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Eastern Oregon Question: We are going to be making a trip to oregon and Washington, on by boat to alaska.
We will be coming to boise,id and then on to bend to visit relatives.
My question is, since I have never been to bend this way, I want to know about the road thru western oregon from Boise to bend. Is it good or bad and are there any big hills to be careful about?
Clyde Martin

+++Hi Clyde — Sounds like a great trip! When you get to Boise, the trip to Bend will be either one fairly full day, or a couple of easy half days with an overnight perhaps in Burns. There’s a small but very charming little RV park there just called “the Burns RV Park”. The road from Bend to Burns has two reasonably moderate summits, poetically named “Drinking Water Pass” and “Stinking Water Pass” — but they’re really pretty easy. Otherwise the road is mostly a wide and comfortable two-lane low-traffic highway. You should have clear sailing. You actually said “western” Oregon, and we’d consider this pretty much “eastern” oregon. If you’re going on to “western” Oregon from Bend, you’ll go over either Santiam Pass or Willamette Pass, both circa 5,000 feet. But again the hills are moderate, the road mostly two-lane, and any rig can handle it easily. Have a great trip! Tom

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