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PostWed Oct 07, 2020 9:21 am 
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Greetings all! I'll be flying into Seattle from Alaska in early November and am looking for hiking/camping recommendations. I'll have a car and would be willing to drive 2-3 hours if needed. It's tough I know as that time of year you have to consider snow, so I'd likely lean more towards either warmer/rainy OR something east of Cascades. One other thing is that I'll have my dog with me so I'd like to stay away from hunting. Are National Parks my only option? Thanks!!!
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PostWed Oct 07, 2020 10:12 am 
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Ummmm, east of the cascades gets cold and might get snowy.  A crystal ball is needed.

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PostWed Oct 07, 2020 12:07 pm 
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Yeah, it'll be hard to really predict anything this far out, I'd advise looking for a decent amount of hikes you like, and then closer to the actual time of the hike check WTA trip reports and forecasts to see which is in the best condition.
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PostWed Oct 07, 2020 12:21 pm 
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National Parks are your best bet to avoid hunting in early November; but by and large, dogs aren’t allowed on trails in National Parks.

However, dogs are allowed in a few places in Olympic National Park. See link here.

In early November, if you're amenable to USFS lands (hunting allowed) there may be several choices; hard to know this far out.

Perhaps something along Lake Chelan in the Lake Chelan Recreation Area which an NRA does allow pets. Call to see if there are limitations though.  Check Lady of the Lake ferry schedule and dog policy.

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PostWed Oct 07, 2020 12:25 pm 
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Agree with narrowing it down to a few choices and making a gametime decision.

Do note that most national park trails do not allow dogs.

https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/pets.htm
https://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/pets.htm
https://www.nps.gov/noca/planyourvisit/pets.htm
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PostWed Oct 07, 2020 1:15 pm 
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Go hike on Orcas island. Turtleback mountain or the state park.

November is tough to gauge this far out.

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PostWed Oct 07, 2020 1:30 pm 
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Yes it's the million dollar question. Basically I'll stay low elevations the main thing is to try and steer clear of hunting.
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PostWed Oct 07, 2020 1:35 pm 
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I love the Chelan area. I've hiked all around that area so thanks for reminder. I hadn't considered that NP's didn't allow dogs. So back to drawing board smile.gif I'll keep it narrow and stay west of Cascades and within a couple hours of Seattle. I agree with having a handful of choices and deciding once i get there.
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PostWed Oct 07, 2020 3:06 pm 
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Are you going for a day hike or a backpacking trip?
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PostWed Oct 07, 2020 4:05 pm 
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Would like a max 2-3 night backpack (but could easily be talked in to a car camp location with access to a few nice day hikes)...was actually thinking a river trail could be nice. Maybe Skykomish, Beckler, Suiattle?
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PostWed Oct 07, 2020 4:44 pm 
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Suiattle Road is slated to be closed til at least next spring (wildfire).

Icicle Creek might be a good choice, outside of Leavenworth. LOTS of dayhikes around there.

Along N Fk Sky - who knows in early November, but that would offer nice tirps.

Middle Fork Teanaway river as well.

Actually all of these have good trail heads for backpacking if the weather holds in November.

Just keep your dog close at all times.

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PostWed Oct 07, 2020 8:33 pm 
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If your looking at Skykomish area go to the foss lakes. Pleanty of places to go, easy to bail out if it turns nasty. Never seen any hunters in the area.
Certainly be uncrowded.

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PostWed Oct 07, 2020 10:25 pm 
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Depending on the snow the East side of the olympics is in a National Forest so dog friendly. You can make a 3 day loop in the Marmot Pass/Dungeness area if it hasn't started snowing in earnest yet.

Also, the Snoqualmie Middle Fork or Waptus Lake.

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PostThu Oct 08, 2020 6:11 am 
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tunnelman3 wrote:
Yes it's the million dollar question. Basically I'll stay low elevations the main thing is to try and steer clear of hunting.

The main hunting season is closed on Oct 31st not that you have any fear prior to that anyhow
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PostThu Oct 08, 2020 7:21 am 
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Ingals creek is great..if snow isn't down..15 miles to stuart basin..can be quite lovely.   After 6 miles..people disappear.

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