Hiking backpack adventurers who love hiking will one day be drawn to The Rocky Mountains. This major mountain range in western North America spans 3000 miles. A particularly gorgeous area is the Tetons in Northwest Wyoming. These mountains are a part of the Grand Teton National Park. If ever there was splendor to be seen, you have to check out these particular areas because they are magnificent.
Backpacking Travelers – History Of These Mountains
These great hiking mountains tower about 7,000 feet above the valley floor. Over centuries, erosion has filled the valley and carved the range crest forming the jagged Teton skyline, which is absolutely glorious.
Earthquakes have formed the Grand Tetons, but it has been glaciers that have given them their unique character. The Tetons have been glaciated at least three times, with the oldest event being the most significant.
When the glaciers receded from the last ice age they left these gems of nature for our enjoyment. Phelps, Jenny, Leigh, Sting and Jackson Lakes are further examples of remarkable beauty in this exquisite spot on the globe.
Hiking Backpack Explorers – Breathtaking Scenery Awaits
The Grand, Middle, and South Tetons form the heart of the range. Worthy of mention nearby includes Mt. Owen, Teewinot Mountain, and Mt. Moran, which are no less spectacular. During the latest glaciations, ice flowed down canyons in the Teton Range onto the floor of Jackson Hole. This action built the elevations that dam Jackson, Leigh, Jenny, Bradley, Taggart, and Phelps lakes.
There is hiking and science to be experienced here with every step of your journey. The first hikers in this area date back to 1872. Can you imagine covered wagons on the original trails and the makeshift rucksacks they carried?
Outdoor Enthusiasts – Backpack Hiking At Its Best
Today, hundreds of miles of hiking trails wind around the lakes and through the mountains. These miles make trail choices almost limitless because of so much diversity. You’ll find easy day hikes to multi-day backpacking trips. Each trail has a distinct and uniquely dynamic character all its own. You will witness incredible, often breathtaking scenery and wildlife sightings. How often do you see elk, moose, black/grizzly bears, bison, deer, and more in your everyday hikes? Here they are guaranteed. Favorites spots, just to name a few, include Cascade Canyon, Granite Canyon and Amphitheater Lake.
Hiking Backpack Trekking – Hiking Activity Year Round
The Teton Mountains are open year round, offering skiing in the winter and hiking, back country adventures and mountain climbing in the summer. These hikes offer varying degrees of difficulty so regardless of your hiking experience, you can enjoy yourself comfortably.
The winter brings cross country skiers, snowshoeing, photographers, and mountaineers to the Teton Mountains. The Jackson Hole Ski Resort is on the eastern face of Rendezvous Mountain and provides excellent food and accommodations. The Grand Targhee Resort is another option for those coming from the Idaho side of the range. A Visitor Center park ranger is there to consult and provide information before embarking on any hiking excursion..
Summer Offers Backpacking Hiking And Camping
Hiking backpack trips during the summer provide a spectacular area which is known for its many hiking trails and backpacking excursions. The most popular short hikes are in the vicinity of Jenny Lake and the Jackson Lake Lodge.
From the south Jenny Lake parking area, a boat crosses the lake and transports visitors to the base of Cascade Canyon trail. You’ll end up at Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. Hikers can also trek around the lake. The north route around the lake is relatively unused. Most day-hikers take the boat across and hike back along the south shore.
Any of the Grand Teton’s canyons provide great hiking opportunities for those hardy enough to venture into the center part of the range. This part is the back country area where more experienced hikers head. Each canyon has a trail head to lead you into the web of trails that traverse the Teton Range. There are numerous campgrounds throughout the Grand Teton National Park for overnight camping bag hikes.
Many Opportunities To See Abundant Wildlife
A diverse wildlife population is found in the Grand Tetons. Thousands of elk, moose, Bison and Pronghorn Antelope can be seen throughout the mountains. On the high peaks around Death Canyon, Fox Creek and South Teton Creek, you can sometimes see Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep.
Black bears are common but you don’t see Grizzly’s often, even thought they are there. Trumpeter Swans, white pelicans, bald eagles and ospreys can all be seen at the Snake River. Coyotes, pica, beaver and marmots are abundant. Always respect wildlife and observe from a distance without approaching or offering food.
Hiking Backpack Wanderers – There Is Much To Do In The Tetons
Horseback riding, trout Fishing (Snake River) and elk hunting are popular activities here as well. Guided tours and hikes, half and full day tours are available. Teton Wild specializes in private nature and wildlife hiking pack adventure tours. An expert guide from Grand Teton National Park and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem will be guiding you to the most incredible places. They know exactly where to find what you are looking for and to advise you on all outdoor hiking tips, safety and information.
Put This Area On Your Wish List or Bucket List
All you need to do is get there, the rest is pure amazement. There is endless opportunities to have a wonderful backpacking adventure because there is so much to take in. If you’ve hiked at any of the above-mentioned areas, our readers would love to hear your comments, good or bad. All fellow hikers appreciate the feedback. Happy hiking.