I arrived in Jackson Hole on Wednesday night. On Thursday morning started hiking around Jenny Lake in the Grand Teton National Park. Dad and Paul are happy to start hiking and warm up from the cold night.
The first of many marmonts that we would see.
He was not camera shy
Hidden Falls located on the far side of Jenny Lake.
There was lots of flowers
The clouds started to form. The Grand Teton is hidden in the clouds.
View from Inspiration Point overlooking Jenny Lake.
Say good bye to the mountains for the day!
A black marmont
The river between String and Jenny Lakes. It started to rain on us, so we cut our hike short and returned to the camp site.
The next morning we packed up and headed to Yellowstone. We got a permit to do a backpack along the Black Canyon of the Yellowstone River. View on our drive to the trailhead.
The fresh snow fall made all the mountains look good.
More snow covered mountains.
Orange Spring Mound. The mineral deposits formed this 10 foot high mound.
Orange Spring Mound
Getting ready for the backpack in. We went do the Blacktail Trail to the Yellowstone River where we set up camp. It was about 4.5 miles to our base camp.
Hiking in on Blacktail Trail.
Working down to the Yellowstone River
First view of the Yellowstone River.
A bridge made for an easy crossing
Looking downstream from the bridge.
This is the side canyon that we hiked along to get down to the river.
Since we still had plenty of day light after setting up camp, we decide to walk downstream along the Yellowstone heading towards the town of Gardner and into the narrower section of the Black Canyon of the Yellowstone.
Lots of yellow flowers were seen.
The trail got above the river floor which made for good views.
One of the many rapids along the river.
The next day we hiked up river to the junction with the Hellroaring River. This is Cresent Lake and was really close to our camp site.
The hike started out level and followed close to the river.
Paul with some Elk antlers. Must have been a big Elk!
Crossing a side stream
As we continued downstream we started to climb above the river and soon had a good view down.
These are some really big ones.
Looking down on the Hellroaring river. It empties into the Yellowstone River just down stream.
Junction of the Hellroaring and the Yellowstone Rivers
The water was cold but refreshing
Hiking back to camp. Almost to the top of the hill and then it is all down hill the rest of the way!
The tree grew around the antler.
Camp is all packed up and after two nights in the back country we are ready to head out and get a shower.
Heading back to the car.
We drove into the Lamar Valley in search of wolves. All we saw were Bison.
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Lower Falls on the Yellowstone River
Close up of the falls.
On the way to Old Faithful we stopped at the Lower Geyser Basin and took a couple mile hike to explore the area.
There were lots of Bison on this hike.
I had a close encounter with this one. Luckily he did not charge.
Some geyser mounds
The firehole River. With all the hotsprings empting into it, the water temperate was not too cold in the river.
We saw this bear on our way to Old Faithful. He is digging under a log to look for food.
There was a lot of other people also looking at the bear.
Old Faithful Lodge
What time does she blow?
Old Faithful getting ready to blow. Unfortunately the light and cloud cover was not good for the pictures.
The next day we went on a nice hike to check out Shoshone and Lewis Lakes
Ranger Cabin. Not open for the season yet.
Typical backcountry camping area.
Group shot along the Lewis River.
Outlet into Lewis Lake
View from Lewis Lake looking towards the Tetons.
Last view of the lake as the trail went back into the woods.
The last mile of trail was wet in places.
On the drive back to the Tetons we got the only cloudless veiw of the range during the whole trip. The Grand Teton stands mighty.
Teton range with Jackson Lake in front.
Mount Moran with Jenny Lake near our campsite.
The next day we hiked up to Amphitheater Lake from the Lupine Meadows trailhead.
View of Bradley Lake on our way up.
On the way up we encountered this Blue Grouse doing a mating dance.
Bradley and Taggart Lakes.
Jenny Lake and Jackson Lake
About a mile before the lake, we hit the snow line.
The lakes were still frozen over. This is Suprise Lake, just below Amphitheater Lake
Not a good day to summit!
The last day we hiked around Bradley and Taggart Lakes before my flight home. The lower saddle and a cloud covered Grand Teton.
Looking up at the lower saddle.
Avalanche Canyon and Bradley Lake
Buck Mountain (?)