Hi all! My fiancee and I are planning a trip to the Pacific NW the first week of July. We love hiking, breweries and good food. Here's a proposed itinerary:
Fri: arrive in SEA at 12:50pm, drive to Olympic Natl Park - hike late afternoon
Mon: short hike at ONP in AM, drive to Cannon Beach, arrive late afternoon/early evening
Tues: Cannon Beach
Wed: drive to Portland early AM, spend day there
Thurs: drive to Columbia River Gorge early AM - hike all day
Fri: Columbia River Gorge, drive to Seattle late afternoon (or stay extra night at CRG)
Sat: Seattle (with potential day trip via ferry to San Juan Islands for whale watching - probably too ambitious though!)
Sun: Seattle in AM, head to airport at 11:30am.
Does this seem doable? We were sad to learn that the Columbia River Gorge was damaged during wildfires last September. Are there enough trails open to take up two days of hiking there? Or should we consider Mt. Rainier instead? We wanted to get some variety in the hikes we are doing so though the Gorge would be a good idea.
Any favorite hikes in ONP or the Gorge? Any hikes near the Oregon Coast? Any favorite breweries in any of these areas?
Thanks in advance!