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    Richard Stephens completed Upper Dewey Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Richard Stephens reviewed Vernal and Nevada Falls via the Mist Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Spectacular views of two beautiful waterfalls and the valley. The mist trail up Vernal Falls was very crowded with lots of people with poor or no trail etiquette, but they taper off at the top of Vernal Falls. Most of these "non-hikers" seemed to find the trail very hard. The top of Nevada was a great stop off for lunch before returning down John Muir Trail.

    Richard Stephens reviewed Big Baldy Ridge Trail

    over 1 year ago

    If you want to get away from the crowds in the National Park, this is a very nice, moderate trail that takes you out to a great 360-degree view over the Forest (recommended by a ranger). We saw lots of wild flowers and some wildlife. Had a great chat with a local man at the point who talked about getting out on the less used trails.

    Richard Stephens completed Big Baldy Ridge Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Richard Stephens reviewed Frary Peak Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Richard Stephens reviewed Lake Solitude Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Originally we had decided to hike up Cascade Canyon and stop at the junction and not go up to Solitude Lake. However, the 4.5 miles up to the intersection is pretty smooth despite the net 2K gain in elevation. Along the way we saw Moose and Elk. We decided to take the trail towards Solitude and we were going to turn at some point. However, the scenery kept getting better and better. We kept going and the trail still had some significant snow patches as we got closer to Solitude (that added some fun, although poles were a must especially on the way down). The lake Solitude bowl was still snowed out and the Lake partially frozen. Overall this 14-mile round trip was probably one of my best hikes ever at any park and I would recommend it as a must if your in the Tetons.

    Richard Stephens completed Lake Solitude Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Richard Stephens reviewed Highline Trail

    over 1 year ago

    After doing my research for a single day hike in Glacier we decided to day hike the Highline trail starting from Logan's Pass down to the Loop. One issue is the lack of parking both at the loop and at the Pass Visitor Center. We were there shortly after 8am and had to park about 1/2 mile down from the Logan's Pass Visitor Center lot. Most people parked there are not doing the Highline trail. The first 6 or so miles down to the switchback up to the Grinnell Glacier overlook were spectacular (views, waterfalls, flora etc). Also this part of the trail is probably only moderate. We decided to add the hike up to the glacier overlook and that 0.6-mile is strenuous but most definitely worth the reward. We saw big horn sheep as well as the overlook itself. After coming back down we stopped off at the chalet where there are toilets available and snacks and a great view again. The next 4-miles down to the loop is all downhill and fairly hard on the feet and not as interesting as the rest of the hike. Overall a great hike.

    Richard Stephens completed Highline Trail

    over 1 year ago