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Old 11-17-2016, 11:53 AM   #1
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Fall Trip to the northern Rockies

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Looking for campground recommendations for a trip through the Rockies. Below is a an early guess at an itinerary. If you know of any good spots in any of the areas please let me know. Need to look into reservations for those places where they will be required, hence the early start. Going to start around Jasper BC and drive S ending around the Teton's. The list is just for the general area, don't have specific sights I want to see, just see what the country is like.

Guessing at about a week in each area. We prefer non commercial campgrounds, don't need hookups but they don't hurt either, boondocking is even better, as long as I can find the place. Rural is better then urban. In other words, we like to feel like we're camping. PM's would be great if you don't care to let the masses know your good spots, I won't tell anyone. Chances are this is a one time shot.

Winnipeg mid August
Jasper BC
Lake Louise roughly the 1st week of Sept
St Mary WY (Eastern side of Glacier)
Northern end of Yellowstone, this late I'm guessing at Mammoth
Tetons


Out of curiosity, what is the PNW coast weather like this time of year, as in late Oct-Nov. Just in case I want to extend the trip...
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Jasper is in Alberta.
Foreseeable future:
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The PNW is usually quite wet in late Oct - early Nov. This year we had only 2 rain free days in October and the first 2 weeks of November were similar. Not pleasant for camping.
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Bob (padlin), did you intend to visit the coast, a long day's drive west from Jasper? Jasper would have much different weather from the coast.
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There were snowfall warnings for the Coquihalla a couple days ago. Comes and goes.
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This was our weather the beginning of October.
In the Rockies, most campgrounds close mid September.
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Out of curiosity, what is the PNW coast weather like this time of year, as in late Oct-Nov. Just in case I want to extend the trip...
Just as a point of interest for you, the term "Pacific North West" is an American term that generally refers to western Washington state and perhaps north west Oregon. Once you cross the border into Canada it's simply called the "West Coast" or as we jokingly say the "Wet Coast". I mention this only because when you get up here and if you say "Pacific North West" you might get a lot of blank stares.

And as far as the weather itself is concerned we've had a record breaking wet fall so far, with no real end in sight.
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Alberta, BC, same thing to me. Head west, turn north at the mountains.

What I was thinking, till I saw your weather, was do the mts heading south starting in Jasper AB till early Oct. trying to catch everything before the CG's close. Then IF the weather was decent head over to the coast of WA and OR. If Vancouver weather is any indication, come Oct we'll keep going south, maybe the CA coast, or head home.

Anyone got campground recommendations?
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Alberta, BC, same thing to me. Head west, turn north at the mountains.
You folks from New York are all the same.






I really like Wilcox Creek Campground about 100 km south of Jasper. Quite rustic for a National Park, and great views from the campground. The hike up from the campground affords some of the best views you will every take in, and I don't mean just on this trip.

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Sitting at the base of one of Jasper’s premiere dayhikes, with which it shares its name, Wilcox campground is also down the road from the Columbia icefield, offering access to a variety of family friendly amenities and day trips.

Campground facilities are rustic, and include outhouses, picnic tables, cook shelters and metal fire rings.
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