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!
After about 9 miles we found our camp area and picked a great campsite. Just across the stream from our spot, a waterfall poured down from the remaining snow melt high up on the Grand Teton. It provided the perfect soundtrack to put us to sleep that night.
After we woke the next day, we had an easy hike down the canyon to Jenny Lake. Along the way I stopped and took in the views from the other direction. I definitely wasn’t disappointed as you can see in featured picture. Every angle in this place is something else. From there we explored the northern region of the park and eventually made it into Yellowstone for the next leg of our trip.
Photo Facts: July 2012 | ISO 100 | f/4.5 | 1/400 sec