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looking for suggestions on routing from Reno to Coos Bay OR. 40 foot class A towing Ford F-150 with Harley trike in truck bed. Don't really enjoy situations with a lot of steep downhills. Have done it, and can do it again if appropriate, just don't enjoy it. We have time to wander a bit.

places to see and stay along the way would also be appreciated.


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We spent a couple of quiet nights at an RV park south of Alturas, CA. near the 'town' of Likely. Don't remember the name but google it.
It had a golf course, a cafe, and super quiet country atmosphere.

Don't miss Crater Lake, if you've never seen it. Plan on plenty of time to drive the entire loop. Fascinating story. We stayed at Collier Memorial S.P. south of the lake. F-H, shade, decent sites.

We ate lunch at the inside/sit down/full service restaurant at Crater and had good food and service. Not the snack bar deck.

The little town of Bandon, S. of Coos Bay, is very nice and peaceful. Good restaurants, shops, and farmer's market. Scenery is great. Several so-so rv parks but also a St. Park right at edge of town.

Enjoy your trip!

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This is the route we drove a few years ago:
Reno to Coos Bay

Stopped for a couple nights at Tulelake fairgrounds to see Lava Beds NM.


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Collier might still be closed due to the fires that went through that area last summer.

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We spent a couple of quiet nights at an RV park south of Alturas, CA. near the 'town' of Likely. Don't remember the name but google it.
It had a golf course, a cafe, and super quiet country atmosphere.

Don't miss Crater Lake, if you've never seen it. Plan on plenty of time to drive the entire loop. Fascinating story. We stayed at Collier Memorial S.P. south of the lake. F-H, shade, decent sites.

We ate lunch at the inside/sit down/full service restaurant at Crater and had good food and service. Not the snack bar deck.

The little town of Bandon, S. of Coos Bay, is very nice and peaceful. Good restaurants, shops, and farmer's market. Scenery is great. Several so-so rv parks but also a St. Park right at edge of town.

Enjoy your trip!



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I have an allergic reaction every time I I get on a freeway so this is the route I would take. Little longer than I-5. https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Reno,+NV........1229!2m2!1d-124.2178903!2d43.3665007!3e0

The only major grade is on OR 58 Willamette Pass about 6 miles 6%, well marked. Several 45 mph corners.

As Collier Campground is closed as noted, museum is limited. It is a shame as they had great logging displays.

Crater Lake NP for sure. You can drive around the lake or take a bus tour which isn't too bad. I have taken my 35' MH around, road is narrow with rough spots. Diamond Lake is fairly close to the north entrance of the park and the mosquitos always enjoy fresh meat.

There is a casino near Chiloquin https://klamoyacasino.com/ I can't recall what the stay limit is maybe 3 days. Food is decent. Fuel next door at truck stop. Could day trip up to Crater Lake.

Lots of stuff in the Bend, OR area. Here is one idea. https://www.visitbend.com/points-interes........onal-volcanic-monument-newberry-caldera/ and https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/deschutes/recarea/?recid=66159

If you do decide to go toward Bend you can take US 20 west overs Santiam Pass, 5 miles 6% grade. At bottom of pass, (left turn) follow OR 126 west. DO NOT attempt OR 242 unless you take the toad. The Dee Wright Observatory is worth the drive if you hit one one of the days that you can see into next week. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/willamette/recarea/?recid=4403

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Posted: 04/09/21 12:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

395/44/89 diagonally up to Shasta is direct without major grades. It mostly stays in the 5000/4000 ft level, same as Reno.

I5 across the OR board does have one modest pass. My only complaint was that I felt like I was play hop-scotch with all the trucks.

OR42 is one of the lower roads across the coastal mountains, and is the most direct route from the central corridor to the south coast and Coos bay.

I think all the other suggestions will be longer and involve more grades. Crater Lake is a mountain top.

US97 from Weed north is relatively flat, staying at the 4000 level past Bend. From there to the Cascade passes the climb is minor (especially OR58), but grades down to near sea level are long.

Another option is to cross the Sierras on I80 or CA20, and then 20 across the coast range to US101. Then its redwoods and coast all the way north.

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thank you to everyone who took the time to reply. Appreciate your suggestions.

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