3 day, about 25ish mile backpacking in Sept??
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My partner and I are heavy in to training for a Grand Canyon rim to rim hike in October. While we're experienced hikers, we're new to backpacking! (Only 1 trip so far!) We thought getting in 'canyon length' backpacking trip (25 miles give or take; 4500 total gain) over three days w/pack on would be good training . . . and great to get one more backpacking in before it gets too cold! Ideally, not to far out of Portland (2-3 hr max). And although Eagle Creek sounds great. . . being away from crowds is a high priority. (Not sure how it would be mid Sept?)
Ideas or Input sought and thanks in advance!