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  • Oregon to Nevada Route Question

    Several months ago I asked some general questions about the various routes from Oregon to Las Vegas in the winter, a trip we were not able to make but plan to do in the next few weeks. It is still winter, but hopefully late March / early April weather will cooperate! Decided on a Nevada route as we like the open spaces and blue highways of the west more than the shorter routes like I-5, 99, etc. And, I don't want to do the most direct route through Lassen at this time of year especially.

    Has anyone done the below route this time of year? Is there anything about the route that would be helpful to know ahead of time? I have already been told to expect a couple of slow pulls up high passes on the short 50 stretch and we will look at the weather forecasts before leaving. Also, if anyone has used the BLM camping spot described below at Tonopah, what did you think? Or is there a better spot for an overnight stop in that area? Thanks!

    Coming from Virgin Valley/Sheldon Nat. Wildlife opal mining campground then through Winnemucca and:
    Getting on 305 south at Battle Mountain from I-80
    305 south to 50 east at Austin
    Then 376 south to west on 6 to Tonopah
    And then south on 95
    Just south of Tonopah there is a free BLM camping spot that seems like it would be a good overnight. Just a 1/4 mile or so past the BLM district office, not far off 95. Has anyone ever used this spot? - Edit: I also just noticed a rest area about 6 or 7 miles west of Tonopah that allows overnight.

    Then we will need to plan a route back!
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  • #2
    Been over some of that route and about all I can say is you really must want to be alone. I'd suggest carrying ample tools and supplies as there isn't much out there. Make sure you know where and when you can get fuel.
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    • #3
      Been through Tonopah many times. Haven't stayed in the BLM area south of town, but we usually stay overnight at the DOT rest area a couple miles north-west of town (Miller's Rest Stop) along Hwy 95.

      Large gravel area, water, off the highway and quiet at night (no truckers allowed).

      Like Glandlj posted, not much in that part of Nevada but desert, deserted mines & limited services.
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      • #4
        I agree. We really like the Sheldon Nat Wildlife area for a first night stay but from there options seem limited getting down to Las Vegas. I haven't looked real closely at the route through Lassen because of the time of year. But at another time of year that may be a possibility. I do not want to go the I5 or 99 route down towards Los Angeles and then over.

        I am open to other suggestions though.
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        • #5
          An option with more services would be to take I-80 from Winnemucca to US 95 down to Tonopah and on to Las Vegas. Your proposed route is the most scenic but also more susceptible to late snow, If you are not in a hurry and are prepared and like the route, go for it.

          The last time I went through Austin there wasn't much there with only one gas station that wasn't always open. The restaurant left me convinced I was going to be sick the rest of the day. That has been a few years so it may be fine now.
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          • #6
            Between Tonopah and Las Vegas, is a large gas station / cafe at Amargosa Valley @ Hwy 373.

            Large enough for RV's & truckers and has a large parking area for a lunch break.

            From there, it's an easy 90 minutes to Vegas.
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            • #7
              Thanks. In thinking about what Glen said I believe this route might be a little better even though about 45 minutes longer.

              And I just looked at Google Earth, Dave, and you must mean the Area 51 Alien Center?
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Will View Post
                Thanks. In thinking about what Glen said I believe this route might be a little better even though about 45 minutes longer.

                And I just looked at Google Earth, Dave, and you must mean the Area 51 Alien Center?
                That's the place.... Fun to look around the nutty gift shop.
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                • #9
                  Great! Thanks. And this Google Earth photo of Millers Rest Stop, where do you over night?

                  Oh, I see now another gravel parking area at the far west end that may be it?
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Will View Post
                    Great! Thanks. And this Google Earth photo of Millers Rest Stop, where do you over night?

                    Oh, I see now another gravel parking area at the far west end that may be it?
                    That's the RV area. There's usually 2-3 other RV's there when we stay.

                    Good cellular reception. Pitch black & dead quiet at night.
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                    • #11
                      Yeah Millers is great! The large gravel area is at the west'ish side of the rest area, you have to drive through the rest area to get to it.

                      It was an interesting place a couple of days after burning man though.
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                      • #12
                        Hi Will,

                        Did your route from Winnemucca down to Vegas the last week of March ~15 years ago, we had come down 78/95 from Burns. No issues, no snow but as others have said, very desolate and no traffic. I recall only see 3 or 4 other vehicles on that drive and most of them were mining company trucks.

                        I'm not sure what you are calling the route though Lassen but we've also done 39/139 out of K Falls down to Susanville then 395 to Reno and 95 on to Vegas the last week of March several times with no issues, might see some snow on the sides of the roads but never a issue.

                        Millers Rest Area a little North and West of Tonopah as other have said is a great place to stop.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by RCKIN View Post
                          I'm not sure what you are calling the route though Lassen
                          Google Maps routes the quickest way off of I-5, through McCloud and Cayton on 89 then on to 44 through Lassen Nat Forest then to Susanville. It is that 89 and 44 route I am referring to.

                          I have never been on the 39/139 route you mention so don't know anything about its condition, passes, widths etc. It is a shorter route though by about 1-1/2 hours so is a consideration.
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                          • #14
                            Will here is some cameras along different routes. http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist2/cctv/allcams.shtml Generally the back side of lassen toward susanville are less of a lassen problem than the front side toward redding, the bogard cam is a good indicator of the 44 part ofthat route. They do a great job of clearing 89/44.
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                            • #15
                              Will, don't know when your trip is planned, but Hwy 89 through the Lassen NP is currently closed for the winter. Hwy 89 reaches an elevation of 8,500ft inside the park and is two lane.

                              Depending on the roadway snow depth, average roadway openings are in mid-May / June:

                              https://www.nps.gov/lavo/planyourvis...ing-update.htm
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