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Posted: 08/28/19 12:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is it ok for a 40 ft rv with tow to go up 101 on east side of Olympic national Park or is it better to take Highway five all the way up going into the northern entrance of the park

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We drove that area last summer with no problems. Curves and narrow areas and some traffic sections will slow you down, but we enjoyed the drive. Be safe.


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Pay attention, keep your speed down and you’ll be fine on this beautiful drive.


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Is it ok for a 40 ft rv with tow to go up 101 on east side of Olympic national Park or is it better to take Highway five all the way up going into the northern entrance of the park


Guess I don't understand the question. Near as I knew, Interstate 5 doesn't go anywhere near Olympic National Park....its on the wrong side of Peuget Sound..... ???


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Jenanne wrote:

Is it ok for a 40 ft rv with tow to go up 101 on east side of Olympic national Park or is it better to take Highway five all the way up going into the northern entrance of the park
101 on the West side of the Park or I5 to 101 at Olympia on the East side or some other route including ferries?

The Olympia route is good.

I always thought that the 101 loop around most of the the Olympic Peninsula and heading south was an interesting way to end after starting at the Mexican border! [emoticon]

Or does 101 start at Olympia, head north, loop around Olympic Peninsula, head south and end at the Mexican border?

* This post was edited 08/28/19 06:23pm by CA Traveler *


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101 from Olympia to Port Townsend is easily doable with a 40' with towed.. we do it often. It is a slow go in places, slow down and enjoy the scenery.


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I-5 north from Olympia to port Townsend is doable thru Seattle, north to Burlington and #20 west, Ferry ride dumps you in Port Townsend.

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Ed_Gee wrote:

Jenanne wrote:

Is it ok for a 40 ft rv with tow to go up 101 on east side of Olympic national Park or is it better to take Highway five all the way up going into the northern entrance of the park


Guess I don't understand the question. Near as I knew, Interstate 5 doesn't go anywhere near Olympic National Park....its on the wrong side of Peuget Sound..... ???


I-5 joins highway 20 at Burlington, (west) that will take you to the parks north entrance at Port Angeles, that's how you get to hurricane ridge.

Keep in mind, coming up 101, you will join route 3 coming off the hood canal bridge and go west, until you connect with highway 20 coming west from Port Townsend, there is no need to go all the way to P/T, to get to Port Angeles and the north entrance of the park.
You'll save an hour and a half.

* This post was edited 08/28/19 10:39pm by Tom/Barb *

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Tom/Barb wrote:

101 from Olympia to Port Townsend is easily doable with a 40' with towed.. we do it often. It is a slow go in places, slow down and enjoy the scenery.


This is a great way to go, big semi's run it all the time

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I-5 north from Olympia to port Townsend is doable thru Seattle, north to Burlington and #20 west, Ferry ride dumps you in Port Townsend.


This is an insane route to the north entrance to ONP! We have used the turn left at Olympia and catch 101 up the east side of the Olympic Peninsula to Port Townsend to avoid the crazy JBLM, Tacoma, Seattle traffic! There are a couple narrow bridges near Hama Hama, but a BEAUTIFUL RELAXING drive.


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Tom/Barb wrote:

I-5 joins highway 20 at Burlington, (west) that will take you to the parks north entrance at Port Angeles, that's how you get to hurricane ridge.I don't understand - Why go through Seattle to Burlington and down 20 through Whidbey Island to the ferry?

Keep in mind, coming up 101, you will join route 3 coming off the hood canal bridge and go west, until you connect with highway 20 coming west from Port Townsend, there is no need to go all the way to P/T, to get to Port Angeles and the north entrance of the park.
You'll save an hour and a half.Why would you take I5/101 and then 3 to the East side of the Hood Canal Bridge and then West vs just staying on 101?
What am I missing?

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