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Old 06-30-2015, 08:59 PM
 
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We are making a road trip from Austin to Seattle to be with family. One of our kid needs supplemental oxygen for any sustained periods (more than an hour) above 6k ft. We can do that, but its kind of a buzz kill. I have already confirmed that I-10 to/from I-5 keeps us fine on altitude. But I would really like to find a more northerly route that leverages I-25/I-90/I-84/I-80 that could keep us around 6k ft or less.
Is it possible? THanks!
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Old 06-30-2015, 10:48 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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<6,000ft is impossible unless I-10 (south)

I-80 is my preferred and usual route. ALL of the flat part of I-80 in WY is >6000'

I-25 to 287 (Ft Collins to Laramie keeps you off the highest point of I-80 in WY (8640') Tie Sidings has a pass that is ~8200'), but Laramie is 7222' and Evanston is 6750'. Arlington (near continental Divide) is 7780'.

I-80 to 84 to I-5 (portland) would be uneventful and pretty level. (5520' on Sweezer Summit (between ID and UT) and downhill from there)
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Old 06-30-2015, 10:49 PM
 
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Why not straight to CA then PCH all the way up, hug the coast, otherwise you have major mt passes, some of the biggest in N America.
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Old 06-30-2015, 10:53 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Why not straight to CA then PCH all the way up, hug the coast.
I would really like to find a more northerly route that leverages I-25/I-90/I-84/I-80 that could keep us around 6k ft or less.

pbly to avoid the desert / west texas and enjoy a good view (PCH is pretty nice view if you can sleep from DFW to Santa Barbara. )

There is a decent option on the camping thread (north / East of WY through SD then to MT with only a couple spots over 6k)

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Old 07-01-2015, 05:48 AM
 
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thanks everyone for the great replies
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Old 07-01-2015, 10:14 AM
 
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All good routes with nothing close to 6K altitude and you’re heading northward to I-84 out of Twin Falls.

Austin I-10 west to Tucson and Phoenix
Phoenix US93 to Kingman and up to Las Vegas
Vegas I-15 to US93/US6 towards Twin Falls
Twin Falls I84 to Portland/Vancouver
Portland I-5 north to Seattle

Google map
https://goo.gl/maps/3mOZI

Nothing near 6K in altitude along this route.
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Old 07-01-2015, 10:38 AM
 
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Interesting that even in this thread very differing opinions on the ability to stay below 6k. I see a business opportunity to create a road travel app that will show elevations or route based on preferred parameters :-)
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