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For my 40th birthday this year I want to do a backpacking trip in Oregon or southern Washington.  I've completed numerous day hikes with my sister who is going with me & lives in Portland.  

I need some recommendations for a destination.  We thought about tackling Timberline Trail in Mt. Hood but part of the trail is 'closed' but I think it may be too ambitious for my first backpacking trip.  My sister has backpacked once but hikes all the time.

I would like to be near the mountains.  I do not want to be hiking for 6 hrs looking at one eons away (which is what happened when we hiked the Wallowas).

I was hoping for at least 2 nights camping...I want 3 & my sister thinks 2 would be better.  She thinks we shoudl hike a day, set up camp, next day do a side trip & leave camp, & the 3rd day hike back.  I was thinking a loop trail around 20-25 miles over the few days but also think an out & back with a side day trip or two would be cool.

and i think we should be no further than 3-4 hrs from Portland.

I read that Three Sisters loop has the ability to cut between Middle & South Sister but my sister is concerned about the trail disappearing for a bit.

Any suggestions?
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The "trail" between the South and Middle Sister is almost a mountain climb. It is steep. When I did it a few years back at the end of August, I could not see the "trail" during a section and we had to climb down a relatively intense section (so much so that the lady I was hiking with swore she'd never do it again and she's gone through some intense stuff). Time-wise, the Three Sisters is a decent distance (about three hours from Portland). Hike-wise, there are several trails that you could do to create a nice loop. However, we just had a major forest fire so the entire east side has been burned all the way up to Demaris Lake. If you want to go there, I would seriously suggest just sticking to the west side of the Sisters. I will be snowshoeing on the east side this next month and I will be able to give a more accurate description of the east side.

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Goat Rocks.

Hike in from the Snowgrass TH, set up at Alpine Camp.  Side trip north on the Pacific Crest Trail to the big viewpoint over Coyote Ridge, maybe bag Old Snowy.  Or south on the PCT to Cispus Basin and Cispus Pass.  Then for the hike out, go north on Lily Basin trail to Goat Lake and out via Goat Ridge (to the Berry Patch TH, less than a mile from the starting TH).
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I think I've narrowed it down to Paradise Park (Mt. Hood) or Three Fingered Jack area (Jefferson Wilderness) as I see loop hikes with possible day hikes on both.  I would really like to do this around the 3rd week of June... any idea if this is impossible due to the snow?  Worried about mosquitoes if i wait til July/Aug too.  

trying to plan a 3 night /4 day trip w/my sis.
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You can always check snotel. 3jack would be my choice, conditions permitting, followed by goat rocks.
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Goat Rocks.

Hike in from the Snowgrass TH, set up at Alpine Camp.  Side trip north on the Pacific Crest Trail to the big viewpoint over Coyote Ridge, maybe bag Old Snowy.  Or south on the PCT to Cispus Basin and Cispus Pass.  Then for the hike out, go north on Lily Basin trail to Goat Lake and out via Goat Ridge (to the Berry Patch TH, less than a mile from the starting TH).

Did a trip there last summer with my son & his girlfriend--1st day to Cispus Basin, 2nd day to Alpine Camp, 3rd day to Jordan Basin, & out. It's a spectacular area, lots of people though (by my standards anyway--I spend a lot of time off-trail in the Sierra).  But way worth it. Cispus & Jordan camps were both spectacular.


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