Southern California Short Cuts
Must head North out of LA? Skirting the backside of Los Angeles is always a possibility on a FRIDAY night. Taking 15N, 10W, 210W will put you in the opposite direction of most of the bad traffic flow.
Merge back up with I-5 North of San Fernando Valley. If you must get West to the coast, the Simi Valley 118, or the 126 through Fillmore, is the best option.
camping in route
#1 – Avoid Los Angeles area, if possible. This will add 1-4 extra hours on to your road trip depending on the ‘hellish & hectic’ reasons this area normally experiences. If you must venture through, try doing so at night after dark. Gas up and eat a meal before you reach this area, to avoid needing to stop in L.A.
Watch out for frequent Cal-Trans freeway closures starting
in the midnight hours.
The Interstate 91 & Interstate 10 Eastbound are both bad situations during winter months due to Palm Springs weekenders & if snow is decent, the Big Bear ski crowds.
Lets face it, Vegas traffic back to Cali sucks.
The Interstate 15 is the main corridor that gets backed up on Friday nights Northbound at the I-10 & the I- 215 junction.
OLD ROUTE 66, anyone?
Driving from Southern California
Headed to the Eastern Sierra or Death Valley – Make sure to take Interstate 15 straight up to US Highway 395N. The turn off is just south of Victorville. ” On the Road” gas up & quick food stop on US 395 is available in Adelanto & in the region known as ‘four corners’ @ Highway 58 junction.
But be warned it can get a little congested on Friday nights. An alternate is Interstate 15N to Interstate 215N to avoid most of the traffic from the west.
Typical afternoon rush hour problem spots in San Diego.
A small detour, if traffic is bad on Hwy. 78 in North County San Diego & you are headed Interstate 15 North. Twin Oaks Valley Road leads right up to Deer Springs Road & the Avocado Highway known as 15.
NOTE: I am keeping the old screen shot maps from MapQuest on this page to prove my age and experience on such topics. Sorry that I don’t have the same knowledge of the San Francisco Bay Area traffic, which can be as bad, if not worse than Southern Cal.
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