Hiking Grand Teton National Park: A Guide to the Park's Greatest Hiking Adventures

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This is the authoritative guide to all hiking trails?from short, easy day trips to multi-day backcountry adventures?in Grand Teton National Park, famous for its rugged beauty, abundant wildlife and spectacular mountain vistas. Located in western Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park is one of America's true wilderness gems.Look inside to find:? Hikes suited to every ability? Difficulty ratings, fees/permits, and best hiking seasons ? A trail finder to help find just the right hike for you ? Invaluable trip-planning ...
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This is the authoritative guide to all hiking trails—from short, easy day trips to multi-day backcountry adventures—in Grand Teton National Park, famous for its rugged beauty, abundant wildlife and spectacular mountain vistas. Located in western Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park is one of America's true wilderness gems.Look inside to find:• Hikes suited to every ability• Difficulty ratings, fees/permits, and best hiking seasons • A trail finder to help find just the right hike for you • Invaluable trip-planning information• Full-color photos throughout• Full-color GPS-compatible maps of each trail• GPS coordinates for all trailheads and backcountry campsitesFor more than thirty years, FalconGuides® have set the standard for outdoor guidebooks. Written by top experts, each guide invites you to experience the adventure and beauty of the outdoors.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762772551
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Series: Regional Hiking Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 211,828
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Schneider has spent forty years hiking trails all across America. During college in the mid-1960s, he worked on a trail crew in Glacier National Park and became a hiking addict. He spent the 1970s publishing the Montana Outdoors magazine for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks while covering as many miles of trails as possible on weekends and holidays. In 1979 Bill and his partner, Mike Sample, founded Falcon Publishing. Since then, he has written twenty books and hundreds of magazine articles on wildlife, outdoor recreation, and conservation issues. Bill has also taught classes on bicycling, backpacking, zero-impact camping, and hiking in bear country for the Yellowstone Institute, a nonprofit educational organization in Yellowstone National Park. In 2000 Bill retired from his position as president of Falcon Publishing (now part of The Globe Pequot Press) after it had grown into the premier publisher of outdoor recreation guidebooks with more than 800 titles in print. He now lives in Helena, Montana with his wife, Marnie, and works as a publishing consultant and freelance writer. For more details, go to www.billschneider.net.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments x

Introduction: Hiking America's Most Famous Wilderness Skyline 1

Planning Your Trip 2

Using This Guide 7

Zero Impact 9

Make It a Safe Trip 11

Be Bear Aware 15

Be Aware of Mountain Lions, Too 21

Trail Finder 23

Map Legend 26

The Hikes

Teton Village Area 27

1 Phelps Lake 28

2 LSR Preserve Small Loop 32

3 LSR Preserve Big Loop 37

4 Marion Lake 44

5 Rendezvous Mountain and Granite Canyon 48

6 Death Canyon and the Mount Hunt Divide 52

7 The Teton Crest 59

Jenny Lake Area 67

8 Leigh Lake 68

9 String Lake 72

10 Moose Ponds 76

11 Taggart Lake 79

12 Bradley Lake 82

13 Garnet Canyon 85

14 Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes 88

15 Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes 92

16 Jenny Lake 95

17 Holly Lake 100

18 Cascade Canyon 104

19 Lake Solitude 107

20 Valley Trail 111

21 Paintbrush Divide 115

22 The Grand Teton Loop 120

Colter Bay and Jackson Lake Lodge Area 128

23 Lakeshore Trail 129

24 Lunch Tree Hill 132

25 Christian Pond 135

26 Swan Lake and Heron Pond 138

27 Willow Flats 142

28 Lookout Rock 146

29 Hermitage Point 149

30 Grand View Point 153

31 Two Ocean Lake 156

32 Signal Mountain 159

33 Emma Matilda Lake 163

North Trails Area 167

34 Glade Creek 168

35 Elk Ridge 172

36 Jackass Pass 176

37 Moose Basin Divide 181

Preserving Grand Teton National Park 185

Afterword: The Value of Guidebooks 186

Hike Index 188

About the Author 189

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2015


    Echoflight finds herself following Seafire, because he seemed to be leading the patrol. She looked around, the sound of water roaring in the near distance. She shook her head, knowing RainClan could never live there. She liked how the sky was in veiw though. Echoflight padded into where the camp could be, nodding. "Maybe for SandClan." She answered Seafire's question, looking at the areas where dens could be built, where thr high log might be located, just about everything. Suddenly, she imagines the place complete, with dens and all. Cats shared tounges and the black and gray she imagined what it would be like to see a hunting patrol come in. Kits could be seen playing in her imagination. Echoflight shook her head, flicking her ears and dissmissig the images. *Not for me, or my brother, or the rest of RainClan.* The Rainclan representitive thought. But for some reason, this was much better than the forests. She scrunched up her face, confused on why her paws felt so at home. *This isn't right. My home is the mountains.* she reminded herself as she turned to go to their next destination. However, the RainClan warrior found herself glancing back at the territory of what could possibly be SandClan's. "The mountains are my home. They always will be." she whispered under her breath.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2015


    He pads onto the soon to be Sandclan territory, and grins. He had only seen Sandclan's territory from a distance, but this seemed right. It also seemed to match what little information he knew about Sandclan cats. River with fish for prey, check. High log for announcements, check. He could even see places where dens could be built! There were plenty of sheltered place for the dens, and a few extra places for eelaxing for a prey pile. Sure, it would need work, that was expected. But this was almost perfect. He turns to the rest of his group. "What'a think guys?" (Sorry if this has mistakes, too lazy to check for them.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2015


    He padded through, sniffing everything. He frowned at the marshy ground. There were also strange plants and a scent he had never smelled before. Whatever it was, it was a predator. The pace also smelled fishy with ponds around. *Nice for Riverclan* H tehought andheaded back to the butte.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2015


    When Lilywolf finally lets go, Bailey slowly rises, feeling a slight bit of regret inside at her pain, but admitting the truth is not an option. As she walks away and gives her message to Goldenstar, the white shecat nods once and watches her until she is gone. At least now when Goldenstar returns she will have him to herself. He would get over her eventually, and she'd be there when he did. Licking the stream of blood that leaks from her muzzle, Bailey pads back the way she'd come to go find Goldenstar.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2015


    The SandClan warrior sniffed the border for anything suspicious. Finding it only lingering with SandClan scent, he re-marked the border & began to pad off, but stopped in his tracks & glanced over his shoulder at the NorthClan border. Wolfclaw silently wondered if HawkClan would turn out to be the great & powerful Clan everyone believed in- that /he/ believed in. *I just hope Hawkstar gets it up & running soon. I can hardly wait.* With that, he continued on his path back to campm

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2015

    |Sandclan's Border|

    The land directly around Slo

    |Sandclan's Border| <br />

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    The land directly around Slough Creek is a rich marshland with ponds scattered nearby. There are virtually no trees here with only a single spruce growing along the creek and a couple more growing by a pond near the Rainclan border. Grasses, sedge, rush, forb, thistle, and various shrubs make up much of this wet area with dandelions mixed with Nelson larkspur, contrasting yellow with purple. The Gathering Butte rises up amidst this territory but it is owned by no one. The creek itself is full of cutthroat trout with the occasional foreign rainbow trout. Frogs and salamanders are also at home in the rippling water. There are also various kinds of land prey here including shrews, mice, muskrats, voles, ravens, snipes, sparrows, warblers, yellowthroats, and dippers. Beavers, raccoons, otters, striped skunks, and sandhill cranes may also spend time here though they are rarer. Herds of bison and elk walk along the moss lined, pebbled banks of the creek while lone moose wade through it in search of the plants they feed on. But these rich waters also attract more deadly creatures. Grizzly bears visit here more frequently than in other places, feeding on the trout. Bald eagles and osprey also join the feast while more land based hunters like wolves, coyotes, foxes, and black bears stalk through the marshes. Even the elusive bobcat can sometimes be spotted here. Overall this is a rich land where the cats who love the freshness of water and the beauty it holds can live.
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    Hey everyone! Just clarifying the borders of each clan with a little narrative. All of this information has been researched to exact detail. I could even put specie names but that would be too confusing. So please stick to the animals and plants you see on the list for your territory (besides herbs and birds). For example, there are no other fish species beside cutthroat trout and invasive rainbow trout in Slough Creek so no one should be fishing out perch or salmon. Remember to patrol your borders daily and attack another clan by posting here and then at their camp. Feel free to have a border crisis now and again to spice things up! <br />

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    ~ Sandclan's Border: Lilywolf, Original Pact Clan Organizer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2015


    Lilywolf stands snarling over Bailey as she speaks, her tears dripping down onto her white fur. She is fighting within herself as the kittypet's hurtful words continue to flow. The tabby just can't believe it. It would go against everything she has ever thought about her mate. As Bailey goes on to claim her superiority, the tabby's heart plummets farther and farther. It feels like with each word she is being stabbed in the back by her love. "Fires don't die when it comes to love! Not our love! You have no idea what I have sacrified for him! My leadership, my dignity, my life! All because we love each other and that is what mates do! He has done the same and he wouldn't just throw that away on some pretty piece of dandelion fluff!" Lilywolf is again hardset on ending the white shecat's life when it hits her. Goldenstar's scent billows from Bailey like smoke. The deputy hasn't smelled it in so long that at first all she can do is breathe it in. Everything Goldenstar stands for: safety, courage, comfort, loyalty, gentleness, hope, but mostly love comes rushing back to her. For a brief moment Lilywolf's heart feels slightly better and she closes her ice blue eyes. "Goldenstar..." However the scent is now tainted with Bailey's and she cringes as she considers the possibility she doesn't wish to accept. What if Bailey is speaking the truth? It is obvious they have been close to each other recently. With a shudder she stares down at the shecat below her claws. Though her brain can't comprehend why Goldenstar would ever love this shecat she knows that if he does she cannot take her away from him. Lilywolf loves Goldenstar too much for that. If he has moved on to a new mate and started a new family and life without her, then she won't destroy his happiness. Slowly, as if the process is burning through her pelt, the tabby backs off of Bailey and her snarl fades. "He... he really left me..." She thinks, feeling crushed by the sorrow that floods through her. "Goldenstar doesn't love me... he broke his promise. The one cat I trusted above all others..." With a sob, the shecat hangs her head and looks away from Bailey. "Go..." She whispers, utterly broken. "And... and tell Goldenstar that I love him and... and that I just want him to be happy..." Lilywolf can barely get the words out, her emotions choking her. Without another word the deputy turns and begins heading in the opposite direction, following the creek downstream. With each step the realization of meaning nothing to Goldenstar increases and with a wail, she bolts blindly away, unable to bare the pain while all the while she thinks, "He doesn't love me!" ~ Lilywolf &hearts

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