I'm planning an 18 days trip in the Pacifc NorthWest (USA), already booked a flight to Seattle.
I'll land there on May 19, coming back on June 5.
In this period I hope to visit these parks: North Cascades, Glacier, Olympic, Mt Rainer and Crater Lake. The road is plenty but I'm used to drive a lot. I'll also drive the Oregon coast from about Crater Lake's height to Tillamook or up there.
What I am absolutely concerned is SNOW. I've read a lot about Glacier and North Cascades' snow accumulations in that period (late May) and it seems that I'll not have many opportunities to hike there. The Going to the Sun road will not probabl open until July 1st this year.
So that's my question: should I start my route driving eastwards from Seattle to take a sightseeing of North Cascades and Glacier to then focus my attention more in depth on the remaining route, or should I give a shot to my luck and drive south first, to end my route north and see if some snow has melt?!
Hope someone has some experience to share with me, any kind of suggestion is appreciated!!
PS. Too, if someone want to join me in the northern part of the route (Cascades-Glacier because of bears issues) you're welcome!
Thanks a lot,