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Old 01-21-2014, 10:19 AM   #1
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Smile Sumas, WA to Waterton Lakes National Park?

Hello,

My wife Pam and I will pick up our new Escape 21' at the end of May. Like many, we are planning to take the long way home, first heading to Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta. Google Maps shows several recommended auto routes, one north, one south, and one a winding due easterly course.

Do any of you have suggestions for getting there from Sumas, WA after we accept delivery? I know this will be a mountainous drive and I am prepared for that, but I'm looking for the straightest route with the least elevation gains. We plan to complete the journey in 2 to 3 days, so suggestions for stops along the way would be appreciated as well.

I would be grateful for all suggestions.

Thanks!
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Old 01-21-2014, 04:23 PM   #2
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Elevation will be an issue regardless of the route but well compensated for with the beautiful scenery. I suggest taking Highway 1 (Trans Canada) then Highway 3 near Hope and following it through to Alberta. Go through the Crowsnest Pass, then south to Waterton. Stretch the trip out a day or two more and take the time to enjoy it. There are some pretty nice wineries in the Okanagan and if you go through the Crowsnest, you should stop and look at the Frank Slide Interpretive Center.
On the return trip, head south into Glacier National Park and make your way back through Montana then Idaho. Suggest stopping and hiking into a few of the remote natural hot springs as there should be fewer people around at that time of year. The soak is well worth it.
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Any particular hot springs or campgrounds near the hot springs that people would like to recommend?
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Old 01-21-2014, 07:30 PM   #4
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Goldbug near Salmon Idaho is about a 2 or 3 mile hike with a bit of a climb towards the end. Nothing that can't be done if you just take your time. There are several campgrounds near by.
Jerry Johnson and Weir Creek Hot springs are south of Missoula and have short hikes into them. Lolo Hot Springs which is a commercial hot spring is also nearby. Lots of springs in Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, etc. I've been thinking of doing a hot spring tour to see how many I can get to....Caution though, some of the springs may be clothing optional at certain times.....
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.Caution though, some of the springs may be clothing optional at certain times.....
Ain't that the TRUTH! But as my very elderly Mother reminds me... If you haven't seen it before... you won't know what it is. If you HAVE seen it before... you've seen better!
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Suggest stopping and hiking into a few of the remote natural hot springs as there should be fewer people around at that time of year. The soak is well worth it.

Yes, I hear the bears like their meat well done ...
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Suggest stopping and hiking into a few of the remote natural hot springs as there should be fewer people around at that time of year. The soak is well worth it.

Yes, I hear the bears like their meat well done ...
Hi: CADreamin... Here about now there are some "Stewed Tourists" but most are "Covered in oil". Alf
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Ain't that the TRUTH! But as my very elderly Mother reminds me... If you haven't seen it before... you won't know what it is. If you HAVE seen it before... you've seen better!
Yep, dat be da truth! LOL
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I hear ya, wish the clock would stop for a while. Just finished off some lunch, and waiting on others to go back snorkeling for a while. Off for a long walk after that.
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