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Driving to Eclipse from Hillsboro

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Driving to Eclipse from Hillsboro

I am heading for at least Mcminnville if not further south. I thing I5 will be a mess so am going to use 47 south from Forest Grove. Are there any other options? What time would you start out on the morning of the 21st?


Beaverton, OR
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1. Re: Driving to Eclipse from Hillsboro

Unfortunately, no one knows what traffic is going to be like on roads like Highway 47 on the 21st.

How many other people are thinking the same as you and looking for "back" ways?

I know it always seemed to take us about an hour to get from Beaverton to the Evergreen Aviation Museum when we used 47.

My advice, if you have your heart set on this and it isn't cloudy/raining, would be to leave ugly early, watch for wildlife such as deer and elk crossing the highway, have a full tank of gas, food, water, cash, a cell phone with charger, 1st aid kit, and a paper map... and be prepared for heavy traffic and, possibly, impassable roads due to stopped traffic or an accident.

My husband works in Wilsonville. He's working from home on the 21st.

Yuma, Arizona
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2. Re: Driving to Eclipse from Hillsboro

thank you for writing scott....not to make light of your decision or impolite....but your question is the evidence of what is going to happen on that weekend.

you need to be in place Sunday, the 20th.

Look for Linfield to open its campus, george fox to open its campus, if some farmer has a sign that says 20.00 to park or camp, take that spot. 47 will be crowded more than i-5. so work you way down down Saturday night, with sleeping bags, water, food,

a fourth of july weekend will have traffic backed up from Lincoln city to Willimina, The problem is there is no place to park, pull over. Spirit mountian will be full, areas around the casino will be full. No parking at all in Lincloln city by Sunday night. It all comes to a stop.

the local news just announced that Salem will be at a standstill by Friday night.

Yuma, Arizona
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3. Re: Driving to Eclipse from Hillsboro

one solution just came to mind as I was painting house trim., check ODOT travel cams, that will be you best eyes in the sky for saturday, sunday and that morning.

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