Lunch Tree Hill

The splendid view from the lawn of Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park looks across Willow Flats and Jackson Lake up to the stately Tetons. A short trail heads up Lunch Tree Hill to the north which only improves the view as you travel through the sagebrush. Jackson Lake Lodge has an incredible[…]

Jenny Lake Loop

While not the largest lake in Grand Teton National Park, Jenny Lake is the most loved. The walk around the lake makes it obvious why. This crystal clear lake is backdropped by the jagged Tetons, features a wonderful overlook, a waterfall, and a pond that is popular with moose. A perfect bluebird morning greeted us[…]

South Fork Cascade Canyon to Hurricane Pass and Avalanche Divide

The trail that runs up the gorgeous South Fork Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton National Park leads you to a gorgeous basin with Schoolroom Glacier. From there, you have the choice of heading up to Hurricane Pass, passing the glacier, or up to Avalanche Divide with wonderful views down into Avalanche Canyon. We arrived early[…]

Paintbrush Divide Loop through Paintbrush Canyon and Cascade Canyon

The loop through Paintbrush Divide in Grand Teton National Park travels through the gorgeous Paintbrush Canyon and Cascade Canyon. From the wooded shores of String Lake to the rocky alpine heights of Paintbrush Divide, the views, including those of Grand Teton, are are varied and breathtaking. The air was cool and crisp as we got[…]

Gunsight Lake and Florence Falls

I visited Gunsight Lake in 2014 as part of a memorable 20 mile day hike that took us to Gunsight Pass, Lake Ellen Wilson, Lincoln Pass, Sperry Chalet, and out to Lake McDonald Lodge. So when some of my girlfriends invited me to hike with them to Gunsight Lake I gladly accepted the invitation to[…]

Hermitage Point with Heron Pond and Swan Lake

Hiking out to Hermitage Point in Grand Teton National Park takes you past Heron Pond and Swan Lake which makes for a wonderful, varied trip to bodies of water on a level trail. You can go to each one or visit all three for a big loop with great birding. We found the trailhead of[…]

String Lake, Leigh Lake, Bearpaw Lake, & Trapper Lake

The chain of lakes at the base of the Tetons beginning with String Lake, then progressing through Leigh Lake and Bearpaw Lake, all the way to Trapper Lakes in Grand Teton National Park is a wonderful level walk with loads of variations for all sorts of hikers. Each lake is unique and can make for[…]

Beula Lake

If you’re looking for a pretty, quiet lake, then Beula Lake in Yellowstone National Park might just be your lake. It’s found in the quiet southwest corner of the park known as the Bechler area. The hike to the lake climbs steeply up to a knoll, then traverses through a lodgepole forest before dropping down to[…]

Terraced Falls

Terraced Falls in Yellowstone National Park is one of the many waterfalls found in the southwest corner of the park known as the Bechler area. The hike to this aptly named waterfall is short, fairly level, and a delight as you follow Cascade Creek, then the Falls River to a wonderful perch overlooking Terraced Falls.[…]

Sky Rim Trail via Specimen Creek

Specimen Creek, one of the larger creeks in the northwestern corner of Yellowstone National Park, is a great way to access the incredible Sky Rim Trail. Pair it with the Black Butte Trail and you have an epic day hike with petrified trees, meadows, forest, a sketchy traverse, views, and a great chance to see[…]