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Hey JCC PNW,

I am relatively new to exploring the PNW after moving here from N. California. My wife, daughter and I just got our Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk a few months ago and are ready to start bookmarking some locations for the upcoming year.

With the snow season coming, I am sure a lot of trails and camping locations are closed. We are a snowboard/ski family so we are excited to start heading up to Stevens Pass and such. But as the new year comes and the sun starts to come out does anybody have any thoughts, advice, maps, etc to check out? We are open to just about anything. My daughter (7 years old) said to me that she wants to start fishing this summer so, that will be a part of the new adventures.

The first week we got the Trailhawk we took a drive up around Spada Lake just to get a feel for the car. Was able to throw it into 4Low with the dealer plate still on lol. No major mods or anything at the moment, besides a roof rack for the snowboards. We wanted to take a trip through Stampede Pass but the weather beat us to it and we drive alone so I didn't feel 100% safe without having the proper gear with us with the kiddo. I also was looking in Naches Trail? Seems like a fun ride with some bigger tires and better clearance. Other than that I can't really get a good map route on Gaia or AllTrails. So I figured I would just start asking around and maybe make a few friends along the way.

Thanks again JCC PNW!
 

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Oh another thing is that we are going to try and make our way through the 90 and over to Couer d'Alene Idaho and Whitefish Montana at the end of February. Any advice on that would be 100% helpful! I am a little nervous about the winter weather as this will be our first experience heading east like that.
 

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You basically have the outdoor world at your command in the PNW. With summer much will open up to you, but as long as you don't mind maintained roads, even winter gives you a lot of freedom. For skiing/snowboarding, check out Mission Ridge in Wenatchee. You will love passing through Leavenworth, eating BBQ at Country Boys in Cashmere (with a tour of the Applets/Cotlets factory for samples for desert afterwards). Lake Chelan is beautiful in any season (used to own a condo on the Lake when we lived in Wenatchee). Spokane, Cda, and Western Montana....what can I say....all stunning terrain. Go read the thread on the WABDR route that a group of us did parts of a couple of years back. Drive north up the Okanogan Valley in to BC and see the incredible beauty there. East of Lewiston ID there is highway 12 which takes you over the mountains into Lolo Hot Springs. Incredible drive that I did two summers ago.

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Bottom line....no end to possibilities. Oh....don't forget to go see the Grand Coulee Dam or travel up the Snake River (which you will see going to Hwy 12). You can take a loop through Enterprise OR back to Clarkston WA (hwy 29 I think) that is above Hells Canyon or find one of the dirt roads that actually go down into canyon to the river below.

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You basically have the outdoor world at your command in the PNW. With summer much will open up to you, but as long as you don't mind maintained roads, even winter gives you a lot of freedom. For skiing/snowboarding, check out Mission Ridge in Wenatchee. You will love passing through Leavenworth, eating BBQ at Country Boys in Cashmere (with a tour of the Applets/Cotlets factory for samples for desert afterwards). Lake Chelan is beautiful in any season (used to own a condo on the Lake when we lived in Wenatchee). Spokane, Cda, and Western Montana....what can I say....all stunning terrain. Go read the thread on the WABDR route that a group of us did parts of a couple of years back. Drive north up the Okanogan Valley in to BC and see the incredible beauty there. East of Lewiston ID there is highway 12 which takes you over the mountains into Lolo Hot Springs. Incredible drive that I did two summers ago.

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Bottom line....no end to possibilities. Oh....don't forget to go see the Grand Coulee Dam or travel up the Snake River (which you will see going to Hwy 12). You can take a loop through Enterprise OR back to Clarkston WA (hwy 29 I think) that is above Hells Canyon or find one of the dirt roads that actually go down into canyon to the river below.

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OH WOW, this is exactly what we were looking for :) All of these sound so amazing. We will be sure to try and hit as much as we can next season. Thanks so much for typing this all out and the suggestion. Can't wait to get started!
 

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My wife is jonesing to go camping and a trail run, I am on the western side of the state, so we would need to meet in the middle. We have three day weekends available. When are you looking to do anything?
 

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@TomB....very cool roads with most of them AGAIN in my old stomping grounds. Slate Peak is a wonderful drive, but I have not been there in perhaps 40 years. @Pondhopper, unfortunately, our "camping" has taken a serious turn for the luxurious. It has horrible ground clearance, no 4x4 and the breakover angle really sucks. Our house is for sale and this will become our home for a couple of years when/if that happens. But, we enjoyed our last outting together with you guys and might figure out how to tent camp again.
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