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Old 04-10-2008, 12:44 AM
 
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What about the Grand Canyon?
That is number one for me--at least in the off-season!!
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Old 04-10-2008, 02:06 PM
 
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That is number one for me--at least in the off-season!!
As my post previously stated, overnight hiking in a national park is carefully monitored and restricted. You have to apply for a permit, hope the days are open, then camp where The Man tells you to camp, and expect a friendly (or imposing) visit by an armed park ranger driving up in a 4x4 while you set up a tent in "natures wilderness" that you just spent 6 hours humping a pack to get to. Grand Canyon is heavily restricted.
Rewarding and challenging I'm sure, but not my cup of tea.
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Old 04-10-2008, 03:35 PM
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I happened to catch a PBS show last night about Death Valley. I don't believe you could find more extreme conditions in the lower 48.
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Old 04-10-2008, 10:10 PM
 
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As my post previously stated, overnight hiking in a national park is carefully monitored and restricted. You have to apply for a permit, hope the days are open, then camp where The Man tells you to camp, and expect a friendly (or imposing) visit by an armed park ranger driving up in a 4x4 while you set up a tent in "natures wilderness" that you just spent 6 hours humping a pack to get to. Grand Canyon is heavily restricted.
Rewarding and challenging I'm sure, but not my cup of tea.
Yeah, I specifically avoid Nat. Parks when looking to camp and get a true outdoor experience. They suck all the fun out of it, and nullify all the reasons I want to be outdoors in the first place. I don't mind them for day visits, but for a true adventure it's best to go somewhere else.
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Old 04-07-2009, 08:43 PM
 
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You should really consider the Sawtooth Mtns of central Idaho- they're beautiful, rugged and have lots of cold clear lakes, don't have to worry about camping permits and such too. You can fly into Sun Valley and they're only an 1 1/2 hr drive north from there. Bring your fly rod to fish the lakes or the Salmon River.
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Old 06-15-2009, 01:57 PM
 
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The Bitterroot Wilderness/River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho. (The only thing separating the two is a dirt road.) You won't find a more true wildnerness experience in the continental U.S. Amazing scenery. Endless mountains. The most extensive rugged mountains in the United States. Rivers. Lakes. Lots of wildlife. And no people.

If you're going to go in on a jeep or 4wd, you'd better get good, recent maps. There's dirt roads in there, but a real lack of signs telling you where they go. It is very easy to get lost.

The No Return wildneress is in south-central ID. The Bitterroot is in north-central. The difference between the two is that the former is a drier climate, while the latter is wet and green (particularly around the Lochsa river area).

I'd highly recommend it.


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In the continental US. Me and my brother are gonna go on a trip and are looking for a really cool place. We're considering Glacier National Park in Montana, the Appalacian Trail, Oregon, RMNT in Colorado, and others as well. Any help would be much appreciated.
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:00 PM
 
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I don't recommend fishing the Salmon river. Real poor fishing. I was up there last year and tried fishing around Stanley. The locals told me not to bother, there's nothing in it.

It's a crying shame. The Salmon river has its name because it used to be the spawning grounds for Pacific-going salmon. But the constructions of dams along the Columbia river have completely blocked their migratory route. There are no more salmon runs along the Salmon river!

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You should really consider the Sawtooth Mtns of central Idaho- they're beautiful, rugged and have lots of cold clear lakes, don't have to worry about camping permits and such too. You can fly into Sun Valley and they're only an 1 1/2 hr drive north from there. Bring your fly rod to fish the lakes or the Salmon River.
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Here's an interesting fact: Death iValley s the lowest point in the U.S.. while just an hour or two away are the Sierra Madres (large mountains.) On a single day, you can see, like a 60 degree or more temperature difference.

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I happened to catch a PBS show last night about Death Valley. I don't believe you could find more extreme conditions in the lower 48.
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Old 06-15-2009, 05:32 PM
 
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If you're going to go in on a jeep or 4wd, you'd better get good, recent maps. There's dirt roads in there, but a real lack of signs telling you where they go. It is very easy to get lost.
Hiking and jeep roads are what's called an oxymoron - contradiction.

Any place you can take a 4 wheel drive to removes "extreme" and "wilderness" from the equation. I love jeep trails too, when I have a jeep, and when the trails allow motorized travel...but when I'm on foot I don't want to be a dozen miles from a motorized road.
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Old 06-15-2009, 10:56 PM
 
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The Bitterroot/RONR is 300 miles across. You're proposing that if the OP wants to get into the heart of this wilderness, they should walk in and walk out? I believe they said they have 2 weeks to use, of which I assume three or four days would be spent getting to and from their drop off point. Doesn't leave enough time.

You obviously haven't been in this wilderness. It's not like other areas. You can four wheel into the backcountry there and not see anyone for days. Especially the farther you go.

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Hiking and jeep roads are what's called an oxymoron - contradiction.

Any place you can take a 4 wheel drive to removes "extreme" and "wilderness" from the equation. I love jeep trails too, when I have a jeep, and when the trails allow motorized travel...but when I'm on foot I don't want to be a dozen miles from a motorized road.
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