July 3rd ~ Grand Teton National Park
There is construction going on at Jenny Lake, and the parking situation is dismal. We were advised to get there before 9:00 in the morning unless we could levitate our car. WELL, we did not get out and about when we had planned, so early afternoon, we were prepared to play the go in circles, and wait for a spot to open.
People were parked along the roadway for about a mile from the main lot. It did not look good. But, Luck was a Lady, and in a very full lot, we found a spot on our first pass…
There are a couple of options if you want to see Hidden Falls. #1 – You can take a hike from the Visitors Center, which is approximately 4.8 miles round trip and is rated moderate. Or, the second option is to take a shuttle boat across the lake, and then a 1 mile hike.
Can you guess which one we chose? Hint:
The hike follows along beside a narrow river, still swiftly flowing with all of the melted snow run off. It is rated easy to moderate with a 200 foot elevation gain. Hidden Falls was a treat to see with a 200 foot cascade. You can also continue on to Inspiration Point, but in 2017, that requires doubling back as the direct through trail is currently closed.
The weather got gloomy and we stopped in at Jackson Lake Lodge to weather the storm and get a bite to eat. The lodge is open beamed, with a magnificent view of the mountains and lake.
The weather cleared again and a late afternoon exploration drive took us to the top of Signal Mountain.
We took another side road, (I think it was Pioneer something??) to look for moose. Still being elusive, but we did see a gorgeous bull elk and a marmot family of mother and two youngsters.
The mother marmot was a bit bigger than a very large house cat, but she scurried off before I got a good picture of her.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that we missed a downpour and our timing worked out perfectly to sit and enjoy both the view and a meal at Jackson Lake Lodge.
Coming next: Our time in Yellowstone National Park