NCNP has been way off my radar, so I really don't have any preconceived ideas. We will be there for 5 days in July - arriving from the east on Rt 2 (Selkirk Loop). We are mid sixties in a self contained popup truck camper. I have some physical issues, so hiking 2-3 miles is about my limit. - I'm grateful to be able to do that. My thought is to start:
Day 1 - Probably camp at Sun Lakes and go Chelan and the Lake trip to Stehekin - Is it reasonable to return from the boat ride and try to get to Winthrop - I'd plan on a reserved campsite there since it would be a late - maybe after dark arrival.
Day 2 - 5 - questions - would you recommend staying on the east side of the park for a day (Probably camping near Winthrop) to do Hikes there - like Rainy Lake - or drive to the west side of the park and get a campsite and drive back and forth - I've read that some people prefer Colonial Campground to Newhalen - but Colonial isn't reservable, so what's the chance of getting a site there mid-day to mid-afternoon? I have the Erik Molvar Best Easy Hikes, but would be open to suggestions keeping my limitations in mind. I've been known to start out on longer trails and just turn around when I think I'm half done....so I do sometimes get the highlights of those trails. so if you have suggestions for longer trails with good scenery, etc in the first mile to 2 miles, I'd welcome that as well.
So my main question is should we base camp on the west side of the park and go everywhere from there? or split the base came - 2 days east and 3 days west.