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Posted: 11/15/20 09:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Doing some long range planning in case we are stuck in the country next year.

One plan is to head west and arrive at Olympic NP around October 1 and then gradually work our way south along the coastal route over the next month.

Looking at average weather for cities along the route, looks great (we love 40-70F weather) but particularly in mountains, weather can be a lot different from the cities and we aren't familiar (a quick search online didn't find much info).

What are the likelihood of snow along the route in October and does it tend to hang around once it's there. No issues waiting a few days for an early snow to melt off but we don't want to feel pressure to run snowy/icy passes because once they are snowed in, they stay that way till spring.

PS: If not bad, does hanging around into November (before hitting california) seem viable for driving.


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Not sure where you are coming from! Could be hard getting across several mountain ranges. We have already had some good snow and harsh weather.
Once getting across Puget Sound onto Olympic Peninsula weather is better, but still have to watch.
Most places will be closed so campgrounds will be sparse.


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Posted: 11/15/20 09:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

October can be some of the Oregon and Washington coast’s best weather.


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I doubt you'll see snow if you follow the 101 south. Bad weather, storms and rain yes tho. Of course it is usually raining up in the northern section anyway.


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October is fine for traveling south. It didn't snow up towards Shasta until this last week.

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enblethen wrote:

Not sure where you are coming from! Could be hard getting across several mountain ranges. We have already had some good snow and harsh weather.
Once getting across Puget Sound onto Olympic Peninsula weather is better, but still have to watch.
Most places will be closed so campgrounds will be sparse.


Are the campgrounds closing early due to Corona? Looking online, seems like plenty are open thru October with many open year round along the coast.

Not as worried about coming west in September as we would be mostly taking the freeway (which tends to get quick attention) and if weather looked really bad (and not likely to clear any time soon), we could always dive down and use Utah as an alternate route (giving up the northern coast). More concerned about tight twisty turny 2lane/2way along the coast if conditions are bad and won't clear out until spring.

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Exactly where are we meetin up and who is bringing the beer?


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"More concerned about tight twisty turny 2lane/2way along the coast if conditions are bad and won't clear out until spring. "

Thousands of big RV's drive up and down 101 every year. We did with a 35 ft fiver from N.Cali up to the end of 101 in the Olympic Peninsula. But take I-5 if you are worried, be ready for the six foot potholes in Cali. The one problematic area on the coast hwy is Frisco.

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Many commercial campgrounds close right after Labor day.
Some of the national park campgrounds never opened because of Covid.
There is some good places to stay along the coast that should be open or normally would be opem.
Where are you coming from?

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agesilaus wrote:

"More concerned about tight twisty turny 2lane/2way along the coast if conditions are bad and won't clear out until spring. "

Thousands of big RV's drive up and down 101 every year. We did with a 35 ft fiver from N.Cali up to the end of 101 in the Olympic Peninsula. But take I-5 if you are worried, be ready for the six foot potholes in Cali. The one problematic area on the coast hwy is Frisco.


I'm not particularly worried if the weather is decent but add in snowy and icy, not so interested.

I will agree, Cali roads are lousy. Just finished a loop thru the central valley then out thru Palm Springs. You'd think with gas being a $1/gal higher than the rest of the country, they would have the money to keep the roads up...but that's a different subject.

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