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North Cascades

Postby Jay w » Tue Jun 28, 2016 7:49 pm

I'm floating the idea (at home) of a trip to North Cascades. This was kind of a "throw a dart at the map" kind of thing and a photo or two on the world wide web. I'm looking for a reaction like yeah, love the place or eh, it's ok, but I'd recommend southern WY instead. Looking at 2 weeks with driving.

-Looking for a good campground or three (both in ID on the way out and in WA), or even MT.

I ain't never been west of Glacier (except in the southern US. I've been to Yellowstone/Teton and the WY side of the Beartooth Pass, but I'm open to a WY trip too. I don't think we have the time to drive all the way to the OR coast or CA, but if we go to OR, there are expectations of visiting family. (Gasp, not a family trip. :) ) We made a trip to Banff/Jasper, although west of there might be interesting too.

Julie keeps pushing for east (Smokies) and I'm saying, "Go west young man."

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Re: North Cascades

Postby indiana hiker » Wed Jun 29, 2016 5:31 am

Visited NC two years ago. Lots of good day hiking and Mt Baker also offers some nice areas. I would love to return. Don't camp, so can't offer any help there. My vote is for NC!
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Re: North Cascades

Postby isleroyaleguy » Wed Jun 29, 2016 8:32 am

Hey Jay,
I've looked at the Cascades my self, I have maps and books, done some research. The thing that holds us back is the weather. Lots of rain. Not just afternoon storms. Days long rain. But very beautiful.
I'd look at the Sawtooths.
We had started planning that trip for this year, but got bit by the JMT bug.
Your welcome to join us there for as long as you can. We have permits and lodging all lined up, starting mid August.
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Re: North Cascades

Postby brindledog » Wed Jun 29, 2016 3:43 pm

IF you make a wrong turn and end up in the Smokies, good lodging:

Option 1
http://www.fryemontinn.com/
Rate includes breakfast and dinner in dining room (check out the menus).

Option 2
http://www.lecontelodge.com/
Probably need a reservation a year or more in advance. Return to Option 1.
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Re: North Cascades

Postby PeteE » Wed Jun 29, 2016 5:49 pm

I vote for you to go to Wyoming.
If you go to NC go to the Biltmore for Sunday brunch if they still do it. My ex and I loved it.
Blowing Rock is a nice area away from the "ant farm" of places like GSMNC.
My ex and I also stayed at this place in Blowing Rock 3-4 times.
http://www.azalea-garden-inn.com/
It appears to still be run my the same family. Great place in a good location to walk around Blowing Rock, a cool lil town.
Take your bikes.

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Re: North Cascades

Postby Jay w » Wed Jun 29, 2016 8:53 pm

IRG, man that sounds like such a great trip. Julie says, "Oh, you can go again." Meaning I can take a vacation with her and then take another vacation. The problem with that idea is I work to make money. (I was unable to pick trust fund parents. :( )

So, one vote for Cascades, one for WY, and one for cool weather of the Smokies (cool compared to the research triangle). I think the Smokies are a good spring break trip, so I'm pushing for that. (We went to Savannah this year.) I've been to Island Lake (WY, just across the boarder) and that would leave access to Yellowstone, which Julie has never seen.

I keep thinking, head west young man, but you guys are making it hard.

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Re: North Cascades

Postby dpratt » Thu Jun 30, 2016 7:56 am

Hmmm, well I've always wanted to visit the Cascades so I would lean that direction. I tend to like overcast, rainy days, so that areas biggest drawback isn't a concern for me.
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Re: North Cascades

Postby orin » Thu Jun 30, 2016 2:10 pm

Yeah, love the place!

The scenery and hiking oportunities are at least as good as Glacier. It is at its best as a backpacking destination but there are dozens and dozens of great hikes. There are fabulous hikes around Mt. Baker, or take the boat up Lake Chelan to Stehekin and a large number of great hikes there. Or backpack in the Glacier Peak Wilderness. I could certainly go on. Colonial Creek Campground is nice and also the start of the Thundercreek trail through an old growth forest of huge trees.
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Re: North Cascades

Postby wnysteve » Thu Jun 30, 2016 3:03 pm

I will add that Mineral Park Campground is a nice car-camp spot for the Cascades. It is really
a Forest Service Campground, but has a trailhead for the Cascade Pass Trail, that soon enters the National Park. Before embarking to the Cascades, we actually referrred to a very old book by Mary Roberts Rinehart, "Tenting Tonight" for inspiration. I found that the trails she explored in 1918 were valid for today.

It will rain. Or, that was my recollection.
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Re: North Cascades

Postby orin » Sat Jul 02, 2016 3:10 pm

It doesn't rain much in the summer. No more than Glacier or other parts of the Rockies. If you go in the winter, yes.
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Re: North Cascades

Postby Jay w » Sun Jul 03, 2016 5:44 am

Orin and Steve, thanks for the comments. (I've been out 4th of Julyin' it.) That gives me something specific to google.

Man, we're having some nice weather in MN lately.

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