May 23, 2013 at 4:29 pm #1303322
@lokbotLocale: Portland, OR
I had been lagging on getting my application in and found out that the campsites had been pretty booked up this summer. I spend a while going over possible itineraries and the "available camps on the WT" document" I faxed in my application two days ago and today I got billed for
CHECKCARD 05/23 MT RAINIER WILD RESERV ASHFORD WA -20.00
so I'm hoping that this is a sign that I'm being approved for my route.
Longmire to North Puyallup River.
North Puyallup River to South Mowich River.
South Mowich River to Mystic Camp.
Mystic Camp to White River.
White River to Nickel Creek.
Nickel Creek to Paradise River.
Paradise River to Longmire.
I'm not sure if I'll want to just hike out and head home on day 6 or if I'll want to camp another night and have a short day in the morning.
-LokiMay 23, 2013 at 4:40 pm #1989234
They billed me a week or so before I received my approved itinerary in the mail so I'd say it sounds promising for sure.
Considering that they have the following on their website, I'd say you lucked out:
May 14, 2013: Attempting to reserve camps to hike the entire Wonderland Trail, or a large part of it, is no longer possible for trips starting between July 13 and September 25. See the FULL CAMPS list below. The number of applications for the Wonderland Trail are unprecedented this season.
I'm going the first week in August. When are you going?May 23, 2013 at 6:36 pm #1989268
@lokbotLocale: Portland, OR
Ian – I read that disclaimer and that's where I found the list of booked camp sites.
I carefully chose all of my camps on my itinerary to be open. I was stoked to find a good 6 day with a max of 17.6 miles. I think a few camps might not be the best choice, but I'd take that over not getting to do the WT.
This will be the 1 year anniversary from my first backpacking trip.
The trip is 8/5-8/11
-LokiMay 23, 2013 at 9:50 pm #1989317
Every year the talk of the Wonderland makes me want to do it again.May 24, 2013 at 6:15 am #1989369
Hi Jeffs 11,
Based on your experience, do you think shepherd stakes are ok for the WT campsites or would ground hogs be a better choice?May 25, 2013 at 10:54 am #1989642
The ground is pretty firm, I bet shepherds would be ok. I don't have a lot of experience with them. I carry ground hogs all the time for my main peg points.
But the ground is firm so…May 25, 2013 at 1:56 pm #1989683
Several weeks ago I was in your shoes seeing that the NPS had charged $20 to my credit card. Unfortunately when I got my permit letter in the mail they had changed the dates for my hike and their dates will not work for me. I do remember seeing a section on the application about date flexibility; which I did not fill out. At least I am out only $20. Hope your luck is better!May 26, 2013 at 5:23 pm #1989972
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