Christine and I decided to check out the mysteriously named Lake 22 this weekend.
The hike to the lake combines the best of mountain rainforests, old-growth, wetlands, and mountain views, yet it is readily accessible. Well sort of. The hike itself is generally pretty straightforward but incredibly rocky. Tricky footing and pointy rocks left our feet in need of a serious break by the time we reached our destination.
The views were stunning. Photos make this place look small but the lake is huge and deep with crystal clear waters. You can easily see to the bottom, some 20 feet down (probably more). And the lake itself is surrounded by a gentle path that takes you right up to the base of the surrounding mountains. We stopped a few times to rest our feet and also explore the snowy fields under the cliffs.
Not a bad place to explore for an afternoon if you ask me! (more…)
This place is amazing. We timed our visit out perfectly and got an awesome wildflower show.
On our visit yesterday we hiked out towards Harry’s Ridge, named for an old man who refused to leave his home when the volcano exploded 37 years ago. Christine and I made it just a little over 2 miles in before we turned back to catch the sunset at Loowit Viewpoint. (more…)
My first backpacking trip happened in one of my favorite parks. I had built up the Tetons in my mind for so many years and yet when I arrived, it still managed to surpass all of my dreams.
Our trip consisted of a simple out and back, overnight trip up Cascade Canyon to a campground about a mile down the South Fork of the Teton Crest Trail. The hike was easy going and the views were spectacular. Along the way we encountered quite a few moose and, what came as a big surprise for me, were the pika. I normally expect to see them at much higher elevation but they were everywhere!