Continuing on from Saddleback Pass there are a couple other options for extending your hike. I headed up to the summit of Fairview Mountain, the trail from the junction is quite a bit steeper but the views are well worth the effort.
In an effort to make it out early to the Saddleback Pass trailhead the next morning I reserved a spot at one of the walk-in sites at the Two Jack Lakeside campground. There had been fire bans for most of the summer, but being late September the bans had been lifted. This is one of my favourite camping spots; the sites have easy access to the lake and there are trail running around the campground, it’s easy access to Banff Townsite (when I’m too lazy to pack food), it’s also smaller than some of the other campgrounds and you don’t have the giant RVs running generators.
After leaving Portland, we headed back east and stopped at Multnomah Falls. We accessed the falls via the historic highway, the parking area was jammed pack and it took a couple turns to find a spot. There is a larger lot along the interstate that looked to be easier to find a spot to park in.
We took a different (longer route) home from Vancouver and stopped off in Portland for a day. I had previously only driven through on my way to the coast a few years back, and am definitely hoping to be back soon.
A wedding brought us out to Vancouver a couple weeks ago, and we stayed downtown for a few days where I took the opportunity to capture the skyline from a higher vantage point.
We recently took a weekend camping trip to Tolman Bridge East (near Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park) in the Alberta Badlands. The campground is relatively quiet, located on on the banks of the Red Deer River – there is a gun range that operates to the west, but it’s not crazy distracting.