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User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4280 posts, RR: 52
Posted (5 years 2 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1593 times:

Title pretty much asks it all. I will be spending some time in the Portland and Seattle areas (about 2 weeks total) and will be hiking/camping with one friend who is definitely up for it and one friend who has agreed to go but has advised me her idea of roughing it is staying at a three star hotel instead of a five star. For Oregon I was thinking the Columbia River trail and for Washington I was thinking Olympic National Park. But Olympic, at least, is pretty damn big, so any recommendations about where to go would be great! Thanks!

Texan


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User currently offlineStuckInCA From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1986 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1590 times:

I'd ask over at http://www.nwhikers.net

User currently offlineCanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2841 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1585 times:

Lots of options. You could do part of the Wonderland Trail at Mt. Rainier depending on your hiking/backpacking experience. The views of the mountain from the trail are amazing. You see much more than you would if you were to just drive into and around the park. I've done the entire Wonderland Trail before in 7 days. Probably not what you want to do since it would be you're entire trip our here and generally people take 8-10 days to hike it all.

A couple others might be the loop trail around Mt. St. Helens. I think that's a 3 day trip. Another great trip would be part of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Columbia River in the Stevenson area north to Mt. Adams. That would be an out and back though.

If you'd rather do the peninsula there's a nice trail down the coast from around Neah Bay that could be stretched out into a multi-day trip.

http://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/index.htm

I haven't done much hiking on the Oregon side, but there are many Forest Service trails all over the place. You could visit a place like REI and pick up a guidebook. Whatever you do, try and find time to get up on one of the mountains on a clear day. I love the northwest in the summer.



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User currently offlineStuckInCA From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1986 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1582 times:

Not sure when your trip is.

Camping along the Wonderland trail (and anywhere in MRNP I believe) requires permits that aren't too easy to come by. Here's what it says on the website right now...

"Much of the reservable back country space has been booked along the Wonderland Trail for the 2009 season. Attempting to book the entire trip during July, August and early September is near impossible."

I've never done the Wonderland, but I'll repeat me recommendation to ask at nwhikers as there are lots of people that can give very detailed recommendations.


User currently offlineDoug_or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3421 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1573 times:

When are you going?

Is your 3 star friend planning on going with you on the outdoor stuff?

Are you talking about camping or hiking? Or both at once (backpacking)?

Hows the budget? I believe there are some overnight rafting tours in Central Oregon (around Bend or Maupin) that get you out in the wilderness, but the guides cook meals and stuff.



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User currently offlineCanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2841 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1540 times:

Quoting StuckInCA (Reply 3):
Camping along the Wonderland trail (and anywhere in MRNP I believe) requires permits that aren't too easy to come by. Here's what it says on the website right now...

I wouldn't be quite so pessimistic. I walked into the ranger station at Longmire in mid August without a reservation and got most of the campsites I wanted on the trail. Sure if you want the most popular campgrounds on the WT (you have to stay at designated campgrounds without a BC permit) you may have to chose another. Places like Summerland or Klapatche Park are very scenic and sometimes hard to get a spot. But even when I walked up I got Summerland.

The number one thing people forget is that you can camp nearly anywhere on national forest land, you don't need a point on a map or a star on a tour map to say there's a campsite there. There are infinate options if you have to look outside the park.

Look into backcountry permits at Mt. Rainier. They are far less stringent if you can't get the camps you want. Last year I summitted and camped on 4 mountains over 8K feet. Not tall by CO standards but pretty tall in WA. The views, solitude and experience are amazing.

Hiking around Mt. Rainier is really the experience of a lifetime. I do a lot of climbing and backpacking around there if you are interested in photos of the area send me your email and I can give you a link to some photos. Don't rule out Mt. St. Helens either.

[Edited 2009-08-18 19:34:33]


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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20728 posts, RR: 62
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1538 times:

Texan, I don't know when you're coming, but if you don't let me buy you a microbrew or two when visiting our fair city, I'll be very hurt.  Smile


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User currently offlineStuckInCA From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1986 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1524 times:



Quoting Canoecarrier (Reply 5):
I wouldn't be quite so pessimistic.

Fair enough. I only quoted the MRNP website with the disclaimer that it's not my turf. I tend to stay north of I90.

That said, I'd take care not to make it sound like the Wonderland trail (with campsites) is something you do spur of the moment.

Cheers (and happy trails)!


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20728 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1497 times:

I forgot about this last night, perhaps it's more for the speed of the friend who'll be in the hotel instead of hiking:

http://www.metro-region.org/index.cfm/go/by.web/id=27574

It's more metro trekking than nature hiking.



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User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11718 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1496 times:



Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 8):
perhaps it's more for the speed of the friend who'll be in the hotel instead of hiking:

I lived in the Portland area for 10 years and moved to the Bay Area just two short months ago. I hate camping and long-distance hiking, but there are some great trails around Portland. Leif Ericsson Trail is a good one for a day hike. There are several trails between the Willamette Valley and the Coast, too. That would take a couple of days. There are buses that run between the coast and the valley, so getting back would be no problem, either.



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User currently offlineER757 From Cayman Islands, joined May 2005, 2558 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1485 times:

If you are limited to Olympic National Park when in WA, there ae some great hikes and camping options along the coast. If you are able to go elsewhere, North Cascades National Park is over 90% wilderness and has some of the most spectacular scenery in the lower 48 states. Try the NPS website for info on trails there. Also, the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in the Central Casades offers many, many great trails and backpacking destinations.

User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4280 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1485 times:

Thank you all for your help! I really appreciate it!

Quoting Doug_or (Reply 4):
When are you going?

Is your 3 star friend planning on going with you on the outdoor stuff?

Are you talking about camping or hiking? Or both at once (backpacking)?

Hows the budget? I believe there are some overnight rafting tours in Central Oregon (around Bend or Maupin) that get you out in the wilderness, but the guides cook meals and stuff.

The plan is Oregon Sep. 10-15, Washington Sep. 16-22, leave early on Sep. 23 for the annual Air & Space Law meeting in Chicago, back to Texas on Sep. 26.

Three star friend is going with me on a weekend Washington backpacking trip! Talked her into a new experience to celebrate her birthday.

The budget is extremely tight! Surprisingly, being an unemployed law school grad who is still waiting on bar results does not pay well  Wink

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 6):
Texan, I don't know when you're coming, but if you don't let me buy you a microbrew or two when visiting our fair city, I'll be very hurt.

Sounds good! Hope you don't mind my friend coming along, she is pretty darn awesome!

Texan



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User currently offlineCanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2841 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1466 times:

Here's another suggestion:
The Mt. Adams Highline trail:
http://www.portlandhikers.org/forum/...?f=8&t=2911&start=0&st=0&sk=t&sd=a

Enjoy your trip.



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20728 posts, RR: 62
Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1461 times:



Quoting Texan (Reply 11):
Hope you don't mind my friend coming along, she is pretty darn awesome!

Of course! (Just don't tell her I'm a lumberjack, let that be a surprise  Wink )



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