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Old 09-07-2011, 05:45 PM   #1
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Salt lake city / grand teton / yellowstone redux

I decided it's time to do a salt lake city -> grand teton -> yellowstone trip so, i'm heading out a week and a half from now. I tried to revive the old yellowstone thread but it said it was too old so i'm starting a new one for any tips anyone might have in mind since the old thread.

I did a quick google map check it says to go up along the western wyoming border instead of up 15 through idaho falls (mentioned as a route in the old thread). Any suggestions on the most scenic/best route from salt lake city to jackson hole ? (i splurged and reserved a jeep rental as an additional note).

Of course, any general trip suggestions would also be very welcome if you have some new info you can share. Thanks..
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:13 PM   #2
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I 15 is a boring ride...don't use it if possible.
Swim in the Firehole river below all the hot pots(bring shampoo)
Boil a trout you caught in the aforementioned hotpot for lunch.
Old Faithful is not to be missed if you've never been there.

Do Not eat anywhere in Salt Lake....worlds worst restaurants.
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Old 09-07-2011, 08:46 PM   #3
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It is a bit round about, but on the way in or out, take the Beartooth highway, to Red Lodge, MT, Drop down to Cody and thru Owl Creek Canyon to South Pass and on to Rock Springs. The other way one might go thru Logan on 89, then follow 89 up to Jackson. Note that Rand McNally calls 89 for that entire stretch scenic. The Northeast entrance to Yellowstone leads to the Beartooth Highway, and from Red Lodge you go over to 120 and follow it to Thermopolis, from there follow us 20 to 26 to Lander and then wy 28 over South Pass
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:07 PM   #4
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There's been 2 recent bear attacks in Yellowstone so if you're going to do some hiking I would invest in a can of bear spray and read up on what to do should you encounter one. I've read mixed reviews on the benefits of bear bells, the locals call them "time for dinner bells". The last time I was hiking in the Grand Tetons we came upon a berry patch and commented how it would be good bear food. Just then a bear cub stood up in the middle of the berry patch and looked at us. Needless to say we booked out of there before mama bear noticed us.
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Old 09-08-2011, 06:28 AM   #5
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IMO the most scenic route is Utah 89 via Logan, via Montpelier, via Alpine and into Jackson, Wy. The Logan Canyon drive is very nice. The view of Bear Lake is great. Also a nice place to stop for ice cream.

I was in Yellowstone hiking/fishing last week. Most trails on the north end of Hayden valley and Canyon Area were closed. The last death was on the Mary Mountain trail that runs along the north of Hayden Valley.

Tetons at sunrise after a 23 hr road trip from Illinois.

Imperial Geyser - 3 miles in from trail head.
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IMO the most scenic route is Utah 89 via Logan, via Montpelier, via Alpine and into Jackson, Wy. The Logan Canyon drive is very nice. The view of Bear Lake is great. Also a nice place to stop for ice cream.

I was in Yellowstone hiking/fishing last week. Most trails on the north end of Hayden valley and Canyon Area were closed. The last death was on the Mary Mountain trail that runs along the north of Hayden Valley.

Tetons at sunrise after a 23 hr road trip from Illinois.

Imperial Geyser - 3 miles in from trail head.
thanks. any hike recommendation(s) ?
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thanks. any hike recommendation(s) ?
Stop at a gift shop and get the trail guide by Marshall.

Riddle Lake - Trail head 2 miles south of Grant Village (6 Miles RT)

Grebe Lake - Trail head 5 miles west of Canyon Village junct on Norris-Canyon Road. (6 Miles RT)

Fairy Falls/Imperial Geyser - Trail heads by Old Faithful and Fountain Flats Drive (Use the Fountain Flats. After you cross the Firehole river bridge take a hard left and follow the trails to geysers along the river.

Mystic Falls - Trail head at back of Biscuit Basin. (Very Short).

Pelican Creek trail - Trail head east of Fishing Bridge on left. Take the frontage road back to the pull off area.

Howard-Eaton trail - Trail head at Fishermans bridge parking lot.

Shoshone Lake - Trail Head south of Old Faithful. (Delacey Creek Trail)
Early early morning can see wolfs, elk, moose.

Shoshone Geyser Basin - Trail head by Keppler Falls south of Old Faithful. This is via Lone Star Geyser. This hike is 8.5 miles one way and has over 300 geysers/features to view. Be careful.
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In Grand Teton my favorite hike was always Cascade Canyon Trail after using the ferry/boat shuttle across Jenny Lake from Jenny Lake Lodge. Other nearby lake trails are nice too - Sting Lake trail? Oxbow Bend is a lovely place to see and a good wildlife spot. Signal Mountain Lodge had great food. And Antelope Flats usually had great wildlife.

I think you might be about right timing wise for the elk rut. That is a spectacular thing to see. Late Sept in the Tetons - my favorite time!

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