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17 days ago

Gotta be the most gorgeous day hike ever. So glad I did it when I was a bit younger and more in shape.

Once we left Hidden Falls (Sunday afternoon) the amount of people on the trail dropped away significantly, and after 1 1/2 miles saw no one until the first campsite. We camped in the second. Hiked to Phelps Lake the second day. Unbelievably beautiful. The view from the Hurricane Pass looking ESE was one that will remain with me. I consider myself to be lucky to have been there in that moment. It started snowing at Sunset Lake. We were behind schedule, and had intermittent snowfall all the way to the Static Pass. Going down into Death Canyon was glorious in the afternoon sun after the cold, snow, and wind we had just been through. Camped at Phelps Lake. I was grateful for the flatness the majority of the way to the intersection with the Amphitheater Lake Trail the next day. Saw a black bear just off the trail first thing in the morning hiking back up to the main trail from our campsite.The hike up to Amphitheater and Sunset Lakes was a good workout. It was just below freezing when we got in about 4pm and there was snow on the ground. The water in my bottle was partially frozen the next morning. It was all down hill and flat back to Jenny Lake.

Beautiful and very challenging hike. Contrary to what the listing notes, this is a better point to point hike than an out and back. I would recommend doing it as a day hike over backpacking after doing it both ways.

on Highline Trail

1 month ago

This is a fantastic hike - great views! Worth the detour to take the trail up to the glacier overlook (worth the steep trek). Highly recommend you retrace your steps after you get to the lodge - we made the mistake of ignoring other hikers’ advice and the last 4 miles to the road were the worst hiking ever - dusty, hot, biting flies and dodging mule dung, (no views) and then waiting an hour to get a shuttle (no seats on the 5 that passed by). Other than that this was the best day in the park! Wish we had time to do it twice!

so sick

Awesome backcountry camping!

backpacking
1 month ago

amazing trip... 4 days/ 5 nights. started at top of tram. Fox Creek Pass first night. Alaska Basin Lakes next night, with dayhikes in the area. (possible day trip to static peak - i recommend if you are up to it!), the next day we did a day trip to table mountain from hurricane pass. we went off trail up this steep slope of rocks. kind of sketchy. took my breath away being my 3rd day at this high elevation (from ATL - sealevel), we camped at South Fork Cascade Canyon. awesome views. this last campsite was stellar. Then we camped at Outlier the last night. decent views of jenny lake looking down paintbrush canyon. Next time i would try to camp at North Fork Cascade. and possibly at holly lake so we could try to do a daytrip to grizzly lake. amazing trail and the best mountains in the lower 48!

Titcomb basin at the end of this trail is one of my favorite areas in the Bridger Wilderness. Nice views along the way. It's a great place to spend a few days exploring or fishing

backpacking
1 month ago

An absolutely amazing hike. We did this over 4 days / 3 nights, starting at the top of Rendezvous Mountain and camping on the Death Canyon Shelf, South Fork of Cascade Canyon and Lower Paintbrush. Some of the ascents are challenging, but the views are unparalleled.

23mi 9h52m. unsure I'd recommend the deathmarch day trip to others! but doable. ascent up twins toughest part, plus return to bond from bondcliff. view of Whitewall and Zealand falls best part of later section. lend a hand thankfully mellow. warden's trail easy to follow, possible large bear in area.

on Highline Trail

hiking
1 month ago

As a 69-year-old flatlander on my second day, I went only from Logan Pass to the Haystack- Mt Gould gap and return (Sep 3). Skies were mostly cloudy and there was smoke in the valleys. Even with that, this stretch is very scenic and fun. The cliff portions are wide and not scary. I intended to climb Haystack Butte, but lacked the energy and the trail did not look official or maintained.

1 month ago

Love it... absolutely love it. Don't miss the strenuous hike to the top of Grinell glacier, that's the icing on the cake.

Cool hike! I did something similar in a single day but instead went all the way to granite canyon, and also did avalanche divide. It's a hard hike - probably in the 35ish miles, but well worth it! The trick is to not do the valley - instead I was able to hitchhike from granite to jenny lake fairly easily.

The view from Bondcliff is in my opinion one of the most magnificent in the Whites. The only possible negative would be the long flat approach. Miles of abandoned logging railway could be monotonous, if you only focus on the peak. You could bike the first 3 miles, many people do. A short excursion, at the first river crossing, to Franconia Falls is worth the time if you can spare it. Once off the railway check the weather. The gradual incline up the ridge is marked by many river crossings and trails that become fast moving streams with no alternative to avoid wet feet during a downpour. Not dangerous, just bring a change of socks. The final climb is a relatively easy, non technical, rock scramble. The reward is more than worth the effort. If you plan on camping, there is currently a zealous black bear which has been damaging equipment. With the fall coming, he is likely to become more of a nuisance, so make noise and use the bear boxes, or hike in to 13 falls or Guyot, no problem at these. Also the bridge at the 3 mile point, spanning Franconia Brook is I believe ‘technically ‘ closed. It is still functional but at some point you may need to find another way to cross.

hiking
2 months ago

Personally Island lake is way better than any hike in the wind river area. Its easy, theres a ton to do, and the views are breath taking. I brought a rod and fished part of the day and hooked up with some cutthroats.

hiking
2 months ago

One of the prettiest places I've ever been. fairly easy hike with some steep areas, but nothing to be afraid of. When I went their were tons of mosquitos. The fishing is good if you have the patience for them. overall, I would recommend this as one of the best places to go in the US.

backpacking
2 months ago

This is an awesome trail with great scenery and lots of wildlife. There is a lot of elevation change, so it is best done as a multi-day backpacking trip. In the mountains, the weather can change rapidly, so be prepared for sun, rain, or snow. Wildflowers bloom like crazy in August, so that is a great time to go! Here is a full report of the backpacking trip I did along the Teton Crest Trail this year (lots of pics, maps, and other info): https://backpackersreview.wordpress.com/trip-reports/teton-crest-trail/

on Highline Trail

2 months ago

Beautiful views!

backpacking
2 months ago

The sunrises that you will see is something that you won’t forget
You have to make sure that you are camping in the right spots so you won’t get in trouble
The Alaska basin is super beautiful and doable for day one and you don’t have to pay for that, we were headed south bound.
If you want more photos or want to ask questions you can contact me through insta @j.wwest

on Highline Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail. I did this 1st week of July, 2018 and got to Logans pass around 6 a.m. You have to if you plan to park there. On trail mostly in solitude. Great views. There was still snow, but that was fine. If (or when) I return to Glacier I will do this again. I went to the chalet, then turned around to the glacier hike, then hiked back to Logans Pass. People that asked seemed stupefied, but I did not want to hike down to the Loop. It was stupendous and wonderful.

Did the single day point-to-point with 2 staged cars. The weather and wind is no joke, even if all seems calm at the trailhead. Beautiful views, especially along Monticello’s lawn. Perfect time to do it, first weekend of August. Started at 5am.

I was not expecting so many dogs on the trails. Lincoln Woods is like a dog park trail which gets a five star rating from Bring Fido. The Bondcliff Trail 25 % of the hikers had dogs and where planing to camp at Guyot with them. I have hiked over in Mount Washington area and and have never encountered so many dogs. The dogs paws get shredded on the rocks and the dogs ruin the hiking experience for me. I don't like to hike ten miles and have dogs running around the summit barking at one another and barking at me.. I normally would drink the water on the way but with dogs defecating on the trail and in the woods near the rivers it ruins the drinking water. So if you have a dog five stars to drag him up the mountain. Two Stars for the non dog hiking population as it appears like a heavily used dog park. Very poor policy for such an incredible area.

Good luck

hiking
2 months ago

Incredible trail. If crowds bother you, get there before 6am.

Beginning portion is awesome. Black flies on the trail were definitely a nuisance. Decent view of Mt Olympus at a couple points.

hiking
2 months ago

Unreal trip, bugs were nowhere to be found which was great, didn't even bother putting deet on. Got a great spot at island lake for the night. Wish i would've done two nights on the trail, maybe another night on Seneca Lake? Was a little busier than i expected for a Monday.

backpacking
2 months ago

Started in Elkhart Park (yes, parking lot is packed) on August 11th and hiked to Seneca Lake as we got a later start than anticipated. The next day we hiked into the basin. Yes, the trail is pretty busy up to Island Lake. Once you get past Island Lake, there are less and less people. The farther into the basin you go, the more secluded you become. We would see less than half a dozen people per day. We spent a good while looking for a nice spot with some wind block (we found it to be nearly impossible to accomplish this) but we hiked all the way to the uppermost lake in the basin and found a great spot. There are multiple great spots if you hike to the very beginning of the last lake by the cascading waterfall. We had a hard time finding a big enough boulder to hang our food but got it done. Titcomb Basin is magical. We decided to stay an extra day because we didn’t want to leave. The wind can be pretty bad and we had one day where it was relentless. Some people nearby couldn’t keep their tent up and ultimately slept outside in their sleeping bags on a pretty chilly night. There were mosquitos but they weren’t as bad as we expected and we never had to use nets or anything. We hiked back out on August 15th. We did hike out in one day which is doable but don’t underestimate it. It may seem like little elevation gain but it’s constant ups and downs that can wear a person out. Can’t wait to get back here someday...it’s unreal!

hiking
2 months ago

tons of wildlife

Just completed a single day Presi Traverse with my brother in law. we are moderate hikers who do one bigger backpacking trip each August. we started at Appalachia trailhead @ 4:15am and took valley way up to Madison hut. At 6:15 we dropped our day packs and did the out and back to Mt Madison. we tagged Adams & Jefferson before stopping for lunch at Washington at about 11:15. we took a much needed 75 min lunch break and leg rest and we're back on the trail by 1230. we skipped Franklin but tagged Monroe, Eisenhower Pierce before finally exiting the forest at 5:50pm. great, but difficult day!

backpacking
2 months ago

Late July-early August flowers are indescribably beautiful. Began at String/Leigh trailhead, 8 nights: 1. Bradley Lake, 2. Phelps Lake 3. Hiked to tram then to Marion Lake 4. Death Canyon Shelf 5. Alaska Basin 6. North Fork 7. Holly Lake 8. Leigh Lake. Best itinerary ever, lots of time to explore and photo.

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hiking
2 months ago

Outstanding! Hiked from the trailhead at Elkhardt Park to Titcomb Basin from August 16-22, 2018. Weather was absolutely perfect and the scenery/landscape some of the most picturesque throughout the country.

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