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Old 05-18-2006, 12:31 PM   #1
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Default Need a 3 day backpacking trip for Memorial day weekend

I am trying to find a good trip for the weekend but am not finding anything.

Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions, would like to keep it about 2 hour drive from Seattle.
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Old 05-18-2006, 01:06 PM   #2
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have you done any hiking around MT. St Helens?

about 2 hours from seattle.

take the woodland exit, drive east on 512 or 503 same raod differant name. then take the Kalama woodland area road exit off of that. that will take you out by the ape caves and such, then keep going past that. it will lead you to the crest trail, you can hike all around the mt. there is a really nice lake that is fed by glacier water called Blue lake. some great stuff.

worth checking out
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Old 05-18-2006, 01:18 PM   #3
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It's outside of your 2 hour range, but I think the Hoh Rain Forest is well worth it.

Enchanted Valley is awesome, and can be done in 2 or three days.

Hurricane Ridge/Deer Park out in Port Angeles is an excellent starting place, but it's about 3 hours away from Seattle.

You could try a chunk of the Pacific Crest Trail. I think that's within 2 hours, and from what I've seen, the part that the BEAVER mentioned is one of the best parts.

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Old 05-18-2006, 01:19 PM   #4
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lake quinault to la push is a good three day beach hike. Get a map and the tide tables though. Oh and you need to leave a car in la push. And bring water and a filter pump.
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Old 05-18-2006, 01:20 PM   #5
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Default Hoh River to Glacier Meadows

Hoh Rain Forest is always beutiful
May take a little longer to get there but the trail is flat along the hoh River for 13 mi then climbs to Glacier Meadows.
Trail Head is at the Hoh River Visitors center
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http://www.nps.gov/olym/wic/dhori.htm

Lots of other trails in the area
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Old 05-18-2006, 02:08 PM   #6
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have you done any hiking around MT. St Helens?

about 2 hours from seattle.

take the woodland exit, drive east on 512 or 503 same raod differant name. then take the Kalama woodland area road exit off of that. that will take you out by the ape caves and such, then keep going past that. it will lead you to the crest trail, you can hike all around the mt. there is a really nice lake that is fed by glacier water called Blue lake. some great stuff.

worth checking out
I've done a 'round the mountain trip and it's pretty sweet. I highly recommend it. The only sucky part is you're only allowed to camp in certain places. Making it across the entire North side in one day can be challenging, but it's worth it. Bring lots of water and be prepaired to filter everything. I went through a brand new filter in one trip w/ all the ash up there.
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Old 05-18-2006, 02:16 PM   #7
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I want something with some lakes, is there something closer at rainier that would be open this time of year.
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Old 05-18-2006, 02:38 PM   #8
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Lake Ozette is really cool, perfect for a three day trip.
It's a nice easy hike for families and such.
If you take the ferry, it should be about a 3 hour drive.

Day one: hike 3 miles to beach, camp.
Day two: hike down the beach 3 miles to the next trail head, camp.
Day three: hike three miles back to your car.

http://www.byways.org/browse/byways/13740/places/15380/
http://www.nps.gov/olym/wic/dozla.htm
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Old 05-18-2006, 03:20 PM   #9
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3 miles is a hike, but that is it? i like the 20 miles in 2 day hikes... but it all depends on company, and if you have other priorityies.... ie. killing soem fish, pictures, lazy co-hikers
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Old 05-18-2006, 03:47 PM   #10
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i would be happy with like a 3-6 mile hike in, set up camp, go play around come back for the night, then next day, do a long hike, take pictures, then come back to camp, next day hang out for a bit then hike out relatively early

i want to take pictures and want to go in the mountains, i have been to lena lake a souple times and its great, but just don't want to do it again, would like to do something similar to it.
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Old 05-18-2006, 04:21 PM   #11
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great hike for you...

from seattle it'll take you right at 2hrs:
go up chinook pass...then down the other side. Take a right on Bumping River Road (something like 20 miles down the pass) drive on that road past Goose Prairie, past Bumping Lake. (after you turn right on bumping river road, its about 19miles or so till the end) keep going strait on this road and it will turn into a gravel road. stay strait all the way to the end. Youll come to Deep Creek campground. Park there. Take the Twin Sister's trail, 2 miles up, and there's two lakes, one big and one smaller. You can fish, hike all around. You can take trails to many other lakes including Blankenship lakes and Blankeship Meadows. Also Apple and Pear lakes. There's also Mt. Tumac you can climb. In this area there is all sorts of things to day hike to. Little Twin sister lake also has a small beach and all the fishing you can handle.

Do a search on any of these lakes on google, you'll see what im talking about.
I proposed to my wife up here at Twin Sisters' 'little twin' lake.
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Old 05-18-2006, 04:25 PM   #12
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Packwood Lake is pretty cool. From what I remember its about a 10-mile hike in.
Its in Gifford Pinchot N.F., near White Pass. I've done Lena Lake too, and this one is similar....but a lower elevation...and it can get pretty crowded.
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What do you think about snow levels this early on.
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What do you think about snow levels this early on.
in my post,

you'll have some...mostly patches here and there. But, you'll def have some. Depends on the snow year really. Did this last year get alot of snow up there? I dont know honestly. Mem. weekend when i proposed to my wife up there, the lake was entirely frozen/snowed over. I think this was a rare ocassion though.
BTW, these lakes are at 5200 ft. I would check with the Naches ranger station to see what the snow levels are at.
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Old 05-18-2006, 05:09 PM   #15
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Goat Rocks area between Rainier, St Helens, and Adams is amazing -- you won't regret it.
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porter creek area near Malone-Porter off of Hwy 8/Hwy 12 interchange. No lakes, but a creek of course. Nice and pristine area.
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Lake Ozette is really cool, perfect for a three day trip.
It's a nice easy hike for families and such.
If you take the ferry, it should be about a 3 hour drive.

Day one: hike 3 miles to beach, camp.
Day two: hike down the beach 3 miles to the next trail head, camp.
Day three: hike three miles back to your car.

http://www.byways.org/browse/byways/13740/places/15380/
http://www.nps.gov/olym/wic/dozla.htm
Umm, Ozette is one of the best-kept secrets in Washington, but it's definitely not a 3 hour drive. Count on more like 5.
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Umm, Ozette is one of the best-kept secrets in Washington, but it's definitely not a 3 hour drive. Count on more like 5.
Three hours from Kingston, after you take the ferry..sorry I wasn't being specific..
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Packwood Lake is pretty cool. From what I remember its about a 10-mile hike in.
Its in Gifford Pinchot N.F., near White Pass. I've done Lena Lake too, and this one is similar....but a lower elevation...and it can get pretty crowded.
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Memorial Day weekend is Swap Meet Weekend in Packwood. So the camping spots at Packwood Lake could be hard to come by..
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i am still undecided and the weather is going to be crummy, and i have homework.

maybe ill hvae to wait till july
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i am still undecided and the weather is going to be crummy, and i have homework.

maybe ill hvae to wait till july
You call yourself a backpacker and live in the PNW and afraid of rain....!!!
Must be the son of Doug/Wendy Whiner(SNL).....LOL!
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Highway 123 to Packwood is still closed too.
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Lake Ozette is really cool, perfect for a three day trip.
It's a nice easy hike for families and such.
If you take the ferry, it should be about a 3 hour drive.

Day one: hike 3 miles to beach, camp.
Day two: hike down the beach 3 miles to the next trail head, camp.
Day three: hike three miles back to your car.

http://www.byways.org/browse/byways/13740/places/15380/
http://www.nps.gov/olym/wic/dozla.htm
Yeah, I camped down there a few years ago (before I had even moved to the Seattle area), and agree it was awesome! We have deer grazing through our camp site, and could hear the seal lions barking out on the nearby rocks. Also, BrewPub, if I remember right, there are actually some more remote sites, like Shi Shi Beach, so you can definitely hike more than 3 miles if you want to... the fact that you have to hike at least 3 miles to the camp site seems to keep the area from being over crowded too. Oh, but be prepared to have a bear-proof container, the Ranger Station there will require you have your own or rent one of theirs.

Later,
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