Yellowstone 2008

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So, every year my buddies and I head to Yellowstone to do some camping, hiking and lounging around. We also try to explore new parts of the park and hit up new trails. This particular year we decided to stay in West Yellowstone because we didn't want to cook and clean up in the morning and evening. We stayed at the Pony Express Motel. I like this little dive motel because it's a block from the pub and it's nice on the inside.

Day 1: We left on a Wednesday Morning early so we could stop and see Mesa Falls on the way to West Yellowstone. It's just outside of Island Park on the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway Hwy 47.

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After we arrived in West we got some food, checked in and headed into the park to just drive around and site see. Later in the day we saw this mother grizzly with cubs.
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We decided to head back to town after this and get some food. Day 2: We got up late and headed towards the Lamar Valley. On the way there we stopped by these waterfalls.
Undine Falls
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Wraith Falls
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We decided that we were going to hike to Trout Lake a very short hike to stretch our legs. When we got almost to the lake we saw this tree and decided to do our Tree Hugger photo.
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As we got to the lake the clouds started to look threatening and no sooner than we got to the other side, the fury was unleashed! The wind was so strong that it was snapping trees and actually knocked a large tree over and took the branches off the one side of the big tree we were just under ten minutes earlier. Sorry no pics just wanted to get to safety.

Day 3: This day we got up early and headed towards Canyon to hike to the top of Mt. Washburn. A fairly steep and very busy trail. Wild flowers were abundant!
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Approaching our destination.
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A selfie at the top.
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Yeah i know huge pack. I did that on purpose to try and help my conditioning.
A sheep on the trail.
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Brain Rock on the way down.
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After this we headed over to the Upper Yellowstone Falls.
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Then the Hayden Valley. "Mess with us and I'll gore your ASS!"
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Then we went to Yellowstone Lake and drove to a view point of the lake.
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Day 4: We headed to the south end of the park and hiked to Riddle Lake.
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Our turn around point as this guy was right next to the trail and we didn't dare push our luck.
After we got back to the TH we goofed around and headed back to town in the late aftrenoon.
The next day we headed home to SLC.

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Nice man! Hell of a first trip report! :cool:
Thanks! I was trying to keep it simple i literally could write a book with all the stories and pictures that I have.
 

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These are great! :twothumbs: Keep em coming! I got more areas now that I gotta check out!!! You sure seem to find the bears! I've only seen two in my entire life, both way off in the distance. Love the waterfalls pictures! I definitely gotta hit up Undine and Wraith falls! I love Mesa Falls! I need to go back there now that I have a nicer camera!

Do you guys ever do any fishing while your there?
 
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These are great! :twothumbs: Keep em coming! I got more areas now that I gotta check out!!! You sure seem to find the bears! I've only seen two in my entire life, both way off in the distance. Love the waterfalls pictures! I definitely gotta hit up Undine and Wraith falls! I love Mesa Falls! I need to go back there now that I have a nicer camera!

Do you guys ever do any fishing while your there?
Finding bears is easy! it's all about the time of day most times. Sometimes it's luck, but if you go to certain areas at a particular time you have a better chance of seeing them. Morning & evening of course are best and the grizzlies are usually in the Lamar Valley, Hayden Valley, Pelican Valley and around Mt. Washburn. Black Bears are everywhere and I have seen them all parts of the day. Tower, Lamar, Canyon, Lake, Washburn and on and on. I have not fished there yet, but we are going to do it soon. We have just had so many things we wanted to see we haven't allow time for fishing.
 

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Finding bears is easy! it's all about the time of day most times. Sometimes it's luck, but if you go to certain areas at a particular time you have a better chance of seeing them. Morning & evening of course are best and the grizzlies are usually in the Lamar Valley, Hayden Valley, Pelican Valley and around Mt. Washburn. Black Bears are everywhere and I have seen them all parts of the day. Tower, Lamar, Canyon, Lake, Washburn and on and on. I have not fished there yet, but we are going to do it soon. We have just had so many things we wanted to see we haven't allow time for fishing.
Thanks! The only bears I've seen in Yellowstone was one up by Tower back when I was a kid and the other was in Hayden Valley.

The fishing is probably my favorite thing in Yellowstone! :twothumbs:
 
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Haha, I can so relate to that. We spent 6 days there and I took over 2,000 pictures. It was a great trip!
It's definately not hard to find something worthy of a picture up there. I always take multiple memory cards. wes242 has some awesome pictures if you haven't checked out the link from his post above yet.
 
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