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  • #578598
    ale_capone
    864 Posts

    I need some Inspiration…

    My girl is taking the first two weeks of may off of work for a roadtrip. Origanally we had planned to go to Cali and visit tex and the Sierra, but the snow outlook is grim?

    Another option on the table is driving to alaska. This would involve me soloing one direction and her flying one way to save her travel time. She only has two weeks, I have from now til may 23.

    It’s her vacation, and her only desire is that it be (mostly)a road trip. I am still hoping to get some riding in. Day trips only.

    So… if you had the first two weeks of may, lived on the west coast, where would you go? Where sill the best riding be outside of washington and oregon around that time?

    Thanks

    #667818
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    Given the choice, I would do Alaska. But, Im game for Shasta you could go all the way down to San Fransico. Dana plateau may be doable

    Sorry for the Thin snowpack this season. I thought we would be getting together down here. 😡

    #667819
    SurfyTurns
    4 Posts

    I live in Washington state and if I had this option, given the criteria, I would head south, stopping to tour Crater Lake, Shasta, and maybe Lassen. I would check out the Sierra for sure, even with the state of the current snowpack, mostly because I love the Sierra. I would still check out the Tahoe basin and maybe do Tallac if possible. And then keep heading south to check out Sonora Pass.

    That’s what I would do. I’m in the same situation pretty often as you. My girlfriend and I love to take roadtrips and camp out along the way. I splitboard and she does not, but she is pretty low maintenance and can keep herself occupied with just hanging out in the mountains.

    The good news is that either way, you can’t lose. Alaska or the Sierra is a win-win for me. I’m sure your chance of finding a touring partner is much greater if you go the California route.

    #667820
    saign
    330 Posts

    AK

    #667821
    powderjunkie
    1669 Posts

    would love to have you come down here and ride the sierra but it is all but done this year.

    i’ll meet ya at shasta though. you should work your way down here and hit the oregon volcanos.

    #667822
    walove
    65 Posts

    bozeman, to cooke city, to jackson, to slc. Cooke is off the hook in may, riding wise, nothing for the girl is she doenst. we have had snow in bozeman everyday since friday and it doesnt look like its letting up soon.

    #667823
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Sounds funny to recommend coming out to the mountains of the Greater Yellowstone when I’m constantly dreaming of heading your way, but things will probably be pretty good around here at that time. Plus May 1st, a bunch of free camping options open up in the Jackson area. Also, if the ladyfriend doesn’t ride, Yellowstone is right there. It can be pretty awesome to experience the typical tourist activities that time of year since it’s outside the main touron season. Can’t say if all the roads would be open by then or not though… but would be worth looking in to.

    #667824
    Jason4
    443 Posts

    I would spend some time on Hwy 20, climbing in Mazama and touring near Wa Pass and Rainy Pass then head east and north into Canada towards Revelstoke and then further north and circle west towards Pemberton. From there I’d head south to tour and ride bikes in Whistler and then camp and climb in Squamish before making the drive home. I know it’s not very exotic but there is a lot of good stuff close to home.

    Another option would be to go explore Vancouver Island. I haven’t been over there yet but I bet there is still plenty of snow at the north end of the island. I’d head over to Port Angeles, tour at Hurricane Ridge and then catch the ferry to Victoria. Surf for a day on the west side of the island and then start driving north.

    #667825
    treetop
    63 Posts

    how about the icefields parkway?

    #667826
    96avs01
    875 Posts

    @saign wrote:

    AK

    +1, always a solid choice

    165 Venture Divide/Spark Frankenburners/La Sportiva Spantiks
    163W Jones Solution/Phantom Alphas/Dynafit TLT5s
    162 Furberg

    Chris

    #667827
    ale_capone
    864 Posts

    Thanks guys!

    All solid spots. A few familiar, and a few we want to hit. Definatly considerd the bozeman jackson loop. Been to the area several times but there is sooo much.

    Think we are leaning towards ak. We’d like to get a little further with so much time..kinda excited. Time to do some homework.

    #667828
    ale_capone
    864 Posts

    I can still always come down to shast without nyla when we get back.

    #667829
    HikeforTurns
    1113 Posts

    something like this?

    Dont forget the gas money

    #667830
    SPLITRIPPIN
    709 Posts

    that looks like a pretty sweet road trip HFT….Noice! :thatrocks:

    whhhipsnake!

    #667831
    saign
    330 Posts

    If you go to AK yo get to drive through BC which is awesome, and plenty of spots to explore. You may drive through fort nelson a tiny logging town on mile 99 of the alaskan hwy, which I lived in for two years growing up. Not that there’s any riding there, but you can think of me as you drive through knowing I’m jealous…

    #667832
    Scooby2
    619 Posts

    I think I’d pick a spot, probably In Alaska, Kenai or thompson pass or wherever that has the best snowpack get there fast and stay there for the whole 3 weeks or whatever. that way one tour will build into another, you’ll end up getting a real good feel for the snowpack and terrain, you’ll learn where to go in poorer visibility and get back farther whereas if you stay moving you won’t know as much about each spot you go and won’t get as deep into the good stuff probably because you’ll only the have the weather that you had when you were there for a short time. Obviously split from a spot if the weather/snow gets really bad. adn chase a good storm on a local level :twocents:

    oops, missed the part about it being mostly a road trip :headbang:

    #667833
    HikeforTurns
    1113 Posts

    @scooby2 wrote:

    I think I’d pick a spot, probably In Alaska, Kenai or thompson pass or wherever that has the best snowpack get there fast and stay there for the whole 3 weeks or whatever. that way one tour will build into another, you’ll end up getting a real good feel for the snowpack and terrain, you’ll learn where to go in poorer visibility and get back farther whereas if you stay moving you won’t know as much about each spot you go and won’t get as deep into the good stuff probably because you’ll only the have the weather that you had when you were there for a short time. Obviously split from a spot if the weather/snow gets really bad. adn chase a good storm on a local level :twocents:

    oops, missed the part about it being mostly a road trip :headbang:

    Sage advice. Its always tough to dial in a new place. Though I have personally witnessed Ale destroy long approaches.

    #667834
    ale_capone
    864 Posts

    Thanks again for your ideas everyone.

    Some of the close to home stuff like hwy 20 and victoria are on our list for quicker trips. Would be cool to go do some sea kayaking. My girl is low adrenaline.

    Lots of familiar stuff too. Yellowstone tetons was definate consideration. We’ve been to west ys to bile in the park a couple times. Surreal to be sledding next to a heard of buffalo, who arent quite happy you are there. This was the days before guided tours and it was just her and I 2 up. Want to see it with less snow.. Nd cold! ThermL features are impossible to see with the extra steam from the cold air.

    Not concrete yet, but I think I am hitting the road this weekend.

    #667835
    ale_capone
    864 Posts

    Scooby, that is a solid method, and what I would probably do if it where just me… maybe next season. Call this my intro to.

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