Newbie, looking for suggestions close to Vancouver, WA

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iowa90
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Newbie, looking for suggestions close to Vancouver, WA

Post by iowa90 » July 16th, 2018, 9:07 am

Hello! I live in the corn fields of the midwest and will be traveling to Vancouver, Washington in late September to stay with a friend. I'm new to hiking, but would like to do some while I am there.

Ideally, I'd like to drive somewhere from my friend's place in Vancouver (no more than a 2-3 hour drive if possible) (and somewhere not too difficult to get in and out of) - park - and then take a day hike that would loop me back to my car in the late afternoon/early evening. I'd like to bring a backpack and a lunch with me to make it a longer hike - something in the neighborhood of 15-20 miles total perhaps?

I'm pretty active so it doesn't necessarily have to be an easy hike. I'd also prefer some scenery. Thanks so much for any recommendations!

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Arturo
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Re: Newbie, looking for suggestions close to Vancouver, WA

Post by Arturo » July 17th, 2018, 8:15 am

Coldwater Peak from the South Trailhead.
14 miles. 3,500 feet EG.
Unbelievable scenery.
Still my favorite.

viewtopic.php?t=21824

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retired jerry
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Re: Newbie, looking for suggestions close to Vancouver, WA

Post by retired jerry » July 17th, 2018, 8:20 am

Silver Star

Mt St Helens

The field guide has some specifics

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jeffstatt
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Re: Newbie, looking for suggestions close to Vancouver, WA

Post by jeffstatt » July 17th, 2018, 6:29 pm

Arturo wrote:
July 17th, 2018, 8:15 am
Coldwater Peak from the South Trailhead.
14 miles. 3,500 feet EG.
Unbelievable scenery.
Still my favorite.

viewtopic.php?t=21824
That's the first one that came to mind for me too. Mt St Helens has a uniqueness you can't get anywhere else. Paved roads all the way to the TH - that's a plus. There's a zillion other ideas too - hard to limit to just one suggestion. You have all of Mt Hood at your disposal with the criteria you mentioned.

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Re: Newbie, looking for suggestions close to Vancouver, WA

Post by oldandslow » July 22nd, 2018, 2:05 pm

The Skyline Trail on Mt. Rainier would be a very good hike for you. The trail starts at the Henry M. Jackson Visitors Center which is about a three hour drive from Vancouver. You can find a description of the hike on the internet if you are interested.

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