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manishbit

Oregon Waterfalls, Mt Rainier & Palouse Waterfall in 5 Days

by manishbit »

Hi All,

I am planning a 5 Day trip over the Memorial day weekend, reaching Seattle Airport on Wed (24th)  and leaving on Mon (29th) from Portland

Planning to cover the following

1. Oregon Waterfalls: Which are the best for Photography ?

2. Mt. Rainier: I have read that some parts may still be closed during May end, thoughts ?

3. Palouse Waterfall: How can I fit this with the other Waterfalls ?

Need help on finalizing the Itinerary and which are the Best Waterfalls for Photography, including Night Photography to capture the Milky Way

Thanks

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jackab

RE: Oregon Waterfalls, Mt Rainier & Palouse Waterfall in 5 Days

by jackab »

Your plan sounds cool. I hope it will remain the best way to go ahead and enjoy your time there. As you are planning to enjoy photography there then surely it will be a fun time for you. Oregon Waterfalls will give you an opportunity to click some stunning shots. For details about Mt. Rainier check this site. https://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/road-status.htm. Hope it will be helpful for you. 

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manishbit

RE: Oregon Waterfalls, Mt Rainier & Palouse Waterfall in 5 Days

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Thanks ALL for your inputs. I have come up with a tentative Itinerary.    Just want to clarify, that I totally understand the amount of driving this route entails and have seen and double checked everything in Google Maps. There will be 3 of us driving and we are used to taking turns and driving 300-400 miles a day, around 7-8 hrs (or more) of driving every day. (You will see similar discussions by me on other National Parks in my profile)   Due to the limited amount of days we have, I want to make the best (feasible) use of time to get nice landscapes/compositions/night shots. And I totally understand that we are not doing justice to the places that we want to see and we will not be able to see everything, but that is how it is :-(    Day 1: Olympic NP (However much we can cover), then Night stay near North Cascades NP. How much of ONP do you think we can cover and what would be the most scenic route, keeping in mind that we have to travel north towards North Cascades. What would be a nice place to stay near North Cascades, keeping in mind the Night photography aspect   Day 2: Drive towards Mt. Rainier via Wenatchee National Forest, Leavenworth etc and head towards Mt. Rainier. Night halt somewhere on the way, maybe Ellensburg etc. Which route would be the most scenic and what would be nice place to stay near Mt. Rainier, keeping in mind the Night photography aspect   Day 3: See Mt. Rainier and head towards Palouse. Night Photography at Palouse Waterfalls. Which route would be scenic and which place should we stay at Night ?   Day 4: See Steptoe Butte SP and head towards Columbia River Gorge. Which route would be scenic and which place should we stay at Night ?   Day 5: See Columbia RIVER GORGE - Hood River Valley and the waterfalls – Multnomah, others. Have Flight in the evening at around 7 from Portland   Thanks as ALWAYS for your Guidance….It has helped me efficiently plan my earlier trips, ALWAYS.   Regards Manish  
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manishbit

RE: Oregon Waterfalls, Mt Rainier & Palouse Waterfall in 5 Days

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Thanks All for your detailed suggestions. Truly Appreciate it !!   Please provide your inputs to the route and places that I have mentioned below. My map is looking as follows: https://goo.gl/maps/hRrR8RRpsWw.   Day 1: Sunrise @ Hurricane Ridge, Ho Rain Forest, take the evening Ferry to Coupeville, then Chuckanut Scenic Drive, Sunset @ Picture Lake; Night Photography @ Picture Lake; staying in Rockport   Day 2: Sunrise @ Ross/Diablo Lake; which other places should I see in the North Cascades NP? Then take Hwy 2 towards Leavenworth, then Rt 97, then Rt 970, Night Photography @ Cle Elum Lake; staying in Cle Elum   Day 3: Where should I do Sunrise photography near Cle Elum? Then take I 90 to Snoqualmie Falls, then head to Mt Rainier NP. Should I go via Rt 410 or Rt 165? Which places should I see here ? Then head towards Palouse Falls for Night Photography. Where can I get nice Sunset photos on my way towards Palouse? Stay near Colfax   Day 4: Where should I do Sunrise photography near Colfax? Do the Palouse Scenic Byway and head towards Columbia River Gorge. Which would be the most scenic route and where can I get nice Sunset photos and Milky Way ? Stay near Stonehenge memorial   Day5: Where should I do Sunrise photography near Stonehenge memorial? See the Waterfalls in Columbia River Gorge and return to Portland in the evening   - Thanks
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manishbit

RE: Oregon Waterfalls, Mt Rainier & Palouse Waterfall in 5 Days

by manishbit »

Hi All,

 

With our trip a few days away, below is a detailed summary of our 5 day itinerary. Need help on last minute inputs for Best Landscape routes, Best Waterfalls for Photography, including Night Photography to capture the Lakes, Milky Way, Sunrise/Sunsets etc

 

Day 1:

·         Sunrise - Hurricane Ridge

·         Midday – Which of these or others are an absolute must: Marymere Falls, Madison Falls, Crescent Lake, Sol Duc Falls, Ho Rain Forest etc….Take evening Ferry from Port Townsend to Coupeville, then Chuckanut Scenic Drive

·         Sunset – Where can I get a nice Sunset location? Any of these - Deception Pass SP, Woodstock Farm, Chuckanut etc ? Or should we do Sunset at Picture Lake and/or Artist Point on Hwy 542 ? Is Nooksack Falls good?

·         Night Photography – Picture Lake

 

Day 2:

·         Sunrise – Picture Lake or is there any other nice location in that region ?

·         Midday – North Cascades NP, read that route between Diablo and Mazama is now open, Diablo, Ross Lake…then come down to Big Four Ice Caves via route 530, thenn Wallace Falls SP. Any other must see places on Hwy 2 ? Planning to take Rt 97, then 970 after Hwy 2

·         Sunset – Where can I get a nice Sunset location on Hwy 2 – preferably with a Lake in the background, we are open for any short hikes as well

·         Night Photography – Any dark place near Cle Elum? Any of the lakes ?

 

Day 3:

·         Sunrise – Any nice location near Cle Elum ?

·         Midday – Snoqualmie Falls, then then head to Mt Rainier NP. Should I go via Rt 410 (White River Entrance) or Rt 706 (Nisqually)? I am assuming Rt 165 will be closed. Does this look okay - https://goo.gl/maps/4LXfwrJ8iuw

Will any of these falls be open to view: Wauhaukaupauken Falls, Spray, Narada ?

·         Sunset – Reflection Lake or can I get a nice Sunset location on Hwy 12 en route to Palouse Waterfalls

·         Night Photography – Palouse Waterfalls

 

Day 4:

·         Sunrise – Any nice location near Colfax? Steptoe Butte or any other ?

·         Midday – Steptoe Butte, Palouse Scenic Byway

·         Sunset – Palouse Waterfalls or any other place en route to Stonhenege ? What is the most scenic route from Palouse to Stonehenge Memorial ?

·         Night Photography – Stonehenge Memorial

 

Day 5:

·         Sunrise – Any nice location near Biggs Junction ?

·         Midday until 6 PM – Should we try to see Trout Lake (141) or Lost Lake (281) as a detour, before going to see the Columbia River Gorge waterfalls? Which falls are a must see ?

 

- Thanks

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