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Old 01-16-2013, 09:21 AM   #11 (permalink)
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We hike/camp all year. I don't do any over night trips outside if it's below 20 because I don't find that enjoyable. But we have had nights where the temps dipped in the 30's.

Rusty sleeps in the tent with us at our feet on top of our sleeping bags. He doesn't want blankets on him at all...he curls up like a fox and is fine.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:54 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Ah ok, great info! I thought the mesh would just let drafts in despite a rain fly.

I would love to go backpacking in Montana with my dog at some point, just no idea how to get started planning something like that.
My family is from Montana and I basically grew up there as a child. I try to spend as much time there as possible. You can backpack in Glacier Nat Park but not with the dog. I highly recommend it though, it's gorgeous. Otherwise, my favorite backpacking area is the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness area. On my blog (link below) is a link to some photos from this last summer. I need to add more.

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We took our kids to Grand Canyon summer before last. IMHO it is the least well-managed of all the Nat Parks I've been to which is a pity. There is some AWESOME hiking to do there. Love the South Kaibab Trailhead! We also hit Zion (which was our favorite), Bryce, Monument Valley and Arches. I'd been to all of these before but DH and the kids hadn't. Great fun!
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Old 01-16-2013, 06:18 PM   #13 (permalink)
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My family is from Montana and I basically grew up there as a child. I try to spend as much time there as possible. You can backpack in Glacier Nat Park but not with the dog. I highly recommend it though, it's gorgeous. Otherwise, my favorite backpacking area is the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness area. On my blog (link below) is a link to some photos from this last summer. I need to add more.

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We took our kids to Grand Canyon summer before last. IMHO it is the least well-managed of all the Nat Parks I've been to which is a pity. There is some AWESOME hiking to do there. Love the South Kaibab Trailhead! We also hit Zion (which was our favorite), Bryce, Monument Valley and Arches. I'd been to all of these before but DH and the kids hadn't. Great fun!
Yeah I wanted to go to the Oregon coast again but we were just there in June and my husband doesn't want to make the drive again, lol. I've never been to the Grand Canyon and figured its probably something everybody should see at least once! Unfortunately with it being a national park the only trail I can do in the park itself with a dog is the south rim trail which is 13 miles so plenty of trail for the day we'll be there. If dogs are allowed on any of those other trails you mentioned I will check them out too.

Glacier national park is definitely on my bucket list! How are the cabinet mountains in the spring? Thinking about trying a short backpacking trip with the puppers(also a coatie!), oh and the hubby around spring 2014.
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Just noticed you are from Carlsbad....Grew up in Oceanside/Carlsbad . In Texas now though!!
Oh cool! It's a beautiful place to live you have to admit! I live pretty close to downtown Carlsbad.
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Yeah I wanted to go to the Oregon coast again but we were just there in June and my husband doesn't want to make the drive again, lol. I've never been to the Grand Canyon and figured its probably something everybody should see at least once! Unfortunately with it being a national park the only trail I can do in the park itself with a dog is the south rim trail which is 13 miles so plenty of trail for the day we'll be there. If dogs are allowed on any of those other trails you mentioned I will check them out too.

Glacier national park is definitely on my bucket list! How are the cabinet mountains in the spring? Thinking about trying a short backpacking trip with the puppers(also a coatie!), oh and the hubby around spring 2014.
You likely have to take snowshoes and snowcamp. Snow melt doesn't happen until well into June. I've been up there Memorial Day weekend and gotten blocked by snow slides, etc and had to snow camp. If you're prepared for it, it's fine. But the trails aren't clear until June for sure and some even then will be snowy. This last year in August, around the 11th, DH and I had to cross a big snowfield blocking the trail on the way to a lake.
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You likely have to take snowshoes and snowcamp. Snow melt doesn't happen until well into June. I've been up there Memorial Day weekend and gotten blocked by snow slides, etc and had to snow camp. If you're prepared for it, it's fine. But the trails aren't clear until June for sure and some even then will be snowy. This last year in August, around the 11th, DH and I had to cross a big snowfield blocking the trail on the way to a lake.
Ah ok, that's not a problem... My b-days in June anyways. I am just so used to having no seasons, lol and that higher elevations take longer to thaw out, I just hate hiking in the heat.

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Thanks for all the advice everyone! I guess now I just need to worry about not freezing my tush off... It'll be worth it though I hear that sometimes there's Elk that hangout in the campground... Obviously my butt will be watching them from INSIDE my tent.
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Oh cool! It's a beautiful place to live you have to admit! I live pretty close to downtown Carlsbad.
I agree, but...... it is a different kind of Carlsbad now. Still beautiful though. We visit about 3 times a year. Still have kids in the area and of course many of my HS friends. Our first stop when we come to town is to Del Norte's for Marg's and Nachos.
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