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What should we choose?

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What should we choose?

Hi,

first - thanks for some really great guidance.

We are now trying to finalize our route and are having trouble prioritizing. In essence we are hesitating between two alternatives itineraries.

1. Portland-Columbia River Scenic Drive-Steen Mt-John Day-Crater Lake-Rogue River-Oregon Coast-Mt St Helens-Portland

2. Portland-Crater Lake-Rogue River-Oregon Coast-Olympic State Park (Wild beaches and Rainforest)-Seattle-Columbia River from the east-Portland

We are flying in to and out off Portland and have 14 days in total.

What would your choice be?

Alox

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1. Re: What should we choose?

It is not Olympic State Park. It is Olympic National Park. It is one of our largest and wildest parks. You do not have time for it. Your second itinerary is unrealistic for 14 days.

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2. Re: What should we choose?

#1.

Remind us what time of year you are visiting?

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3. Re: What should we choose?

Try this: Portland (including day trip to Mt. St. Helens), Astoria and down Oregon Coast (Newport/Yachats/Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area); Gold Beach (2 nights to accommodate jetboat trip up the Rogue); Crescent City (Redwood National Park sites), #199 to Grants Pass/Crater Lake; Bend; John Day (maybe), The Dalles (and westward thru the Gorge).

I haven't worked out the number of days this would take. You can forget Steens Mtn. and the state of Washington except for Mt. St. Helens. It might be possible to work Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood into the itinerary. You might also have to take out the John Day portion.

Just something to start you on more realistic planning. Check out the mileage, driving times, etc. Work in the time you want to spend actually doing things...not just driving by them...decide how many hours a day you want to drive. THEN, we can get down to the details.

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4. Re: What should we choose?

I think oregonpoppa has the right idea for an Oregon trip.

Although it's one of my favorite places, I agree that Steens Mountain would probably be too far out of the way. I definitely would not go if the road to the top of the mountain were closed – it usually opens around July 1.

However, if you really wanted to do it, this might be a good route, starting in Bend and ending up at Timberline Lodge. You would also see the John Day Fossil Beds. You would want to spend some time in the Steens area:

http://binged.it/JD8btv

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5. Re: What should we choose?

In another thread Alox stated they want to see "wild horses", thus the Steens.

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6. Re: What should we choose?

That's a long way to go to hope to see wild horses. I've never been there, so I have no idea how common such sightings are there. I would think you'd have to spend some time in the area (unless you got lucky) to enhance the chances.

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7. Re: What should we choose?

www.blm.gov/or/districts/burns/wildhorse/

Here's more info on the BLM's wild horse programs. Maybe Alox can find an area closer to the itinerary than Steens Mtn.

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8. Re: What should we choose?

Thanks all.

If you had to choose between Crater Lake/Rogue River and Olympic NP, what would you pick?

The reason I'm hesitating here is that my best friend tells me Olympic NP is a must-see. However he has not been to SW Oregon.

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9. Re: What should we choose?

Not a fair question.

Pick one option and go with it.

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10. Re: What should we choose?

Yep. Oregonpoppa summed it up. They are totally different. Read about them and make up your mind.