Grand Teton National Park Adventures

The Teton Range
Nerding it up with the Teton Range

Recently I was able to visit Grand Teton National Park just south of Yellowstone with my parents. We did lots of hiking while we visited over my weekend and I hope to share some photos and stories of the hiking we did! First I just want to share a few cool things I saw or enjoyed while visiting.

Finding a campsite took a bit of time since most of the campgrounds are first come first serve. We got there a little too early for most people to even be up and eating breakfast yet!
Our original plan was to get a campsite at Jenny Lake, but as we pulled in we decided that was a bad plan. The campground is quite small and the road through is very narrow. Only tent camping is allowed, but it kinda felt like the campsites were one on top of another. We quickly got out of there and made our way to Signal Mountain campground. We found a great spot that had one neighbor on the side and lots of trees surrounding us.

I really enjoyed the idea of re-using and sharing hiking poles and sticks!
While I was given Bear Spray to wear when I left my apartment here, my father carries a rather large knife when he hikes in bear country. 😉

WP_20140812_13_33_10_ProA visitor decided they needed to share their opinion about stapling small pheromone pouches to the trees. As a visitor myself, I feel the need to also express my opinion about why I don’t agree with them. It is true that the trees could get small infections from the tiny staple holes but the trees probably won’t die from it.
However, if the tree gets infected by the mountain pine beetle it will die. As will the Whitebark Pine trees around it.

One of the things I really wanted to do was find a river and go looking at rocks! Its something my Mom and I could do for hours or even all day! I enjoy wading, skipping rocks, and finding neat looking rocks. Before we went to this spot along the Gros Ventre River outside of Grand Teton National Park; there was a couple of people fishing. It looks like they weren’t too careful with the trout above because Dad found it floating in the water. Nothing upsets a fisherman more than finding a ‘just died’ fish because someone wasn’t careful removing the hook. Of course, it was probably by accident; still sad though.

I found a new flower! One I had not seen before.
Prince’s Pine

Coming up throughout the week. Pictures from our hikes in Cascade Canyon, up to Amphitheater Lake, and Phelps Lake.

3 Replies to “Grand Teton National Park Adventures”

  1. Great photos, especially the wildflowers.

    I saw a lot of those pheromone pouches in other parks in the northwest a couple of weeks ago, and I agree with you about their use. Better to see pouches stapled to trees than see vast swaths of dead pines.

    I’m not a fan of first-come-first-served campgrounds. I got to Glacier at 11 am two weeks ago and was lucky to find a spot at Avalanche Creek. It was nuts. Even North Cascades was packed…I didn’t get there until 4 pm but was still surprised to find Newhalem Creek was the only campground with any open spots. It’s pretty stressful trying to locate a campsite for the night knowing there’s no other lodging option available for 50 miles or more in any direction. I would love to see more reservable campsites at national parks.

    Looks like you’re having a great time out there, and I look forward to seeing more. My wife and I are finally going to make it out to Grand Teton and Yellowstone next week, and we’re pretty excited.

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    1. The camping situation is definitely frustrating. In Yellowstone 5 out of the 12 campgrounds are reservable. I hate having to tell people that we are all full and they have to look outside the park. Thankfully there are some entrances that have small towns right on the border of the park.

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  2. If camping is your thing, try Loon Lake off of Ashton-Flagg Ranch Road. We stayed there for a week back in 1990 and never saw another soul. Actually we did see a bunch of people on the far side of the lake (dude ranch folks), but they were far enough away that we couldn’t hear them.

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