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kevin winn
(kevin314@gmail.com) - F
Winter trip help on 12/06/2012 15:23:14 MST Print View

Hey guys,
I finish up grad school in December and start at my new job in late January. I really want to get a winter trip in before I start at my new job.

I want to spend a week to 10 days hiking/backpacking. I don't have any experience backpacking in the snow. I'm looking for a place with a lot of choices for day hiking and a easy first winter backpacking trip(1-2 nights). I'm interested getting input on how difficult trips would be or any additional information.

Trip Ideas-
Yosemite Valley
Moab
Eastern Sierra
Capitol Reff
other suggestions

Thanks
kevin

rOg w
(rOg_w) - F

Locale: rogwilmers.wordpress
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Edited by rOg_w on 06/17/2013 19:40:45 MDT.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Winter trip help on 12/06/2012 16:52:10 MST Print View

I backpack then

Beach of Olympic Peninsula is unique. Like Third Beach to Toleak Point. But you have to look at weather reports, if it's heavy rain the whole time it's not so good.

Rogue River West of Grants Pass is pretty nice. I have heard the Lost Coast between San Francisco and Eureka. Those aren't quite as rainy as the Olympics but...

Green Thumb
(greenthumb)
Cascades! on 12/06/2012 17:03:16 MST Print View

I miss my winters in the Central Oregon Cascades. Tons of winter trails for snowshoeing and X-country skiing. A gazillion miles of trail within 15 minutes of downtown Bend. It's where I'm going when I die.

kevin winn
(kevin314@gmail.com) - F
suggestions on 12/06/2012 17:08:50 MST Print View

Rog any suggestion on where to go in canyonlands in the winter? I have a truck with high clearance but no 4 wheel drive.

Jerry thanks for the suggestion, I'll check the lost coast.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: suggestions on 12/06/2012 17:30:12 MST Print View

http://www.climbwild.net/INFO_The_Lost_Coast_page_one.html

Brendan Swihart
(brendans) - MLife

Locale: Fruita CO
Re: suggestions on 12/06/2012 18:27:42 MST Print View

The Utah parks are great in winter. Needles dist. has lots of loop options and it's easy to shorten/lengthen the trip on the fly if needed. No need for 4wd. Here's a trip report from the Needles last Feb:

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=59349

That was an abnormal amount of snow for the area.

rOg w
(rOg_w) - F

Locale: rogwilmers.wordpress
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Edited by rOg_w on 06/17/2013 19:41:20 MDT.

kevin winn
(kevin314@gmail.com) - F
needles on 12/06/2012 19:54:39 MST Print View

Thats an great trip report Brendan. Needles look like a fun place. Thanks for the input everyone.