BEAUTIFUL Garnet Canyon
We headed off the other day into Garnet Canyon on a wonderful hike. We read about it in a hiking book and we thought we knew what to expect. Along the drive to the trailhead, the view across Jackson Lake was amazing!!!As we approached the trailhead, we had to drive over this one-lane wooden bridge over Cottonwood Creek.
These bridges always make me nervous only because our truck is so big and heavy. And as always, we made it over it just fine. And then further up the road to the trailhead itself. From the parking lot we could see this waterfall above.
It had so much water coming down it, we could actually hear it too. Best I can tell from maps is that this is Glacier Falls which heads up at Delta Lake. Shortly after starting the hike, we crossed over a side creek from the Glacier Creek. The trail quickly climbed and climbed and climbed. Most of the trails around here have a tendency to do that. The view from higher up is pretty incredible though!
So, we continued to climb and climb. We kept getting closer and closer to the mountains. You can see the trail down and to the right in this photo. We just kept saying “Wow!” to each other over and over again. To say it was beautiful doesn’t even give the full effects. This is the view we had of Nez Perce (11,901 feet). Someone had passed us just as I took that photo and made the comment, “Enjoy the shade while you can.” He wasn’t kidding. As we continued on we left the shade of the trees and traveled across the remnants of a rock slide.
Then we continued to climb further up and closer to the mountains. And all of a sudden, we were hiking in SNOW!!!! We couldn’t believe it!! It was still warm though. It was quite the adventure!!We finally made it to our destination and had a little lunch along Garnet Creek. It was definitely a nice, relaxing place to hang for a while!
This is Middle Teton (12,804 feet). It is split by a prominent dike, formed when a darker rock intruded into fissures and cracks in older rocks. And, of course, we had to have our wildlife sightings. I have to admit, it was pretty warm out and it seemed as if most of the wildlife was hiding in the shade somewhere. We did see quite a few of these Marmots though! They are just so adorable!!!!
While hiking back down we came across this cocoon thing with caterpillar-like things moving back and forth inside of it. It was cool and kinda creepy all at the same time! I’m going to have to talk to a park ranger to try to find out what exactly makes this. We got rained on a bit on our way back down the mountain too. Oh well. All in all, it was another remarkable day!!