A Family Dayhike in the GYE

Jackson

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August 5, 2017

The area immediately to the NW of West Yellowstone has been special to my family for a few generations now. This report is from one of their favorite spots up there.

@Jessica and I were visiting my grandparents at their cabin near Cameron, and we went on this 8-mile hike with my grandpa, my uncle, and my cousin. The wildflowers were still in bloom, and aside from three guys on horses and 2 very nice mountain bikers (who weren't supposed to be on the trail), we had the place entirely to ourselves.

This was the first trip where I used my Pixel to take all the photos. Unfortunately, I forgot to turn off the automatic HDR setting.

We started in the woods, and they were pretty thick, so I didn't take any pictures. Eventually, the trail comes into a large meadow that goes on for a few miles. Great views all around.





We came across a SNOTEL site. We were able to deduce what most of the equipment there measured, but some is still a mystery to us. I should've taken more pictures of it.


We also saw some bear sign, but it was all quite old. I should've put my hand in this photo for scale. We're unsure whether it was grizzly or black. There doesn't seem to be a ton of curve to it, but I don't really know anything.


The views behind us got even better as we got farther up.



We could tell when we were getting close to the lake.


And then we got there.


There are some beautiful large mountains in this range, and we could see them from the lake.


We spent an hour or so at the lake eating lunch and enjoying ourselves.

The walk back was nice.


What a fantastic place.
 

Perry

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Beautiful up there! Thanks for sharing.


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Jackson

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Looks kind of smoky in the distance or was it the camera setting?
It was really smoky that entire week because of fires farther up in Montana. The day we went for the hike fortunately was the least smoky, but visibility was still very reduced.
 
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