The Rest of the Backpacking Trip
Since it had only been 8 weeks since my knee surgery, I decided to stay camped in the one location and spend the day hiking without the added weight of my pack on. I was surrounded by granite!
My plan for the day was to hike to the top of Hurricane Pass. Along my route were these two side-by-side waterfalls along the one side of the canyon.
It’s rare that you can be this close and still get a photo that has Grand Teton, South Teton, and Middle Teton all in it, but I was able to do so as I climbed toward the pass. Looking back down toward the valley that I had just been hiking from was amazing! I kept telling myself, “Wow!” over and over again. I was awestruck!
On the south side of the trail just shortly before arriving at Hurricane Pass, you look down upon Schoolroom Glacier. Of all the glaciers within the park, this permanent snowfield is marked by textbook examples of lateral and terminal moraines, crevasses and a lake clouded by glacial flower at is toe. Thus how it got its name.
And then I finally arrived at the top of Hurricane Pass which sits just below 10,400 feet. You could see all the way over into Idaho from here!
A bit further along the trail, you see stunning views down into the Alaska Basin.
Guide Paul Petzoldt named the basin in 1924 after he and a horse party crossed the snow-covered alpine meadows early season.
I got to see a few animals on my way back to camp. This Yellow-Bellied Marmot sure was cute! And a bit chunky too!!!!
The next morning was even colder than the one before, but the weather had completely cleared up and it was a beautiful day to hike out. Hope you enjoyed coming along with me. Happy Trails!