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  • Looking for a route around Los Angeles traffic

    After a quick stop in Quartzsite this January we are heading to Oceanside to visit family. Wife is interested in exploring the central California coast after leaving Oceanside, any recommendations for a route through or around LA to avoid the worst traffic and still get to the coast around San Luis Obispo. We’ll be leaving Oceanside on a Thursday.

    I’ve thought about taking 15/215 over Cajon Pass to Victorville then turning north on 395 but don’t know where to turn west again to avoid snowy mountain passes.
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    There aren’t really any great options. The 15/395 option is pretty far out of the way. I’d just recommend biting the bullet & take the 5 to the 405 to the 101. No big passes or chance of snow. You’ll probably hit some pockets of traffic but mid-day shouldn’t be too bad. Be patient and not in a big hurry.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Ramjet18 View Post
      There aren’t really any great options. The 15/395 option is pretty far out of the way. I’d just recommend biting the bullet & take the 5 to the 405 to the 101. No big passes or chance of snow. You’ll probably hit some pockets of traffic but mid-day shouldn’t be too bad. Be patient and not in a big hurry.
      This is the best route. To minimize traffic, you could plan to leave Oceanside at midnight or so. At that time of the morning traffic will be minimal. Run up to the Ventura area, find a nice place to camp and take a nap.
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      • #4
        Agreed. Timing is everything. Get there around 10 am or at midnight. You can use Google maps and enter your times and it will “forecast” traffic and show you what traffic is at other times. But it is as good as the weather man I. Forecasting and I don’t trust him either.

        hope to see you in Quartzite in Jan.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Ramjet18 View Post
          There aren’t really any great options. The 15/395 option is pretty far out of the way. I’d just recommend biting the bullet & take the 5 to the 405 to the 101. No big passes or chance of snow. You’ll probably hit some pockets of traffic but mid-day shouldn’t be too bad. Be patient and not in a big hurry.
          X2

          I've done that route (and the SF Bay area) for 20 years (except last year!). I try to enter the traffic area around 10AM to avoid the morning rush! Ha-ha! No fun but doable.

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          • #6
            The midnight departure from Oceanside is good advice. The most direct route will take you past LAX (that is the 5 to the 405 route) or through downtown (5). The road conditions through downtown can be poor. We usually make slight adjustments to the route and go through Pasadena if we leave midday and then from there it is a straight shot up the 134/101. Enjoy the central coast.
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            • #7
              Pulling a trailer through the Los Angeles area .... 11pm - 3am is your best bet.
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                • #9
                  My apologies for not thanking everyone for the input. We decided to take 15 to the 210, while not exactly avoiding LA it will us take through my childhood stomping grounds while growing up in SoCal.
                  Jerry, Kathie, &
                  our fur baby, Willow
                  2019 AF27-5
                  2017 Nash 24M (Sold)
                  2016 F250, 4X4, 6.7L
                  Added 2 leaf springs each side
                  50 gal Titan Fuel Tank
                  Pressure Pro TPMS
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