Taiwanese-American blogging about his travels outdoors and occasionally his thoughts on life.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Finalized West Coast Road Trip Plan 2016 (Pacific Coast Highway Roadtrip)

This itinerary took me a few weeks to complete. Most of the time was spent fussing over what I could and what I couldn't miss.

As you can see, most of the places that I will stay at are state parks. Only one of these parks I made reservation for, the others are walk up and follow a first come first serve policy. I don't think I included any beach camping.

The goal of this trip is to enjoy the coastal drive north, sample as many breweries as I can, climb when possible, and most importantly, hike through much green as possible.

Some places that I have planned and am excited to visit are:

1. Crater Lake:

Photo Cred: https://www.thinglink.com/scene/717824184226414594
National Park Site: https://www.nps.gov/crla/index.htm

From Wikipedia: Crater Lake is a caldera lake in the western United States, located in south-central Oregon. It is the main feature of Crater Lake National Park and is famous for its deep blue color and water clarity. The lake partly fills a nearly 2,148-foot (655 m)-deep caldera that was formed around 7,700 (± 150) years ago by the collapse of the volcano Mount Mazama. There are no rivers flowing into or out of the lake; the evaporation is compensated for by rain and snowfall at a rate such that the total amount of water is replaced every 250 years. With a depth of 1,949 feet (594 m), the lake is the deepest in the United States.

In the world, it ranks tenth for maximum depth, and third for mean (average) depth.

2. 2-day Backpacking trip into Olympic National Park

Photo cred: http://exotichikes.com/hike-the-enchanted-valley-in-olympic-national-park-pictures-and-video/

Photo cred: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/enchanted-valley

Photo cred: http://www.hikingproject.com/photo/7010670/narrow-bridge-just-before-entering-the-enchanted-valley
National Park Site: https://www.nps.gov/olym/index.htm

An easy 30 mile hike, roundtrip, through the forests that ends in a stunning valley where a lone chalet stands as a last resort for stranded backpackers. Minimal elevation gain allows for a leisure hike.

3. Oneonta Gorge and Falls Hike

Photo Cred: http://www.joshuameador.com/blog/

Photo Cred: Michael Matti from http://www.travelphotoadventures.com/category/oneonta-gorge/
Official site: http://www.oregon.com/recreation/oneonta-gorge

An equally beautiful alternative to Multnomah Falls that allows for river walking to a waterfall.

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