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1. Posted by Manu7 (Budding Member 34 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

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,

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1841 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Weather is so changeable that no predictions can be guaranteed to be accurate.

There's plenty of accommodation about. See what the weather is like the day before you go and you can plan accordingly when there.

3. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2012 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

I agree with Cyberia - who knows what May weather will be like? Perhaps you'd be better to start with Crater Lake, but that's just my guess too. I'm in Portland - usually a few degrees warmer here than Seattle. This is a record breaking year for rain in this area - we do expect some minor flooding on riverfront property in April as the snow melts in the Cascades, and avalanche problems will also increase for hikers. Good luck