Originally Posted by Geisby's
I'm curious how towing over the North Cascades went for you? We are also thinking of traveling to the west coast that way, from the West Kootenays in BC - bit leary of those hills, so wondering how towing went for you. We also have a Tacoma, pulling a 19'.
Anni and Mike
Ani and Mike, we enjoyed our trip over the North Cascades. We had light snow flurries in Washington Pass at 4855' elevation, but the road stayed clear. It's a wide 2-lane highway with a reasonable number of pullout lanes on the uphills for slower traffic.
Here's a paraphrase of what Mountain Directory West says to expect on the road in the westbound direction. There are four miles of 6-7% grade on the descent from Washington Pass, then a 1.5 mile long climb at 5-6% grade up Rainy Pass. The descent from Rainy Pass is posted at 6% for four miles, followed by a flat section, then three miles of 3-5% downhill grade, another mile of flat road, then three miles of 5-6%. From there on, the descent includes rolling hills with short sections of 5-6%, including many 20 to 35 mph curves.
We took our time and geared down as necessary, and didn't find the drive stressful. Fortunately, traffic was light the day we went through. We look forward to driving it again. Hope it's a fun route for you.