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!

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!