Help finding a backpacking loop
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I'm looking for help finding a trail for a 5-day, 4-night backpacking trip. There are four of us, and we have a fair amount of backpacking experience. The hiking starts July 10 and ends the 14th.
The ideal trail would be:
-a loop (we are from DC, renting a car in Portland)
-have total mileage of 25 miles, give or take 5 miles. Day trip possibilities are a bonus.
-be within about a four hour drive of PDX
-have some spectacular views :)
-not TOO overriden with mosquitos, though perhaps this is too much to ask?
I have called some ranger stations and will call others, and also checked out several trail guides. But I wanted to ask here because people seem very friendly and this way I can maybe get some suggestions, do some research, and ask follow up questions, if you don't mind. :) Actually, the way I found this site was that this hike came up when I was googling: http://www.trailsnw.com/index.php?fuseaction=Trails.DisplayTrail&hike num=216
It looks great. Does anyone know if it is snow-free? Is it within Mount Baker/Snoqualmie or Gifford Pinchot?
Thanks for any help, pointers, or other information!