Hello all. My friend and I have been talking about a roadtrip out west for the past few years, and this summer we are finally going to do it. Here's the plan: we want to see the best places in the Northwest in all its glory. We hope to spend at least 30 days backpacking, and we are planning on 2 months total (June 1st - August 1st). We could potentially go longer, as we don't go back to college till the beginning of September. The major states we want to hit are Montana, Washington, Wyoming, and Colorado. We have been doing early planning for the past two months, and here's the first draft of our trip.
I'm starting this forum to get some early ideas, and will ask more detailed questions as the months pass to find the best hikes, best stops, etc. I've been a lurker here awhile and I know all of you are full of insight and have many more years of experience than we do (will be turning 21 on the road), so anything you can contribute will be appreciated.
As you can see, some key places we want to go are Bob Marshall Wilderness, Glacier, North Cascades, Mt. Rainer Natl Park, Yellowstone, Wind River Range, Grand Tetons, and Rocky Mountain National Park. However, our goal is to find very solitary places. Any early suggestions to our planned route will be great (such as is early June too early for Glacier? How much snow will there be? etc.) Any links would be great, and I have Delorme Topo Software and my friend has Garmin Topo software which we hope will come in handy. So let me know what you think, if there are any must-sees along the way, or just share some past experiences about a similar trip.
Thanks so much.