Trips in the USA: Grand Tetons

3 09 2008
Grand Tetons

Grand Tetons

We headed down from Yellowstone to do some backpacking in the Grand Tetons.  We borrowed some bear spray and an extra bear box and got our permits for a 4 night trips through the mountains, along the Teton Crest trail.  We started with nice and sunny weather, hiking through the high alpine lakes and meadows along the southern crest of the Tetons.  We camped our first night on the “Death Canyon” shelf with awesome views over Death Canyon and with the Grand Tetons in the distance. 

wildflowers

wildflowers

The next day we continued along the Crest trail to Meek Mountain pass and then down into the Alaska basin.  Here we stopped for lunch at a nice lake and swam to rinse off a few days worth of grime.  From here we continued up to Sunrise lake, through meadows of vibrant yellow and purple wildflowers.   Next we had to cross the daunting Hurricane Pass, which goes up to 10,500 feet. As the name suggests, it is very windy.  But when we arrived at the top, we were rewarded with awesome views of the Tetons and the massive south cascade canyon.  We hiked down into the basin beneath the massive peaks for a much awaited chance to take off our packs, eat some food and go to bed.

From Hurricane Pass

From Hurricane Pass

The next day was a much shorter hike to Lake Solitude, in the a massive glacial valley.  Here we planned to stay two nights, and do a day hike up to the popular Paintbrush divide.  However, the next day on the way up to  Paintbrush divide, massive thunderstorms came in, bringing rain, hail and lighting.  The lighting started when we were high up in the mountains, very close to the pass.  We saw lighting hit a mountain top on the other side of the valley, and decided it would be best to go down and get out of the rain and hail (and not get fried by lighting).

The last day we hiked out the canyon, and as we descended we found wild raspberries and thimble berries.  All along our hike, we found plenty of huckleberries, mixed in with the prolific wildflowers.

Hurricane Pass

Hurricane Pass

Hurricane Pass

Hurricane Pass

on the trail

on the trail

flowers

flowers

Death Canyon shelf

Death Canyon shelf

fat marmot

fat marmot

on the way out

on the way out

early morning

early morning


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