Feb 19, 2012 at 10:23 am #1285864
I'm looking for any recommendations on hikes along the PCT that you guys have been on that is also open for dogs. Most likely I'll be out there late July for a while and would like to backpack along the northern part of the PCT – so Washington Oregon or maybe North cal – from what I can tell, you can't have a dog in any of the national parks or NPS lands.
So for you that have traveled the PCT – what sections do you recommend? Thanks in advanced guys.
JohnnyFeb 20, 2012 at 3:14 pm #1842048
Piper S.BPL Member
@sbhikesLocale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
The section between Stehekin or Rainy Pass and the Canadian border is really pretty. The Glacier Peak Wilderness is amazing. The Sisters and Mt. Jefferson areas are nice, as is Mt. Hood and the Eagle Creek Creek route. In Nor Cal my favorite section was from Castle Crags to Seiad Valley or Ashland.Feb 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm #1842063
Hiking MaltoBPL Member
+1Feb 20, 2012 at 7:47 pm #1842181
Thank you. I'll look into those. I've heard plenty of good thinks about Eagle Creek.Feb 24, 2012 at 8:46 am #1844087
Elizabeth TracyBPL Member
How many days do you have, approximately?
Do you want to do a continuous section? Or would you skip around, in order to see some highlights?
– ElizabethFeb 24, 2012 at 11:47 am #1844195
Mary DBPL Member
@hikinggrannyLocale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Re dogs: in Mt. Rainier NP and North Cascades NP, it's OK to bring your dog on the PCT (no other trails, though) as long as he's kept on leash.
Depending on the time of snow melt, late July may still be quite buggy, especially on the plateaus that have lots of lakes: Sky Lakes, southern Three Sisters Wilderness, Jefferson Park, Olallie Lakes, Indian (Mosquito) Heaven, the section just north of White Pass (Mosquito Valley). Be prepared (head net, repellent, screened shelter for both you and your dog)!
The Three Sisters Wilderness and southern part of the Mt. Washington Wilderness can be really hard on your dog's paws due to pumice and lava abounding everywhere.Feb 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm #1844203
Ken LarsonBPL Member
@kenlarsonLocale: Western Michigan
The Glacier Peak Wilderness is amazing.
YOU BET +!Feb 26, 2012 at 10:22 am #1845068
Elizabeth – we will be out there for at least a week. My dad will be coming out with us so I'm not sure yet exactly what we will be doing, but probably be doing a little skipping around I would imagine.
And in regards to the mosquitoes – are they a factor throughout Oregon during July? We were in Northern Wyoming and Montana last July and the Mosquitoes were killer until we got to high elevations. Is glacier peak wilderness mosquitoey?
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