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    Ashley Struble added sierra nevadas

    3 months ago

    Ashley Struble completed The Incline Trail

    4 months ago

    Ashley Struble completed Chicago Lakes Trail

    4 months ago

    Ashley Struble reviewed The Grand Teton Loop Trail

    4 months ago

    Completed this loop July 21st-23rd 2018. Two nights and about two and half days total hiking, with campsites at South Cascade Fork and Surprise Lake (slight detour). I logged about 40 miles total with the 6 mile total side trip to Surprise/Amphitheater Lakes, so the Alltrails mileage is a bit off.
    A few notes:
    Teton Crest Trail (North to South)- Plenty of amazing campsites along the South Cascade Fork. Two short snowfields left to cross or detour around. Amazing view of the three Tetons from the top of the pass. Crosses into Alaska Basin (National Forest territory), where there is also dispersed camping around Sunset Lake. Wish I would have known that going in but oh well. :)
    Alaska Basin Shelf Trail- This is where it got tricky. There were about 10 large snow fields to cross where there were no decent detour options. Over Buck Mountain Pass you think you're done but oh no, there's a massive steep snow field that wraps around the basin leading up to Static Divide. Spikes and an ice ax would have made my life a lot easier here. Crossed it and a few smaller ones to get up to Static Divide. If you have a spare 15-20 min, go ahead and bag Buck Mountain right off the divide. Gorgeous views, and steep switchbacks with some snowpack left going down.

    All other trails were smooth sailing. Overall, a stunning hike and awesome backpacking experience. Definitely coming back to hike the whole Teton Crest Trail next.

    Ashley Struble added big bend

    5 months ago

    Ashley Struble added isle royale

    5 months ago

    Ashley Struble added bryce

    5 months ago

    Ashley Struble added sequioas/kings

    5 months ago

    Ashley Struble reviewed Happy Isles to Cloud's Rest Loop

    5 months ago

    I did this as part of a backpacking trip in mid May before Tioga Road opened. Took the Mist Trail up and JMT down, mileage was around 26 per my friends GPS. I highly recommend overnighting here because the sunsets are absolutely stunning and it saves your legs for the crazy downhill back. That being said, the elevation gain is intense (especially on the Mist Trail) so pace yourself and take as many breaks as you need. Overall one of my favorite hikes, you can’t beat the views.

    Ashley Struble reviewed Lost Creek Wilderness Loop

    5 months ago

    I took this loop CW starting at the Lost Park TH, took me a day and a half to finish. I camped about 2 miles outside refrigerator gulch (12 miles from TH) on goose creek trail in a lovely little aspen grove. CW direction definitely saves the best for last in my opinion, but comes with steep elevation gain coming from refrigerator gulch that you have to be prepared for (think 3000 feet over about 4 miles). However, the payoff at the saddle is so rewarding, and the last 6 miles are easy meandering downhill. Beautiful aspen groves, lovely ponds, and some amazing rock formations. Looked decent if you like fly fishing as well, I saw some nice sized brookies before my dog jumped in and scared them away. Overall a beautiful hike, I plan on returning in the fall when the aspens are changing.

    A few trail notes:

    Black flies and mosquitos were bad at lower elevation, so bring a net and/or some spray.

    Refrigerator Gulch has a lot of side trails that lead to campsites, I recommend using a trail guide here because I got lost for about 30 minutes trying to find the real trail.

    I never had an issue finding water but about 6 miles of Brookside McCurdy (ascending and descending the summit to the Ute Creek intersection) were dry. Keep an eye on your water supplies and refill as often as possible.

    I didn’t see any large wildlife at all, but that could be because I have a pretty barky dog. I spoke to a couple who swears they saw a mountain lion about 20 ft from their campsite on McCurdy trail. Moose are also prevalent here. Just be smart, know your wildlife, and hang your food at night!

    Ashley Struble added glacier

    6 months ago

    Ashley Struble added colorado day

    6 months ago

    Ashley Struble added zion

    7 months ago

    Ashley Struble added tetons

    7 months ago

    Ashley Struble added yosemite

    7 months ago

    Ashley Struble added yellowstone

    7 months ago