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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone: North Rim

Yellowstone National Park, WY

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone: North Rim is a 3.8 mile point-to-point trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from May until October.

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King's Peak - Utah Highpoint
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5 Completed 1 Reviews

Beautiful hike to the top of Utah. We hiked to dollar lake (8 miles) day 1 and camped there. Early day 2 we summited and depending on which route you take it can be 8-12 miles round trip back to dollar lake. My main recommendation - have your pack ready but be flexible on when you go depending on the weather. You don't want to be climbing the summit if there is rain, snow, or lightning.

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Table Mountain
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

This is my second year making this trek via Huckleberry trail. It is a long hike, but the view from the top makes the many, many steps worth every sore muscle! Coming down WILL stress your knees, I recommend zig-zagging whenever possible, shorten up your stride to reduce the stress on your knees, and learn how to shift your hips or "chicken walk" so your hips help absorb the strain.

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Cloud Peak
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Cloud Peak has been on my bucket list for awhile now! We finally were able to check it off on August 30, 2014. We started at the Lily Lake Trailhead (#66). We first stopped at Battle Park to register since we were going into the wilderness area. We then drove a side-by-side to Lily Lake and parked it there. From there we hiked the 4 miles to just past Mistymoon Lake, where we spent the night. The hike was relatively easy and followed the Paintrock Creek all the way up. The next morning we woke up with the sun (6:30am) and started our hike up to the summit. We crossed Paintrock Creek by the waterfall where we saw two huge bull moose! As we started up the mountain, the hike wasn't bad at all. There really isn't a set trail to follow so keep picking your way to the top. Once we started to climb out of the "bowl" is where the real hard work began. Boulders. I never want to see another boulder in my life!! We made the mistake of going to the far right and that made it harder on us. When we came back down we found out it would have been easier to stay to the left on the way up, there are less boulders and a somewhat nice trail! On your way up you will eventually run into the "Narrows." This is the spot where the mountain actually narrows down to where it's maybe 30 feet across. After that you have to climb through more boulder fields and will eventually reach the top. What an amazing feeling it is once you reach the summit!! All the hard work paid off and you have conquered CLOUD PEAK!! We made it to the Summit within 5 hours with food and drink stops along the way. We made it back down from the Summit in 2.5-3 hours. We packed up our tent that same day and hiked on out of there. I would suggest spending a second night though! We were wore out by the time we made it to the truck. We only passed one other group on the way to the summit but when we came back down there was about 4-5 more groups camped out to summit Cloud Peak the next day. This was our first big backpacking trip and we didn't know what to expect. We definitely learned a lot and can't wait to do another trip soon!

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Granite Falls Hot Springs
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14 Completed 10 Reviews

The trailhead to the hot spings is actually about 30-40 min drive outside of Jackson. I rented a fat tire bike and did the round trip from the trailhead to the springs (20-22 miles with time off the trail) in Jan. I suppose this could be a hiking trail in summer, but due to the distance, would recommend bikng it. In the winter, the trail is predominantly used for dogsleds and snowmobiles.
As this was my first fat tire bike ride, I wasn't sure of the logisitics. If its snowed recently, as it had prior to my ride, the bike wi will not grip the trail and one will have 22 miles of hellish fishtailing and skidding. If you can be assured of a packed base, then go for it, or go when there is not snow on the ground. There are outfitters in Jackson who rent bikes, and who will take you on a guided snowmobile or dogsled ride.
Aside from the logistics of getting there, the springs are a warm respite from the cold, have primitive pit toilets and changing rooms, but are not crowded because of being off the beaten path. They have water and a few snacks for sale (cash). The facility closes at 5 PM in the winter, and I saw a campground on the trail about a mile back, but did not see anyone winter camping there.
Scenery along the way is beautiful, quiet, and worth it, but again, if recent snow, there can be avalanches onto the trail (there was one the the week after my ride which took out two snomobilers...who made it out OK).
I loved the trip, but would not ride a fat tire bike there again unless I the snow was was not fresh.
If you are travelling from out of town, keep in mind the altitude is a contender, as is the dry air.

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Sinks Canyon
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

A nice, laid back trail. I would hike it again....it's a beginner trail and good if you're not yet used to the altitude. I started at the trail head at the Popo Agie campground.

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Beaver Ponds Loop
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

This was an unbelievably wonderful hike. The views were spectacular and the ponds were beautiful. I will say this: I am SO, SO glad that we started the loop at the trailhead right next to the boardwalk for Mammoth Hot Springs (as compared to the trailhead behind the Mammoth Inn building). It was a sharp uphill climb for a lot of the first 0.7 miles, but once we got past that it was really nice and mellow - most of it was a gentle downhill. If we had started from behind the Inn, I feel we would have had a lot more uphill to worry about. (Also, a superficial thing, we saw the biggest and prettiest pond last by going this way. Made it a beautiful end before looping back down to our car.)

We saw mule-deer and pheasants, but no bears or elk. The elk were all chilling down at the buildings at Mammoth Hot Springs.

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Mt. Washburn-Chittenden Trailhead 2K6
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

great views- gets cold and windy!

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Uncle Tom's Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

The steep and see-through stairs can be a little harrowing, but worth the view! We had a double rainbow across the falls that was only visible from the bottom- just stunning!

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Jenny Lake Trail
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4 Completed 5 Reviews

We visited mid-July and enjoyed doing this hike as a trail run. When you arrive at the parking lot, it is generally swamped with people since it's one of the main attractions. Facingthe lake from the parking lot, we decided to make a right and run around in a counter-clockwise way. This allowed for the first part of our experience to be a bit quieter, since most folks go clockwise to hike to the attractions along the mountain. The path is very well-maintained. When you hit Cascade Canyon and where the boat drops visitors off, it can be very busy. We decided to skip Cascade Canyon for this reason and continue our run back to the lot. A quick dive in the water after our run (not from the boat launch, but from a small opening on the shore) was AMAZING. Great way to cool down and make your lake experience more immersive!

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Jenny Lake Trail
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4 Completed 5 Reviews

We visited mid-July and enjoyed doing this hike as a trail run. When you arrive at the parking lot, it is generally swamped with people since it's one of the main attractions. Facingthe lake from the parking lot, we decided to make a right and run around in a counter-clockwise way. This allowed for the first part of our experience to be a bit quieter, since most folks go clockwise to hike to the attractions along the mountain. The path is very well-maintained. When you hit Cascade Canyon and where the boat drops visitors off, it can be very busy. We decided to skip Cascade Canyon for this reason and continue our run back to the lot. A quick dive in the water after our run (not from the boat launch, but from a small opening on the shore) was AMAZING. Great way to cool down and make your lake experience more immersive!

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