California to Washington Freight shipping and trucking services are in high demand; the route from Los Angeles to Seattle is a heavily traveled route.
The Los Angeles, CA to Seattle, WA route is a 1,016 mile haul that takes more than 16 hours of driving to complete. Shipping from California to Washington ranges from a minimum of 317 miles and 5 hours from Hornbrook, CA to Vancouver WA, and over 1,344 miles and a minimum of 22 hours on the road from San Diego, CA to Bellingham, CA. The shortest route from California to Colorado is along I-5 N; but there is a more easterly route that uses the US-97 N and US-26 W traveling through Bend, OR.
California is a large, densely populated state, especially along the Pacific Coast where the San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego metropolitan areas link northern, central and southern California. For the most part, California has a pleasant and mild climate. It’s hotter and drier in the south, and the north is colder in the winter and wetter in the summer. With mountains in the east and hills in the west, along the coast, it’s is a beautiful state to drive through, but it can be demanding for California truckers. Many truckers would say that California’s greatest challenges lie in its diesel regulations and traffic congestion.
Washington State’s nickname, “The Evergreen State,” doesn’t do justice to the vast geography of this Pacific Northwestern state. Although lush rainforests do flourish in the central part of the state, glaciers, islands and fjords are part of the state’s Pacific Coast landscape, while the Cascade Mountain range is found in the drier, eastern area. Likewise, the rain that the Washington’s most populous city, Seattle, is known for is not typical of the whole state. A dry, semi-arid climate is found in the east, while the mountains are known for deep snows in the winter that make snow chains a November to April requirement for trucking and freight services operating in Washington State. Washington freight and shipping is concentrated in Seattle and along the coast, and Spokane is a smaller center for Washington freight and trucking.
California to Washington Freight shipping quotes and trucking rates vary at times due to the individual states industry needs. Since California and Washington are largely agricultural we see plenty of shipments by refrigerated trailers and trucks, but they are both also industrial, with service industries, and many food processing and distribution centers, so we also see shipments by flatbed as well as by the more common dry van trucks. Our Less Than Truckload (LTL) carriers in both California and Colorado are also running a number of regular services between the two states, and it’s an active route for flatbed freight shipments, as well.