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Old 07-02-2013, 11:01 PM   #1
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Sitting around tonight, we are inspired to take our vacation next month with our Scamp to the northwest. We're in Salt Lake and want to go up for ten or fourteen days.

Mandatory items include: a spot in the redwoods, one looking at the beach, and maybe a stop at Corvallis (I am now an Oregon State Beaver).

Anyways, we tend to go to dry camp sites and prefer places off the beaten track. Power and water hookups are not mandatory. Any tips or suggestions you have will be much appreciated.

I know my area well and I know there are a lot of magnificent places to see I this part of the world, but WE NEED ADVICE! Just tell us some of your favorite, must see places. And many thanks to you all in advance for your help!
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:12 PM   #2
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In the Oregon Part of your trip I suggest Crater Lake and/or National Forest campgrounds. Avoid Oregon State Parks in the summer.
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:32 AM   #3
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Wonderful! I had forgotten that Crater Lake was one of the things we wanted to include. And thanks for the tip about the State Parks. I'll keep that in mind.
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:57 AM   #4
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I also forgot to ask if August is a good time to travel to this area. I went up for a trip many years ago in early October and it was rainy but beautiful. Would it be better for us to postpone the trip until September?
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I also forgot to ask if August is a good time to travel to this area. I went up for a trip many years ago in early October and it was rainy but beautiful. Would it be better for us to postpone the trip until September?
Some times September and maybe October are great, sometimes not so good. August is usually the month with the least rain. Could be a bit dry this year, so watch for campfire restrictions. Insects are usually gone in August. It can be a bit warm, but nights are cool. If the choice is October or August, August might be the better bet.
That said, September and October can be great with warm days cool night. Larch trees turning yellow and vine maple turning red. But there is a greater chance of rain and cold or even snow at higher elevations like Crater Lake.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:19 AM   #6
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I enjoyed a drive to Artists Point on the Mount Baker Highway. The only problem was there was so much fog and snow at the top that I couldn't see the view, even though it was on July 27th. The Silver Fir campground is at mile 46, about as far as you would want to pull a trailer. The road gains 3000' in the next 7 miles.
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There's lots to see on the Oregon Coast, but camping might be a bit difficult. I would suggest that you look for campground a few miles inland. There's a couple on highway 34 a few miles from the coast.
If you want to stay high there's Newberry Crater off highway 97. Come across 26 to Timberline Lodge, (not to be missed). There's a couple campgrounds off 26, (Still Creek, Camp Creek, and lower is Toll Gate) which are all close enough for day trip to Timberline Lodge.
A trip to the Columbia River Gorge is nice. You can go down highway 35 then west through the Gorge. Campgrounds, Wyth, Fish Creek, Memolose SP, and Ainsworth SP (these are State Parks are oK). Drive the old Columbia River highway (Scenic Highway) for some great waterfall viewing. The lodge at Multnomah Fall serves a nice lunch. If you're into hiking some of the best hiking in the country is in Gorge along the Scenic Highway.
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I also forgot to ask if August is a good time to travel to this area. I went up for a trip many years ago in early October and it was rainy but beautiful. Would it be better for us to postpone the trip until September?
Last year September and October were great- but smoky. But I'd pick September; odds are reasonably good for nice weather, and crowds are down.
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:19 PM   #9
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Wow! Thanks everyone for great ideas. I'm going to write these down and map them to try to put a route together. I think I'm leaning towards going in September but we'll see.... Thanks again!
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:08 PM   #10
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Is it your intention to go no farther north than Crater Lake?

I ask because most of "the Northwest" is actually- well, north of there!

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Old 07-03-2013, 04:16 PM   #11
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Are you planning to dip down into California to see redwoods? If so, there are beautiful, old growth redwoods to see in Jedediah Smith State Park, a few miles east of Crescent City. It's likely one of the best places to see old growth redwoods, anywhere! The campgrounds are along or near the Smith River, which was listed in the top 10 of the cleanest, most pristine of the wild rivers left in the US. Here's a link to some park info:

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

There's also another really nice redwood park another hour or so south on Hwy 101. Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park also has lots of beautiful old growth redwoods and is the place where National Geographic did their big photo essay a few years ago, highlighting the tallest tree in the world in a remarkably photographed centerfold. There's a trail that starts at the Visitor Center and has you in and amongst old growth in less than 200-300 yards. It's beautiful and has a very primordial feel to it even though you know the road is very close!

Of the two, I much prefer Prairie Creek over Jed Smith, but that's just me.
Here's a link for Prairie Creek:

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

North into Oregon on Hwy 101, about 20-30 minutes north of Crescent City, CA is Harris Beach State Park, just north of Brookings, OR. The campsite is on a bluff above the beach, so it's camping above the beach as opposed to camping right on the beach. Very beautiful! Here's a link:

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department: Harris Beach State Park

I agree with the plan to come in September. Our foggy summer tends to lift a bit at the end of August, the redwoods are still cool and lush but have had a chance to dry out a bit, and the mosquitoes are not as bad. Also, the crowds will have dropped significantly after Labor Day.

Have a great trip!
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Old 07-03-2013, 05:17 PM   #12
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We were definitely planning on going further north than Crater Lake -- I don't know that we can get as far as Seattle but I'd like to get up into Washington if we can.

Since we live in Utah, we'll probably go through California either on the way there or on the way home. Depending on how much time we can take off, we can go a couple of different ways. First, we could take I 15 south into Southern California and head north. Given that that will probably take too long, however, I'm thinking of creating a loop from Salt Lake, west on I80 to Reno and Sacramento, north to Portland (and beyond?) and then head home west and south through Boise, Idaho. Does that sound like a good idea? We could always reverse the loop, too.

Basically, we'd like to see the Sierras, the redwoods, the ocean, Crater Lake, and anything else that we can fit in!

We have a wedding in Minnesota during the weekend of Sept 6/7 so we'd have to be back to SLC before that or leave afterwards. Of course, the weekend before that is Labor Day so I don't really want to be travelling that weekend either. That leaves us with doing it either August 17th through the 30th OR leaving September 10th or so and spending a couple of weeks into the later part of the month.

Anyways, so far, your suggestions have all been really helpful and I'm sure we'll spend this weekend planning out some details. Thanks!
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:03 PM   #13
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We've started to look at everyone's suggestions and are getting really excited. Another part of the trip we could use help with is that through and around the Sierras. Are any of you familiar with them? Neither if us have been there and we'd like to explore them, albeit superficially, on this trip. Thanks!
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Sierras are incredible. Go to Lake Tahoe and my preference is So. Lake Tahoe for a base for a day or more. Explore the area around the Lake. Make reservations early or stay at the base in Minden or Carson City NV and take trip up to Tahoe. Plenty of places to hike, fish, boat or whatever your preference. Desolation Wilderson will not disappoint you. Permit Area Facility Details - Desolation Wilderness Permit, CA - Recreation.gov
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