North Cascade Canyon in the Tetons

9:24 p.m. on July 10, 2012 (EDT)
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Just spent 3 days and two nights hiking up Cascade Canyon to North Cascade Creek, Lake Solitude and up to 11,700 feet at Paintbrush Divid yesterday in between the two nights.

I began by bicycling 20 miles to the Jenny Lake area then a 8 mile hike into the camp area. Then a 10 mile day hike round trip yesterday. Then hiked out today the 8 miles and biked back 20 miles to town. Will soon load the images and tell about the hike tomorrow.

Saw moose, a porcupine, deer, marmots. pika and a family of rocky mountain goats.

10:24 a.m. on July 11, 2012 (EDT)
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Sounds great, Gary!  Did you get any photos?

I wasn't able to include Paintbrush Divide or the North Cascade Canyon section in my trip, something I will have to remedy someday :)

12:48 p.m. on July 11, 2012 (EDT)
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Yes, I did gets lots of pictures. Will have to do the trip report later as it took most of my one hour here at the library to load them. But here is one of the shots of some Rocky Mountain Goats I saw on Monday.

I will get back online later at another location to work on the photos and trip report.

12:56 p.m. on July 12, 2012 (EDT)
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Entrance into Grand Teton National Park with my bike loaded with my gear for my hike.


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After a few miles heading up Cascade Canyon.


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The main Teton mountains from my camp.


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The avalanche drainages still covered with snow.


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My campsite a mile below Lake Solitude looking south at the Tetons.


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A Hoary Marmot along the trail.


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First view of Lake Solitude at 9,035'. Nice reflection at 7 am.


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After a walk around to the north end of the lake I look back at the Tetons and snow covered ridges.


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From farther west ice still is on the lake.


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On my way up to Paintbrush Divide I spot these mountain goats (out of focus  in lower center.


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After getting closer along the trail they peer out from the roack above me. A Ewe (L) and a kid with a older sibling below right.


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Looking back down on Lake Solitude from about 9000 feet and the snow covered slopes. It was on July 9th I took this image.


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Other hikers ahead of me against the snow covered peaks. I am at about 11,650 feet here.


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From Paintbrush Pass looking northwest on Jackson Hole, Jackson Lake and into the headwaters of the Yellowstone country on the horizon.


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Snow cover points above 11,00 feet. Teewonot is the blue peak in the center.


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Paintbrush Divide 11,700 feet and Mt Moran.


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Tiny high alpine flowers. Each only a 1/4 inch across.


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Back at camp looking on the Alpen Glow on the ridge above camp.


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Alpen Glow on the Tetons.


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Early the next day looking back up North Cascade Canyon.


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Talus slope and limestone ridge line above main Cascade Canyon.


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The mountains are filled with melting snow off the Tetons.


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Crystal clear water of Cascade Creek.


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Looking back up Cascade Canyon from near mouth.


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Jenny Lake and the Gros Ventre range (Grow Vont)


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Inspiration Point on west Jenny Lake and the Gros Ventre range.


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Teewonot Mountain.


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Mount Moran


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Back on my bike to Jackson along the Teton range, Grand Teton in the center.


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Back in Jackson at one of the Elk antler arches on the town square park.

I will show more views later from the hike.

10:18 p.m. on July 12, 2012 (EDT)
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Awesome, Gary! I can't wait to get back there sometime :)

12:06 p.m. on July 13, 2012 (EDT)
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Here are the rest of the shots I went back and rotated.


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A log jam along lower Cascade Creek Canyon.


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Waterfalls from still melting snow in Cascade Canyon.


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Cascade Creek meanders its way down the canyon.


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Teewinot Mountain above lower Cascade Canyon.


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Lower Cascade Canyon Creek near the mouth.


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Looking back up Cascade Canyon at a un-named peak near the canyons split.


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Whitewater below an old log jam in Cascade Creek.


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Mt Owen and the East Prong above Cascade Creek.


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Mt Owen, the East Prong and Teewinot Mountains (R-L)


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Grand Teton and Mt Owen from the upper Lake Solitude trail.


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North Cascade Creek below where it emptys from Lake Solitude and a un-named 11,270' peak.


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Lake Solitude (9,035') and its snow covered Littles Peak (10,712')


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U shaped glacier formed North Cascade Canyon with Mt Owen and Grand Teton.


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Shooting Stars, Indian Paintbrush and other wildflowers along the edge of the Paintbrush/North Cascade Canyon trail.


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Two backpackers walk across the snow field below me (lower center) with Mt Woodring above  (11,590'). Taken from Paintbrush Divide (11,700').


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Back in camp the rising moon above Teewinot (L), Grand Teton (C) and Mt owen (R).


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Sunrise the next day from my camp.


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Un-named peaks west above camp.


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Packed up and ready to leave camp. A porcupine kept me awake all night coming to try to nibble on my pack every 10-15 minutes. I sprayed it with my bear spray the third time but it didn't seem to bother it and it continued to return. At 6 am when it was getting light it stopped coming and I finally got some sleep, waking at 8 am and decided to head down the trail.

I spent two nights out, but had a 4 night permit. The North Cascade canyon faced south so it got lots more sun than the South Cascade Canyon did. I had planned to go into it but other hikers said there was still lots of snow. So I will try it later in the summer.

12:33 a.m. on July 14, 2012 (EDT)
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Fantastic trip, Gary!  Beautiful shots.  Thanks for going to the trouble of getting online and sharing with the rest of us "envious" people.  How are you getting by living in Jackson Hole?  Does it look like you'll stay there for a while?  I surely admire your adventurous spirit, and wish you well!

12:51 p.m. on July 14, 2012 (EDT)
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Well at the moment I am camping out to save rent money. I am mixed still whether I will stay for the winter and try to settle down. I'd really like to but after 35 years on the road and trail its hard to do it. After a few months in one place then moving on has been my motto for so, so long. But afterspending 3 days to 10 days hiking backpacking trip and a month on the road cycling last spring, and being at 56 now. I think I would like to stop and make a life here in Jackson Hole and the Tetons.

Guess I will have to wait and see what comes as I always have.

7:54 a.m. on July 15, 2012 (EDT)
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Nice pics. A guy like you might not have to really settle down. Look into starting a small guide service for hiking and biking. Its something you love doing, others are just starting and would like to get into but not sure where to start.....

At your age you may have to slow down a little though,,,,,,, so the client could keep up :-)

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