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4 days in April - Portland area or Vancouver Island?

4 days in April - Portland area or Vancouver Island?

Oct 15th, 2009, 12:11 PM
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4 days in April - Portland area or Vancouver Island?

This is sort of a weather question. We have a business conference in Seattle in April, and we'll have a few days before to do a little travelling. Staying in Portland and seeing the coast and the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. St. Helens seems nice, but I'd also like to think about Vancouver Island. Perhaps 4 days won't be enough here. Would Mt. Hood be inaccessible?

Any weather considerations for each place in April? We are hikers/nature lovers, I know we'll need to bring our rain gear.
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Oct 15th, 2009, 12:44 PM
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I can tell you that Vancouver is one of the prettiest places in the world and it has some great restaurants too..
Haven't been in April but we went in November and it was rainy but just gorgeous.
We stayed at the Fairmont and Sutton Place..
Didn't hike but wish we did.
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Oct 15th, 2009, 02:22 PM
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Rainy at sea level, snowy/icy on Mts. Hood and St. Helens.

VERY rainy on the west coast of Vancouver Island, possibly less so on the east side or Victoria areas.

If you don't mind the rain, you might consider the Olympic Peninsula rain forests (esp. Hoh) which are amazing at that time of year, once the elk have browsed off all the understory growth in the valleys. The result is tree trunks and Spanish Moss disappearing into the mist overhead, with moss underfoot, and very little in between. Spooky beautiful.

A less rainy and (IMO) terrific option is to go through the Columbia Gorge to the Palouse country in SE Washington, where the spring wheat grass on the rolling hills knocks your eyeballs out. Visit Palouse Falls while you're in the area. Easy as a one-way loop out of Seattle - Seattle > Walla Walla > Columbia Gorge > Portland, fly out.

See http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=4604543&size=lg and http://blog.oregonlive.com/terryrich...use_falls.html.
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Oct 16th, 2009, 08:28 PM
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The Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Hood, Oregon Coast, and/or the Olympic Peninsula would be a better choice than Vancouver Island which is less conveniently located to Seattle and is likely to be wetter in April.

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Oct 17th, 2009, 07:14 AM
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Mt. Hood is at least partly accessible since people ski there in the winter. So you can at very least drive up to Timberline ski lodge and check it out unless you aren't attempting to do so in the middle of a big storm.

The Columbia River Gorge may also be rainy (like the Oregon Coast) in April (but you could also get sunny spring weather - who can say for sure?) but then the waterfalls should be spectacular with the winter snows melting as well as the rains increasing the water flow. You should be able to see the falls at very least despite any rainy weather though hiking of course might not be so great.
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