29 Apr

Cascade Canyon, Grand Tetons, Wyoming

Susan Alton

Susan Alton

Susan Alton

(From August 1, 2012)   Last
night I was re-reading my blog from Cascade Canyon above Jenny Lake in
the Grand Tetons of Wyoming. I was aghast. Where were my photos?
Something was amiss.

re-reading the blog, I went, “Oh, yeah, I remember, we didn’t have
internet connectivity for any length of time and I posted I would
complete the blog and add photos ‘in a week or so.'” Well, blogger
friends, this is “the rest of the story,” as Paul Harvey used to say.

Please refer to my blog dated August 1, 2012 — 9.3 Miles, 1,100 ft. Elevation Gain for the segue into this.

had a wet boat ride across Jenny Lake, luckily we snagged a seat under
the cover of the boat. By the time we arrived at the trailhead, the rain
had stopped. That was the last rain for the day!

This blog is going to be loaded
chock-full with pictures. Cascade Canyon is awesome and by far the most beautiful hike of all our Grand Teton/Yellowstone hikes.

first half mile took us uphill to Hidden Falls. Along the way,
novice rock climbers stopped to learn basics about climbing up
smaller rocks. Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point, both on
this trail, are the most popular destinations in Grand Tetons. We
expected the crowds at the lower elevations of these two destinations.
We were able to get uncluttered photos and even had willing
photographers to take a photo of us, together for a change. I should
mention that wildflowers are at their peak in early August. Love!

Our last-minute campground–spent three nights. Mwah! Beautiful.


Early morning overlooking Jackson Lake and the Grand Tetons.


Grand Tetons, early morning, shot through the car window.

Click photo to enlarge photo to see rainbow to right of mountain.

Fireweed. Wildflowers in bloom everywhere.

Bob & Susan — Hidden Falls

Hidden Falls close-up.

My favorite picture of me from today.

Tall Jacob’s Ladder and some kind of berry.

An early preview of our scenery on today’s hike.

From Hidden Falls, the trail moved steeply upward, across a rock wall, to Inspiration Point. 

is as far as most people go, so it was crowded here with sightseers from the boat. Once we passed Inspiration Point, the crowds thinned
dramatically. The trail also leveled out and was a gradual grade for the
next 3.5 miles.

What a lovely day. No more threat of rain, although we
heard thunder one more time as the storm moved off to the east.

At this
point, pictures can do the “talking.” Just a few captions and notes
about what we saw. 

This is Cascade Canyon–words barely do it justice.

Majestic mountains.

[Note: If you want to see moose, come to Grand Teton National Park in
early August and hike the Cascade Canyon trail at 9:00 a.m. This first
moose (three photos) was about 10-20 feet from me right next to the



when I decided to cross the trail in front of the moose, he decided he
wanted to cross the trail. Oops. You eyeballin’ me boy? Let me get out
of your way!



One gorgeous scene after another.

Bob took this fantastic photo. Great composition!

The following photo
was taken to show the scale of the mountains. You can barely see Bob
walking in the bottom center of the photo!

Can you find Bob?

This is called Cascade Canyon because of many waterfalls that come down off the cliffs into the canyon.


Reflecting, still pool in the river.


Craggy Grand Teton peaks.

Mountain splendor.

A waterfall coming off a glacier.

Butterflies love the wildflowers in the area.

Smooth (or showy?) fleabane.

Wyoming paintbrush, leafy aster, yarrow.

Woolly fleabane, smooth fleabane, Wyoming paintbrush, common harebell

Lewis’ monkeyflower (named for Meriwether Lewis!)

Lunchtime…good spot to eat our apples and trail mix!

Moose #2: Classic moose pose–standing in the river
while eating. (We saw a total of three moose on this hike. The last
moose was lying down in the shadows surrounded by six people. I opted
not to try for another photo.)

Someone on the trail said: “Go look over the side of that rock.” Moose #2!

Riders resting their horses allowed me to photograph them.

Another waterfall…this one on the main river through the canyon.

Our happy feet in comfy boots.

A pack train went by, made a stop at the cabin; our turn-around point.

It’s downhill and gorgeous from here.

Grand Tetons and an area of rockfall.

Bob at Inspiration Point, overlooking Jenny Lake.

As soon as Bob sat
down on a rock at Inspiration Point, the little beggar pictured below showed up at his
boot tip. I thought he was going to climb up Bob’s leg. We were going
to eat trail mix, but decided against it because of this guy. Obviously
people have been feeding all these chipmunks and squirrels.

Golden mantle ground squirrel, AKA beggar.

One last look as we made our way back across the lake on the boat.

And a look across to the other side of Jenny Lake.

Setting sun through a canyon.

And that was our
fantastic day of hiking 9.3 miles roundtrip in Cascade Canyon! I
recommend this hike for everyone. Once you get past Inspiration Point,
the trail is a breez

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