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Old 11-02-2015, 07:54 PM   #11
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Something to keep in mind is Parks Canada closes a lot of the smaller National Park campgrounds after Labour day. A couple of our favorites along the Icefield Parkway are Wilcox as mentioned and also Rampart Creek. Great hiking close by and both were open until October this year. Another favorite is Kicking Horse in Yoho National Park, incredible hiking there and that campground stays open late as well.
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Old 11-02-2015, 07:57 PM   #12
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If you are heading south, Lundbreck Falls may be along your path. Has some power sites. I caught a nice 14" rainbow trout by walking about 30' over to the Crowsnest River while my potatoes came to a boil.
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Old 11-02-2015, 07:57 PM   #13
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Kind of hard to do as I don't know what's worth visiting. Irregardless, playing with Google map I come up with the following.

Coming across Alberta into Jasper from Saskatchewan on 16 up from Portal ND. (would Jasper campgrounds's get filled up on Labour Day weekend?)
South on 93 to Banff NP
South on 1 to Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, I've read they have great hiking.
South on 2 to Many Glacier CG in Glacier NP
Two Medicine CG in Glacier
West to Mt Rainier, would like to stay off I-90, maybe rt 2.
NW around the Olympics on 101
If it's worth it, stay on 101 south to Crescent City CA, or maybe grab 20 west in Newport.
Head west, maybe stopping in Mammoth in Yellowstone, then towards home. Might be taking on too much though.

Would like to get the the Jasper area midweek before or just after the holiday.
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Old 11-02-2015, 08:35 PM   #14
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We have rolled into the big Jasper campground, Whistlers, on long weekends in the past and got a spot without a reservation. That said, the smaller campgrounds around Jasper don't take reservations so if you get there Thursday you can grab a spot and be set for the weekend.
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We have rolled into the big Jasper campground, Whistlers, on long weekends in the past and got a spot without a reservation. That said, the smaller campgrounds around Jasper don't take reservations so if you get there Thursday you can grab a spot and be set for the weekend.
That's what I was figuring on, arriving Wed or Thursday.
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Old 11-03-2015, 03:51 PM   #16
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Bob,
Your trailer is not allowed on the Going To The Sun road. You can unhitch and do it. If the traffic is not too bad go all the way to West Glacier and return via US 2 which skirts the southern edge of GNP. The scenic part for all but the driver is the western side of Logan Pass.
Since it is circuit you could reverse directions, but you would see US 2 twice in the same direction when you left Two Medicine CG bound for Rainer.

Here is a perverted but scenic route to Rainer NP that avoids interstates mostly. You also can head west from Tonasket to explore the North Cascades, but I do not know a good way to avoid Seattle that way.

https://goo.gl/maps/9PuhLQnaLUE2
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Bob,
Wenatchee is worth a look that time of year as well if you like pears and apples. May be a bit early tho.

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Old 11-03-2015, 04:19 PM   #18
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Thanks Rob, never heard of Wenatchee, I'll look it up. I knew about the size limits on GTTS Rd, I've heard it is very tight even with just a full size truck.
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Old 11-03-2015, 05:25 PM   #19
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Bob, you need to make this trip again next May and stop in Osoyoos, BC for the Escape rally.
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Old 11-03-2015, 05:47 PM   #20
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I hear you Jim, but from what I could find many roads are still closed in May. Maybe the following year, we were talking about a trip west one spring, would like to see Yellowstone in June.
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