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Hello and thanks all in advance!
We are heading to Van Damme state Park in Northen California from
southern OR and wanted to know if driving through San Francisco is reccomended?? We are pulling a 27 ft trailer? If not, can anyone recommend an alternative route that will get me back on the 101 to head towards Van Damme state park? We would like to be on the coast as much as possible. Thanks!

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CA 1 near Legett and the GG is twisty but doable. As in 15 MPH switch backs. Not a typo.

Do not take 101 through SF, instead after the GG take the second right onto 19th Ave/CA 1 to 280. Or if you want turn right on Geary to the ocean which will merge with CA 1. Mid day only about 6 miles to 280, stay in the center lane. Then 85 in SJ.

37, 80, 780, 680, 101 slightly better if it's not a Sears Point race day.

580, 880, 101 and you deal with Berkley and Oakland.

All about the same distance and time except for traffic.

GG south bound toll due but NO cash or toll takers S bound. Drive through, pre pay, post pay, pay online or get a bill unless you have FastTrak. Right lane only both directions.

For others: Almost all of CA 1 north of SF is prohibited for MH's over 40'. As is CA 1 south of Carmel, steep drop offs so some take it once and never again. No N bound toll on the GG.

Correction to the highway name.

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Posted: 07/20/19 03:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Driving through SF with a TT is doable and fun for me. Follow CA Traveler’s advice however.


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CA Traveler wrote:

US 1 near Legett and the GG is twisty but doable. As in 15 MPH switch backs. Not a typo.

Do not take 101 through SF, instead after the GG take the second right onto 19th Ave/US 1 to 280. Or if you want turn right on Geary to the ocean which will merge with US 1. Mid day only about 6 miles to 280, stay in the center lane. Then 85 in SJ.

37, 80, 780, 680, 101 slightly better if it's not a Sears Point race day.

580, 880, 101 and you deal with Berkley and Oakland.

All about the same distance and time except for traffic.

GG south bound toll due but NO cash or toll takers S bound. Drive through, pre pay, post pay, pay online or get a bill unless you have FastTrak. Right lane only both directions.

For others: Almost all of US 1 north of SF is prohibited for MH's over 40'. As is US 1 south of Carmel, steep drop offs so some take it once and never again. No N bound toll on the GG.

I think you mean CA 1 (CA Coastal Highway) unless they have moved US 1 from the east coast! :N


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Thanks, Updated the name.

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I’m confused. If you are driving from southern Oregon to Van Damme State Park why would you be going through San Francisco? If that is the case I recommend using CA 1 through the city. Definitely not the 101.


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er78mph wrote:

Hello and thanks all in advance!
We are heading to Van Damme state Park in Northen California from
southern OR and wanted to know if driving through San Francisco is reccomended?? We are pulling a 27 ft trailer? If not, can anyone recommend an alternative route that will get me back on the 101 to head towards Van Damme state park? We would like to be on the coast as much as possible. Thanks!


which direction are you talking about? going north thru SF to Van Damme or going south from So. Oregon?
personally, i would avoid pulling a 27' TT through SF. i would go around through the East Bay, then across to San Rafael to 101N.


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Two Hands wrote:

I’m confused. If you are driving from southern Oregon to Van Damme State Park why would you be going through San Francisco? If that is the case I recommend using CA 1 through the city. Definitely not the 101.
Glad someone from CA posted this question, I was going to ask this but not being from the area, I thought there was some secret route, north to go south. [emoticon]


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bukhrn wrote:

Two Hands wrote:

I’m confused. If you are driving from southern Oregon to Van Damme State Park why would you be going through San Francisco? If that is the case I recommend using CA 1 through the city. Definitely not the 101.
Glad someone from CA posted this question, I was going to ask this but not being from the area, I thought there was some secret route, north to go south. [emoticon]


I'm there too? I have no idea why you would have to go through SF to go from Or to VD?


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Sorry for the confusion, we're taking the 101 from Van Damme over to Hearst Castle and was wondering the best route. My apologies again, I was rushing when I posted. I dont have to go all the way to the 5 to head south? We would prefer the 101 but just trying to know to best route through SF.

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