Planning a trip to Oregon coast mid Sept, will be coming from southern Idaho. Will be staying south of Bend near crater lake area 1 night and then going over to Coos Bay area. My question is, what route would be the best and were around Coos bay would you recommend we stay and places that are a must to see. There are two rigs a 26 ft trailer and a 30 ft 5th wheel. Thanks
Started with campershell and tent in 1980,
1 camper and 4 trailers later,
2009 Jayco 25 RKS,
2005 Dodge 2500 Cummins 5.9 Turbo Diesel
OR138 from the north side of Crater Lake is scenic (esp. waterfalls) and relatively easy. It's mostly downhill from Diamond Lake. OR42 is a good way through the coast mountains. In other words, go via Roseburg.
You could leave the Crater Lake area via OR62 to Medford, but I'd still recommend 42 to the coast.
Agree with others. Hwy 138 to Roseburg and Hwy 42 to the coast. Hwy 138 follows the N. Umpqua river most of the way and there are several nice waterfalls along that route that you can stop at. Good catch and release fly fishing and/or white water boating in the river. There are also number of nice USFS campgrounds along that route as well.
Hwy 42 goes past an elk reserve.
Easy diving entire route....other than winding through Roseburg.
Not too far south of Coos Bay is Bandon. Great place for fish and chips and beach hiking (we like the beach on the south side of town the best). Bullards Beach State park, on the north side of Bandon, is one of the nicer parks on the coast and a great place to either stay at or just visit for the day.