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 Post subject: Olallie Lake camping
PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2015 7:00 pm 
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Ollalie Lake usually open in May. Meaning the snow melts out some time in May. This year I didn;t expect any snow, but there was quite a bit in the shadows from the last week of snow, making it hard to get to. It was almost at the max of what the truck can do with the tire pressure I have set with the camper (Nitto Mud Grapplers at 65 psi). Low range, 4WD, and granny gear was needed. IT was a little sketch actually. :)

Olallie is about 50 miles outside of Estacada. Probably the most remote area in NW or Central Oregon. No service for 30 of those miles.

There was 6-8 inches on the shady sections of the last mile of the road. Looked like maybe 2 other people had made it the day before. And we went in at 9pm. Coplin family hardcore. :)

Here's our site on the lake at Camp Ten campground. We were the only people on the lake, and there are 3 campgrounds and a resort with cabins. Perfect.
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Our table was melted out:
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The neighboring site's wasn't.
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Hours of wet biking and hiking.
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Breakfast
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Letting momma stay warm.
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We came back out the next morning to meet some friends that wouldn't be too happy to slide into trees. Most of the road was pretty easily drivable. Just need clearance and low range.
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 Post subject: Re: Olallie Lake camping
PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2015 7:06 pm 
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Waited on the main road, riding our bikes around.
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Our friend made it with her two kids, we got a great spot at Olallie Meadows at the cabin. A lot drier made for less mess in the camper!
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It was around 30 degrees at night, our friend in a trooper, just her and her two toddlers. I brought up my MR Buddy Heater for them.
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We spent two days there. Gave me some good hiking time. I took the black lab up hiking up to June, Brook, and Reed lakes, and tried to make it the 4 miles up to Ollalie, but the snow was too much.
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 Post subject: Re: Olallie Lake camping
PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2015 7:30 pm 
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BTW, this is our 5th trip since March. I love having the truck camper. For us, and the way we camp, it's perfect.


Also, if you have some recommendations for some out of the way places my truck can get to around Rainier or St Helens, we need a place for next weekend.

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 Post subject: Re: Olallie Lake camping
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 Post subject: Re: Olallie Lake camping
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 Post subject: Re: Olallie Lake camping
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Wow man, that looks amazing!

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 Post subject: Re: Olallie Lake camping
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Great trip and pictures. The only thing I would recommend is to throw a canoe on that camper. Those lakes are begging to be paddled. Though, it looks like you've got everything else nailed.

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 Post subject: Re: Olallie Lake camping
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I love that area though I've never been there early in the year. Great pictures! :rock:

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