ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Regional forums > Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 11-30-2014, 10:18 AM   #1
clovet OP
Easy Rider
 
Joined: Mar 2013
Location: Portland
Oddometer: 16
Oregon/California Coasts over Christmas

Hola!

I'm planning on riding from Portland to Southern California over christmas, and I was hoping to get some route suggestions. Aside from staying warm, my challenge is going to be finding a route from Portland to the Coast that will avoid snow/ice. What are the best low elevation routes across the Coast Range that will allow this? I was thinking about going up 30 to Astoria then going down the coast. Any thoughts or ideas?
clovet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2014, 10:21 AM   #2
Mr Dual Sport
Roamer
 
Mr Dual Sport's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2011
Location: Bend, Oregon
Oddometer: 1,452
Check the forecast a few days before you leave. That's the only way to really answer your question.
As far as elevation goes, 30 to Astoria, 18 to LC, and 20 to Newport are all pretty low elevation.
__________________
You're never lost till you run out of gas....
Mr Dual Sport is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2014, 03:19 PM   #3
Mista Vern
Knows all - tells some.
 
Mista Vern's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2005
Location: McMinnville, Oregon
Oddometer: 15,684
As noted above, 30 to Astoria will get you started with no worries about passes. Allow extra time to lay low in case there is a serious winter storm with high winds during your trip.
__________________
-
"The turd follows the fart as surely as the rain follows the plow."

Emily Bronte
Mista Vern is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2014, 04:57 PM   #4
Mr Dual Sport
Roamer
 
Mr Dual Sport's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2011
Location: Bend, Oregon
Oddometer: 1,452
End of December on the coast.
A. 55 degrees and sunny
B. 40 degrees and raining sideways
C. 28 degrees and snow down to sea level
D. All of the above!



I'm hoping for "A" for ya!
__________________
You're never lost till you run out of gas....
Mr Dual Sport is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2014, 10:06 PM   #5
MortimerSickle
Semi-Adventurer
 
MortimerSickle's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2005
Location: Rainville, Orygun, where moss is a road hazard.
Oddometer: 12,029
I wouldn't place any large bets on finding either 26, or 30 snow-free in December. You have a good chance of finding it either dry, wet, icy, or snowy.

Yeah, 30 roughly follows the river, but don't forget Bradley Hill.
__________________


I miss round headlights.

"When I was a young man, I liked to race my horse...." -
G.H.W.S. 1878-1962
MortimerSickle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2014, 12:28 AM   #6
tblume
deus ex machina
 
tblume's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: 541
Oddometer: 1,981
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr Dual Sport View Post
End of December on the coast.
A. 55 degrees and sunny
B. 40 degrees and raining sideways
C. 28 degrees and snow down to sea level
D. All of the above!



I'm hoping for "A" for ya!
Pretty much this^
__________________
"Behold the field in which I grow my Fucks,
Lay thine eyes upon it and see that it is barren."
-someone smarter than me
tblume is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2014, 12:50 PM   #7
Motomantra
Registered Lurker
 
Motomantra's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2008
Location: Beaverton, OR
Oddometer: 1,235
Yup. Nothing to add here

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr Dual Sport View Post
End of December on the coast.
A. 55 degrees and sunny
B. 40 degrees and raining sideways
C. 28 degrees and snow down to sea level
D. All of the above!



I'm hoping for "A" for ya!
I would burn down to Corvallis & take 34 at Philomath, weather permitting.
You'll have to make the call when the time comes.
__________________
For those that fight for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.
Motomantra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2014, 10:23 PM   #8
dhally
Hammerhead
 
dhally's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2006
Location: Kennewick, WA
Oddometer: 2,204
In 1996 us101 in tillamook had 6 feet of water on it. But that was January.
__________________
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
WR250R
Sherco 300i
Tiger 800 - FOR SALE
dhally is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2014, 07:13 PM   #9
Big Tall Bastard
Voice of Reason
 
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Vantucky, WA
Oddometer: 329
The Astoria Hwy 30 route is probably least likely to have any snow. I thought about doing this ride from Portland to LA last year. I did a 6 hour test ride in torrential rain to test my rain gear and decided against. My new Aerostich Fallstaff is showing up in a few weeks. I'll do it in the future.
__________________
Current rides: 07 Aprilia Tuono R, 87 XR600R (Hell Yeah!)
Some of bikes owned in the last few years: 2007 990 Adventure ,2001 Aprilia Mille RSV, 2000 XR 650 R, plated Sold (what a dumbass) 2001 CR500R, 2001 Cagiva Gran Canyon
Big Tall Bastard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2014, 06:11 PM   #10
Wallowa
Beastly Adventurer
 
Joined: Nov 2006
Location: NE Oregon
Oddometer: 5,276
Really Got To Do This?

Unless you like pain I would advise against this ride down the coast. I lived 30 years about 70 miles south of Oregon border in Arcata and what has not been mentioned is high winds [50+]...with the horizontal winds! Remember chill factor and ice over passes [such as going from 101 to 1 at Leggett]. I dig adventures but don't like to hurt.

Want a sample? Check out the weather right now on the coast. It can happen at anytime in the winter. Driving in this in a car is sketchy and on a bike is to say the least "not prudent".

But hey, this could be your cup of tea and I could be wrong...good luck.

Phil

Ps...On a BMW G650GS! My GSA would get popped around.
__________________
"In Wallowas"
====================
2007 R1200GS Adventure " ...to explore off-road, alone in my case, way out in the boonies...that feeds the soul!" After 2014 BOM my bike is forthwith the "GS McGee"!
Wallowa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2014, 10:29 PM   #11
Big Tall Bastard
Voice of Reason
 
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Vantucky, WA
Oddometer: 329
Another thing to be aware of is moss on the road. In the shady spots it will put you on your ass before you realize your sliding.
__________________
Current rides: 07 Aprilia Tuono R, 87 XR600R (Hell Yeah!)
Some of bikes owned in the last few years: 2007 990 Adventure ,2001 Aprilia Mille RSV, 2000 XR 650 R, plated Sold (what a dumbass) 2001 CR500R, 2001 Cagiva Gran Canyon
Big Tall Bastard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Yesterday, 03:08 PM   #12
Wallowa
Beastly Adventurer
 
Joined: Nov 2006
Location: NE Oregon
Oddometer: 5,276
True That!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Big Tall Bastard View Post
Another thing to be aware of is moss on the road. In the shady spots it will put you on your ass before you realize your sliding.
Southbound on Hwy 1 going up the hill from Rockport [CA]; moss, green slime... and down you go. I have spun out a pickup on those curves. Always in shade.
__________________
"In Wallowas"
====================
2007 R1200GS Adventure " ...to explore off-road, alone in my case, way out in the boonies...that feeds the soul!" After 2014 BOM my bike is forthwith the "GS McGee"!
Wallowa is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 04:06 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014