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Crest Trail

Crest Trail

Have you ever looked at the Tetons and wondering what was behind them, besides Victor and Driggs, Idaho?

Well, I have always heard the Crest Trail was a classic, meaning a must do, backpacking trip in the Tetons, but I never realized how amazing it really was. It is about a 26 mile hike, depending on where you enter and exit the trail. We spent two nights on the trail and I was amazed by the endless miles and beauty of the Tetons.
We started from the Tram, off of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and a mile into our hike,

we look up the trail to see two black bear cubs and their mom hanging out beside the trail. We were able to bushwhack away from them and go on our way, but it was a fascination to watch the cubs play and run up the tree, without a care in the world, as the mother did not take her eyes off of us. All the hype about bears on the trail (literally) was true!

 

 

When we reached this pass, I was speechless. I see the Tetons everyday, but this different perspective made me love them even more.

Next time you’re in Jackson Hole, take a couple extra days and hike or run the Crest Trail. You won’t be disappointed!

 

 

 

 

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Hike to Phelps Lake

There are a few things that give me complete satisfaction…spending time with family and friends, exploring the place that I live and love, and getting a GOOD burn! Even before moving to the area full time I have been taking family vacations to this fabulous place for as long as I can remember. These days I feel priviledged to play tour guide when friends and family want to come for a visit. My mom recently spent an amazing 10 days with me over the summer and we had THE BEST time. Luckily my mom is quite active in her own daily life so picking her up from the airport to hike up to Phelps Lake and Death Canyon wasn’t out of the question. We had an amazing time hiking through what I feel to be one of the most amazing areas around. We had a grey fox follow us down the trail for a while…then we stopped for a nice pic nic beside the lake only to look up and see moose swimming across the lake…seriously!? My mom comes from the suburban flatland…so this was such an experience for her! We continued to explore Jackson Hole and Teton Valley on foot over the course of the next 10 days…hiking up and down some challenging trails that left us completely satisfied with ourselves. I always say that I don’t think I could ever live anywhere else after living here…I am way to spoiled being able to find a great trailhead to explore within minutes of anywhere that I am!
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Huckleberry Hot Springs


 When it starts to feel like spring in Jackson, the skies are crystal blue, the sun warms you and the Huckleberry Hot Springs are the perfect spot! My brother and his family were in town for spring break and my nephews and niece had never been to a natural hot springs before. As we drove to the hot springs, they kept asking about these “hot tubs” and where the water was coming from. The drive quickly turned into a geology lesson for everyone.

The drive to the hot springs is amazing, as you parallel the Tetons most of the way. The hot springs are located in Grand Teton National Park, closer to Yellowstone and about a 45 minute drive from Jackson. Once you get to the trailhead, it is about a 1 mile hike in and it sometimes requires snowshoes or cross country skis, but in the spring the trail is perfectly packed down for an nice walk.

Once we arrived at the hot springs, the kids didn’t waste any time trying out the new “hot tub”.

 

They quickly made friends as everyone thought it was a perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon!