and fewer than further south, but services should be fine. No hills until you read the foothills of the Rockies.
paulj 12/30/19 11:42am Roads and Routes
RE: What happened to STREET VIEW in Google Maps?

Sounds like there's been a change in your default map settings. Dragging the figure is the method that I've always used.
paulj 12/14/19 03:12pm Roads and Routes
RE: What happened to STREET VIEW in Google Maps?

There are some remote locations where they just don't have Street View. It's annoying because you get pretty used to using Street View. There should be some hidden spots on this earth! Actually I'm more surprised about the remote spots that the Google car has visited. If the road is RV accessible it probably has a streetview. Or in some cases individuals on bike, foot or ski.
paulj 12/13/19 05:12pm Roads and Routes
RE: What happened to STREET VIEW in Google Maps?

I just tried it and they changed how yo get to street view. I use to be able to click on a location and scroll in and it would switch to street view. Now I have to click on the little man to get the street view to come up. I liked the old method better. The little man has been around for ever. The zoom method still works - if I am in 3d Sat view. Once I'm in streetview, I often use the thumbnail map to select neighboring spots to view. On the setup memu, there are selections for 'traffic', 'bicycle' and 'steetview'. Select the last, and all roads with a view are highlighted. Just click on one. Or hover to see a thumbnail view. That highlighting is the same I get by grabbing the man over the map.
paulj 12/13/19 05:02pm Roads and Routes
RE: Route Lethbridge AB to Portland suggestions

You are right, US93 is the Lost Trail. 97 is further west. But BC3 west of Creston can feel like a roller coaster. US97 also has a couple of passes. I like crossing southern BC, but it is longer, and hillier than crossing Washington on the I90/US395 diagonal.
paulj 12/08/19 11:31am Roads and Routes
RE: Route Lethbridge AB to Portland suggestions

97 south to I84 crosses Lost Trail Pass on the MT/ID border
paulj 12/07/19 10:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: Route Lethbridge AB to Portland suggestions

One option is to take AB/BC 3 across Crowsnest Pass (one of the lowest in the Rockies), and then BC/US 95 into Idaho. Then I90 to US395 to I84. That stays in major river valleys, with low crossings. That's the shortest/fastest route on Google Maps
paulj 12/07/19 02:26pm Roads and Routes
RE: Major storm predicted for OR/CA border area

Yes, the road cam at the Oregeon Siskiyous chainup area is a truck parking lot. In Washington, a lot of the lower eastern passes are snowy, and US97/Blewett Summit is closed with stuck trucks and snow clearing operations. For the same period, Minnesota got up to 10 inches, with some 600 crashes or spinouts. Reminds me of one post-Thanksgiving years ago, when I skated across Wisconsin, when returning to Chicago from Mpls. The car was a simple SUV, Trooper II, with lots of tread on the tires. But for the icy conditions it was more a matter of driving slow and steady with a gentle touch on the gas (and even more so on the brakes).
paulj 11/27/19 10:26am Roads and Routes
RE: Major storm predicted for OR/CA border area

https://www.khq.com/news/all-lanes-of-i--reopen-following-crashes-involving-/article_e58af494-109b-11ea-bb0b-4fb491ab8579.html Multiple spin outs and crashes on I90 just west of Spokane this afternoon (50-100 vehicles). It's blamed on sudden snow (not deep) producing slick conditions. More than half an inch of snow fell within 25 minutes, causing very slick conditions Tuesday in parts of Spokane, the National Weather Service office in Spokane said. More on that band of snow that caused the Spokane bedlam. https://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2019/11/the-spokane-megacar-crash-up-snow-and.html He warns of a potentially similar situation Sunday in the Portland area.
paulj 11/26/19 09:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: Major storm predicted for OR/CA border area

Wow, just heard thunder and hail; a couple of weeks ago there was a brief but intense storm on the convergence zone along the King/Snohomish county line. Thunder is rare in Seattle, but twice in November? Topography has a big effect on weather, especially precipitation, around Seattle. Not just how high you are, but whether there are mountains up or down wind from you.
paulj 11/25/19 10:13pm Roads and Routes
RE: Major storm predicted for OR/CA border area

While previous forecasts had a chance of rain/snow midweek, the current one looks clearer. Cool but no precip until Sunday. Puget Sound snow needs the right mix of cold and moisture. Without the moisture it will just be cold. With the moisture it could be either, depending how just where and high the freezing line is. I just got back from a short bike ride in a chance of showers. I misread the movement of the dark clouds.
paulj 11/25/19 04:38pm Roads and Routes
Major storm predicted for OR/CA border area

High winds through out the area, heavy rain on the coast, snow in the mountains (such as the I5 pass) - Tues and Wed Nov 26-27 https://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2019/11/a-bomb-cyclone-will-hit-southern-oregon.html An even stronger storm is expected to develop over the eastern Pacific and reach the West Coast by Tuesday night. This low pressure system will likely undergo bombogenesis (pressure drop of at least 24mb in 24 hours) from Monday night to Tuesday night, at which point it could become a 980 mb low with hurricane force winds offshore! It should reach land near the California/Oregon border early Tuesday night and then begin to gradually weaken as it moves inland. The mountains of southern Oregon and northern California are likely to get hammered with blizzard conditions, and battering surf and high winds for coastal areas. Winter storm watches and warnings are already in effect for many of these areas, and the cold nature of the event will result in lower than usual snow levels. Pre-Thanksgiving travel in this region could be severely affected, and local forecast offices have additional information pertaining to this.
paulj 11/25/19 02:23pm Roads and Routes
RE: WA 20 or US 2 across the Cascades summer 2020?

July is, I think, a little early for blackberries. Some of the native ones might be that early, but the invasive Himalayan Blackberry that dominates the lowlands is more of an August/September berry (these are the ones with major thorns). Salmon berry is earlier, as is salal. In the mountains I'd expect to find more huckleberry - higher bushes in the lowlands, scrubby ones near the treeline. From the WTA site: https://www.wta.org/go-outside/seasonal-hikes/summer-destinations/berry-picking-hikes https://wholeu.uw.edu/2017/06/28/a-quick-and-juicy-guide-to-berries-of-the-northwest/ https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mbs/passes-permits/forestproducts/?cid=fseprd500110
paulj 11/18/19 10:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: WA 20 or US 2 across the Cascades summer 2020?

The Winthrop area is a mtn biking mecca - not bad for road bikes and fat/snow riding as well. On the phone, the MTB Project app is handy. There's also a hiking version. For hiking The Mountaineers (and others) have been putting out guide books for years. And the WTA site is also great. I think most of campgrounds around Winthrop are Forest Service, not BLM. Methow district https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/okawen/recarea/?recid=59073
paulj 11/16/19 12:42pm Roads and Routes
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