Forest Road 009 in the Teton Canyon, which leads to our campground and lots of trails. It's also part of the Grand Teton Race (GTR) course.
Great view of the Tetons from a parking area along FR 009.
Farther along FR 009, looking toward the Teton Range. The gravel road runs off paved Ski Hill Road east of Alta,, WY.
View of Grand Teton from our campground in the canyon on the west side of the mountain range
Zooming closer . . .
Distinctive "shark's fin" peak of Grand Teton Mtn. (elev. 13,770 feet) as seen from our campsite in Teton Canyon near Alta, WY.
Map of Sue's run-hike to Alaska Basin on the South Teton Creek Trail from the trailhead at the end of FR 009.
Information board at the Teton Canyon trailhead
The first 2.7 miles through the canyon are easy, mostly smooth trail that is great to run or hike.
There were many flowers blooming along the trail today.
The trail wanders through pines and aspens, as well as open meadows.
The trail is always fairly close to South Teton Creek or its tributaries.
There are good views of rock formations and the ridges on either side of the canyon as it slowly climbs from 7,000 feet at the trailhead to 9,546 feet in the high basin.
Views toward the Teton Range in the next few photos
At 2.7 miles you can go right to the Devil's Staircase and Mt. Meek Pass, or left to Alaska Basin, Hurricane Pass, and the Teton Crest Trail. I went left.
Now the trail (sometimes) gets more rocky and steep. It's another 5+ miles to the basin.
Looking back toward the canyon as I climb higher. There are several rock outcroppings with great views along this trail.
Cody and I loved this series of falls with pools of water.
Cody gets a nice little swim.
What a beautiful day! It was sunny on the way up but rained and sleeted about a mile from the finish -- typical mountain weather.
Most of the trail is dirt but you also get to hike or run over rocks scoured by glaciers . . .
. . . and several bog bridges.
Another look back as I climbed higher
Nice meadow near an equestrian camping area. I saw only a few hikers all day, and no horses.
The trail winds through more boulders about half a mile below the basin.
Not far from the headwaters of S. Teton Creek
Nearing the basin, with one of the iconic Teton peaks fairly close now (I'm pretty sure that's South Teton)
One of several Basin Lakes
Juncture with the Teton Crest Trail
I wish I'd had more time to explore this entire basin and beyond. Next time!!
Time to head back down.
Even sure-footed Cody can't balance well on those logs across S. Teton Creek! I just walked through the water both times.
Back in Teton Canyon
This part of the trail is very popular, although you couldn't tell it today.
Some early fall leaf color
Getting close to the trailhead after our run-hike of almost 16 miles. See GTR race album for more trail photos from the Tetons.