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PostWed Mar 10, 2021 11:59 am 
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The Salmo Priest loop is nice. not sure it is worth the 8 hour drive from Seattle though.
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PostWed Mar 10, 2021 12:02 pm 
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RichP wrote:
The Salmo-Priest has a 20+ mile ridge traverse called The Shedroof Divide. Probably one of the least used wilderness areas in the state due to its remoteness from Pugetopolis. The one semi-popular hike is the Salmo-Priest Loop.

https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/shedroof-divide

I should explore that one, since currently I am right next door at Priest Lake.

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PostWed Mar 10, 2021 12:05 pm 
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I did this one there a few years ago:

http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8011929
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PostWed Mar 10, 2021 1:38 pm 
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stephen mather and glacier peak
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PostWed Mar 10, 2021 1:54 pm 
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stephen mather and glacier peak

Looks like where you are headed in Canada is about a 3-4 hour drive to the Salmo-Priest, or you can head down through Bonners Ferry and hike in the Selkirks, ski at Sweitzer, etc.

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PostWed Mar 10, 2021 1:58 pm 
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no need to hike in the US anymore
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PostWed Mar 10, 2021 2:00 pm 
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Still a nice location and in reach of many areas, gives you a lot of options.

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PostWed Mar 10, 2021 4:30 pm 
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no need to hike in the US anymore

You're going to be within fairly easy range of a bunch of National and Provincial Parks.  I didn't come close to seeing everything worth seeing up there, but really enjoyed Valhalla, Bugaboo and Yoho.
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PostWed Mar 10, 2021 4:34 pm 
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You're going to be within fairly easy range of a bunch of National and Provincial Parks.  I didn't come close to seeing everything worth seeing up there, but really enjoyed Valhalla, Bugaboo and Yoho.

yep, and a lot of hidden/lesser known provincial parks.

we'll still come back to the north cascades, but morning mountain bike dumpster dives with stefan at 2am on a june morning before work are probably less likely.  nopity.gif
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PostWed Mar 10, 2021 10:21 pm 
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One aspect of the Pasayten I enjoy is the that it seems to be out of the flight path for SEA and YVR flights and the wilderness is big enmiough that you can get a few days in from the trailhead -- so you really get to experience only the sounds of nature and observe the night sky with minimal glow from Puget Sound City washing out the milkyway.
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PostThu Mar 11, 2021 10:23 am 
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It seems like most of the Pasayten has burned in the last few decades.  After doing so much hiking on the west side in thick claustrophobic woods, open country is a relief.  The burns are beautiful, seeing life come back after a tragedy is incredible.
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PostThu Mar 11, 2021 10:37 am 
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Cyclopath wrote:
It seems like most of the Pasayten has burned in the last few decades.  After doing so much hiking on the west side in thick claustrophobic woods, open country is a relief.  The burns are beautiful, seeing life come back after a tragedy is incredible.

This is why the old Signpost and Pack & Paddle magazines are so enjoyable. Ann Marshall and her husband, Lee, explored many abandoned trails in the Pasayten in the 70's and even more in the 1980's. Abandoned even then.  Those trails now...?  - probably impossible to even locate.  The Marshalls were hearty explorers; many of their trips in the Pasayten were in sleet, snow, miserable conditions on abandoned trails. Great reads!

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olderthanIusedtobe wrote:
Can't narrow it down to 1, have to pick 2.  Alpine Lakes and  Glacier Peak.  With one you have polished granite and gorgeous lakes everywhere, the other is the king of meadowy ridge walking.

Well, I will narrow it down to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness...you can't beat that white granite for me! Closely followed by GPW.

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PostThu Mar 11, 2021 2:41 pm 
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I didn’t think we’d get this far along without someone saying Goat Rocks.
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PostThu Mar 11, 2021 3:23 pm 
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Cyclopath wrote:
It seems like most of the Pasayten has burned in the last few decades.  After doing so much hiking on the west side in thick claustrophobic woods, open country is a relief.  The burns are beautiful, seeing life come back after a tragedy is incredible.

+1. I was surprised at how beautiful it was in was over around Black Lake NE of Winthrop which was my first experience backpacking in a burn area. Then last summer we hiked through a very large burn in the Bob. That was brutal though as we had to negotiate through miles of blowdowns. The good thing is we didn't see another human for 2 days.

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