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Wanted: a cancelled Wonderland Trail reservation starting 4th or 5th Sept
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Esther Caprez
(estinadel) - F

Locale: go bush !
Wanted: a cancelled Wonderland Trail reservation starting 4th or 5th Sept on 06/20/2012 07:44:56 MDT Print View

Hi there! am flying from Australia to Seattle end August with a mate (flights all booked & paid for). I put in two itineraries mid March to do the Wonderland Trail and both got rejected! We're SO disappointed. ANYONE have a reservation they need to cancel or would like to 'sell'?? We will try for a walk in, but I am not hopeful.

Many thanks for your help.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Wanted: a cancelled Wonderland Trail reservation starting 4th or 5th Sept" on 06/20/2012 12:28:04 MDT Print View

There are so many equally beautiful places to hike in the Washington and Oregon Cascades that I wouldn't worry too much about missing the Wonderland. Our National Forest Wilderness Areas are just as beautiful as and far less crowded than our National Parks. Except for a very few highly impacted areas, they also involve far less bureaucracy--you can generally hike and camp where you chose.

A very few suggestions--there are many, many more!:

Washington: Spider Meadow/Lyman Lakes/Image Lake/Buck Creek Pass Loop, Glacier Peak Wilderness. Hoh River/High Divide Traverse (can also be done as a partial "lollipop" loop), Olympic National Park (this one is in a national park, and does require backcountry camping permits). Chelan Summit Trail, Chelan/Sawtooth Wilderness.

Oregon: Three Sisters Wilderness Loop. Or, if you don't mind a long drive to get there, anywhere in the Wallowa Mountains of northeastern Oregon.

Edited by hikinggranny on 06/20/2012 12:29:01 MDT.

Elliott Wolin
(ewolin) - MLife

Locale: Hampton Roads, Virginia
RE: Wanted: a cancelled Wonderland Trail reservation starting 4th or 5th Sept on 06/20/2012 13:27:01 MDT Print View

I'll second Mary D, there's no end of great places that require no permit or where they are readily available. Most of the North Cascades, for example (although Sep may be a bit late, depending on the snow).

Esther Caprez
(estinadel) - F

Locale: go bush !
Thanks on 06/29/2012 07:18:53 MDT Print View

Thanks, Mary & Elliot for your suggestions. Will def consider the alternatives (but still have my lil' heart set on WT, for personal reasons!)