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Posted: 11/12/19 05:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We've never done either of these roads! Have had them on our list in the past but forest fires caused a change in plans. So if were only going to do one or the other, which would you choose? We'll be travelling west to east. We may plan an extra day or two on whichever one we travel to do some hiking.

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Posted: 11/12/19 06:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It is the time it that the highway closes. watch weather we already had snow.


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WA 20 usually closes around Thanksgiving (depending on snow fall) and US 2 is open year-round but sometimes has temporary closures do to snow removal or avalanche control. These usually only last a few hours but can last a day or two.

Both of these routes are gorgeous. We make the tirp over US2 many times every year.

I can't choose just one! Pick the one that takes you the route that sounds best and you'll be fine. US2 is shorter but WA20 is more scenic.
If you go WA20, you have to stop in Winthrop for icecream!


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Tom/Barb wrote:

It is the time it that the highway closes. watch weather we already had snow.
I forgot to say that I'm planning next summers trip. Hopefully the snow will be cleared off the road by July!

thanks for the input.

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Posted: 11/13/19 04:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In my opinion WA-20 over the N. Cascades is more scenic, is more remote than is US-2 over Stevens Pass, and is the safer of the two routes. Depending upon time of day, weekend vs. weekday, etc., US-2 west of the summit can be very congested and over the years has had many, many traffic fatalities. Both routes are scenic, but I recommend WA-20 for you.


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Posted: 11/13/19 08:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Depends on when you are traveling. WA20 is beautiful but it will be closed some time this month if not already and doesn't usually open until some time in May or later. Living in WA most of my life, I prefer White Pass, US12, to US2.


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Yes, US2 from Monroe through can be congested, with commuter traffic along with the people heading into the mountains. Seems the most of traffic fatalities are result of someone cross the center line, a hazard on any 2 lane highway. I don't let that deter me.

But in my experience WA20 from the freeway through Sedro-Woolley (about 7 miles) feels just as congested. Often I like to bypass that by leaving the freeway at Arlington, and taking 530 through Darrington. That stretch by itself is scenic and worth the drive. Or in the right vehicle, exit to Granite Falls and take the Mountain Loop Hwy to Darrington - with 15 miles of gravel forest service road!

US2 Leavenworth to Wenatchee is also pretty busy, though about half is divided.

WA20 is more remote. The 70 miles Marblemount to Mazama has no gas.

Take one, and back on the other!

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Summer: 20 for sure. One of America's most scenic roads!

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paulj wrote:


But in my experience WA20 from the freeway through Sedro-Woolley (about 7 miles) feels just as congested. Often I like to bypass that by leaving the freeway at Arlington, and taking 530 through Darrington. That stretch by itself is scenic and worth the drive. Or in the right vehicle, exit to Granite Falls and take the Mountain Loop Hwy to Darrington - with 15 miles of gravel forest service road!

US2 Leavenworth to Wenatchee is also pretty busy, though about half is divided.

WA20 is more remote. The 70 miles Marblemount to Mazama has no gas.


I hate WA -2.. I have seen it take 11 hours from Gold Bar to I-5, week end traffic is horrible. One crash and you are bottle up for hours.

There are 3 ways to access WA-20 from the east, I-5 to Cook Rd, to WA-20 .. I-5 to WA-20 in Burlington.
And I-5 thru WA-520 to Rockport.

all are easy routes.
Burlington to Sedro-Wooley is mostly city streets past Junction of 9. then it will open to country.

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Post says Summer 2020, I lived in the area 40 years, 20 is the better drive you find snow at the summit even during the summer, roads are dry. Stop in Winthrop for Ice cream. 20 will take you all the way New Port where it joins 2 at the WA?ID state line.


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