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Posted: 02/05/21 03:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Seattle Area I-5 South to Carnation. What’s the best route 8/11 (Wednesday) midday, 42’ MH and toad? Rt 2 out of Everett to Monroe and 203 down or ?

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Posted: 02/05/21 04:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Really depends on what part of I-5.
One way from central Seattle area, would be i-90 to Preston-Fall City Rd, then north from Fall City to Carnation on SR 203.
From far north, go to Monroe on US 2 or SR 522 to Monroe then south on SR 203.
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For a route that short, you can use Google Maps and specify "Depart At" and put the date and time you want to leave. Google will estimate the trip and give you options.


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Carnation is almost due east from Seattle not south, Evert to Seattle 30 miles or so. I lived in the area 35-40 years, just where are you starting from?


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I live and worked in the Everett-Seattle are for over 30 years. I would not trust Google or in that matter most GPS systems. Going east and west out of Seattle to get to Carnation can be task.
Knowing where you are coming from will definitely help especially with your rig.

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You guys nailed me when I lumped the Seattle area from further north. I'm starting from the Swinomish Casino and want to use the "best" route for a large MH with toad.

Agree about Google. It's good for multiple routes and traffic in some areas. Not always accurate and no RV related road information that I'm aware of.

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Best would be turn east from I-5 on US 2 in Everett. Then at Monroe turn south on SR 203 to Carnation. Worst part would be a couple high traffic miles entering Monroe. SR 203 is a good two lane highway. Not much for shoulders.

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CA Traveler wrote:

Seattle Area I-5 South to Carnation. What’s the best route 8/11 (Wednesday) midday, 42’ MH and toad? Rt 2 out of Everett to Monroe and 203 down or ?

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I-5 south then #2 to Monroe then 203 south.


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WSDOT was fixing some washout damage on 203 north of Carnation this winter, but I think that work is done.

203 south from Monroe starts relatively straight and flat. Novelty to Stillwater it skirts a hill side, but doesn't have significant curves or grades.

All the routes directy from the west have to drop down to the river level, with names like Novelty Hill Rd and Tolt Hill Rd. 520 to Redmond and 202 to Fall City avoids those hills, but is a long way around. Google Maps with Terrain mode highlights these details.

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Posted: 02/05/21 11:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If your going midday go south five to east bound 90 and go north on 203 from fall city


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