9 Mile Trail, Yellowstone

Pringles

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I hope to be able to edit this with a device with a keyboard. If I say something odd, blame autocorrect.

I had some new friends who needed a shuttle so they could do the Thorofare. It ended up that I could hike down to their first campsite with them, so I did. They were coming from a different direction, so the deal was that I would start when I got to the trailhead and they would start later.

The trip started at the 9 Mile Trailhead. I'd been there often, watching bears. There are two bears that frequent this area, both grizzlies, and they were foremost on my mind on this whole hike. I yelled a lot, and loudly. Of course, I didn't see any Grizzlies.

This is the view from Lake Butte Overlook. I would be going to Park Point, which is 6 miles down the shore, on the left.

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A lot of the trail went through an area that had burned in 2010 or 11, based on what I had read. The were views of the lake [Yellowstone Lake] through all the downed trees. From experience, I knew that seeing grizzly bears among the downed trees could be hard. I kept my eyes open and yelled a lot.

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It was a nice day for hiking. The sun was out and it would have been hot, but the wind was blowing actively.

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Much of the first portion of the trip was in the open, like this.

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The were some wooded areas, but not a lot.

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There were to be two steam crossings. Both were in wooded ravines. I don't like water crossings, but the first was not a big deal. I got both feet wet, because I didn't want to take a chance of slipping, but it was inconsequential.

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The second stream was bigger. It, like the first one, was a bit less than knee deep, but it was wider, and the bottom looked to be covered in slick moss. I took it slow, and had no problems. As a matter of fact, I didn't think about it again until I did it on the return trip the next day.

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More dead trees.

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The last mile or so was in trees, and involved climbing and descending a hill. The little meadow on the left was very near the campsite.

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This is the view just as you get to the campsite.

Oooooo.

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Between the two trees, you see The Promontory.

The lake was throwing a snit. I used to live by Lake Superior, and love watching an angry lake. This so reminded me of Superior.

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I hung my food and looked over the camp kitchen. Nice location, and the wind sure kept the mosquitoes away.

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My tent offered a nice view.

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The lake was choppy. I got water and went back up to the campsite.

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The Tetons peeked over the horizon.

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My friends arrived in time to eat and set up camp and share stories.

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It's amazing when a special place gets more special.

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And then doubles down.

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The next morning the sky was pink and the moon was still high.

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My friends and I headed back to the trail together, but at the intersection, they headed south, while I headed north.

I retraced my steps, actually enjoying the two steam crossings, and eating some whortle berries that my friends described to me. They were quite good.

I saw this eagle, but that was really the only wildlife I saw. I picked up the couple at the South Entrance a week later. I got there just a touch after they had forded the Snake River. It was wonderful listening to their stories, as we worked our way back their car.

I hope to go back to Park Point, and maybe further. I sure loved camping by the lake...

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Really cool shots of the lake through all the snags. Looks like an awesome stretch of trail!
 
Thanks for the report. I really like your first shot from the overlook which gives a really nice perspective of the eastern side of the lake.
 
Thanks Scatman. I always love your reports. They’re so much more adventuresome than mine. I’m happy with the things I see, though.
 
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