Last Big Hike in the Tetons
I took advantage of the still great weather and made another hike that I had really wanted to take last year, but wasn’t able to. I decided to hike up to Holly Lake. The beginning of the hike started over near String Lake.
I don’t know why, but I expected the hike up Paintbrush Canyon to be similar to Cascade Canyon since it was only one canyon over, but it ended up being quite different!! Where Cascade Canyon was really open and you can see towards the end of the canyon much of the way, this was full of trees and much more closed. The fall colors were everywhere though! It was so beautiful to see!!!!
Every once and a while you’d get to a point where you could see out of the canyon and got a glimpse of Jackson Lake. They were doing some prescribed burns in the area, so everything looked a bit hazy. The leaves were just incredible to see the further I got up the canyon.
And then you’d get ducked back into the canyon again. Once the trail went along the creek, it stayed there. Whenever the trail came out of the trees and you were able to see the canyon walls, the view was incredible!
I sat on a rock along the shores and enjoyed my lunch knowing that I was the only one there for a while. Eventually, this group of three young people showed up on the other side of the lake and then they swam for a little. Then I could see them getting ready to leave, and I realized that I probably should too. So I put my pack back on and started walking around the lake when all of a sudden the other group started talking really loud and I started thinking, Great. I’m going to have to listen to them make all this noise all the way back down.” As I approached them closer though, one of them looked at me and said, “If you wonder why we’re being so loud, it’s because there’s a bear right over there!” All of a sudden it all made sense. Not only was there a bear, but she had a cub too!
It was an incredible hike!! It was also the last big hike that I did this season in the Tetons. Seeing the bear and cub just made it all so great!! Since we’ve already left, I’ve got more blogs to write already!! I’m always behind no matter how hard I try to keep up!! Oh well, at least I’m having fun!! Happy Trails!