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Old 02-07-2015, 04:30 PM   #11
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Most gentle pass to cross of all of them. Only about 3,000ft. elevation.
What about Rainy Pass @4855' and Washington Pass @ 5477' ?

I've done a lot of Cruise America deliveries, great way to see places that you might never have the time to take your own RV to. Google earth is my friend. If I'm wondering about which route to take I sometimes "fly it" and have a look at the photos that go with various locations as well as elevation changes. When I hit the steep elevation changes near the Salt River I wasn't surprised by them because I already had made the decision that they weren't a deal killer and that was the route I wanted to take.

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Just looked up Blewett Pass; it is 4,000 ft. elevation, but still lower than 20 or 3 (Canada). Highway 2 (Stevens Pass) in WA (between I-90 and Highway 20) is OK, but not as safe as the other two passes mentioned. All of them are beautiful; dramatic when you cross over into the eastern part of WA state; more sun, not so many trees, and much more desert-like. A different beauty!
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Old 02-07-2015, 04:34 PM   #13
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What about Rainy Pass @4855' and Washington Pass @ 5477' ?

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You are right, but I-90 (Snoqualmie Pass) is a different mountain pass and lower elevations. It is farther south than the pass you reference (North Cascades Highway 20) and much more of a gentle pass. There are four main mountain passes across the Cascades in WA State.
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Old 02-07-2015, 05:29 PM   #14
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We left Chilliwack last fall and took #3 from Hope to Osoyoos. I was paying attention to the road and saw no problem in bringing the new 21 back that way and would like to do so. The problem though would be going back into Canada with no license plate on the trailer and I don't expect the Kansas DMV to give me one without first inspecting it. Seeing Osoyoos down in the valley, we said it was easy to see why Escape held their rallies there. Loren
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Old 02-07-2015, 06:54 PM   #15
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If you want a detailed elevation graph, you can go to Google Map Pedometer / GMaps Pedometer for Running, Walking, Cycling, and Hiking to create one. I'm sure there are several online sites that can do this...
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Old 02-07-2015, 09:03 PM   #16
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Does anyone know the percentage grades on those routes? I like to know ahead of time since I engine brake a lot. I have noticed in the last couple of years in both California and Oregon there are more percentage grades signs on the major roads.
Looking at my Mountain View Directory West it says WA 20 is a good two lane road with passing lanes during climbs. It only gives the westbound descent for Rainy Pass which is 6% for 4 miles followed by a 3-5% for 3 miles.

Washington Pass eastbound is 7% for 7 miles with 30 and 40 mph curves during the descent and the grade seems to ease a bit before finish. "Use caution on this hill"- from the Directory.

I drove it westbound from Rally last June with the 17B and eastbound with the 21 in September. It seemed milder going East. The Sierras are like that too. Liked camping at Howard Miller Steelhead County Park west of Concrete on the Skagit River. Some nice hiking there. Then camped near the Summit near the glaciers(most in the lower 48 in that area) before staying at Perrygin Lake near Winthrop. Good voice/data coverage on Verizon; Edge on AT&T mostly.
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Old 02-07-2015, 09:16 PM   #17
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My choice would be to take one route to get there (say the #3) and take the other route back (97/20) That way you get the best of both worlds and you're not looking at the same scenery twice.
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Whatever the route just remember to stop at Everybody's Store in Deming, WA- 1/2 hour south of Sumas on 97. Must see (taste)!!
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Everybody's Store is a terrific place; actually it's in Van Zandt on Hwy 9 south of Deming (although its PO is Deming). Another excellent eatery is the Acme Diner a little farther down the road in Acme.
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Of course; Van Zandt- btw I boondocked across the street(tracks) from the store in the Community Center overflow parking adjacent to the Volunteer Fire Station. We could start a new thread: what's your fav item? Mine is coriander goat cheese.
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