Wildflowers in the Alaska Basin of the Teton Mountains

August 21, 2010
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Showy daisies, indian paintbrush and yellow arnica sunflowers flourish in the Alaska Basin of the Teton Mountains in Jedediah Smith Wilderness, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
Showy Daisy wildflowers flourish among other wildflowers in the Alaska Basin of the Teton Mountains.

Earlier this week myself and another hiker headed out into the Alaska Basin for the first time. While still in the Teton Mountains, it’s technically just outside of the National Park located inside the Jedediah Smith Wilderness bordering the western edge of the park. August has been described as the best time to go for the dramatic wildflowers displays.

We hiked into the Alaska Basin via the Static Peak Divide through Grand Teton National Park on August 18th and while the wildflowers were on the decline, they were still out in amazing displays! It was almost as if Jackson Pollock was painting from the sky in purples, reds, blues and yellows on a canvas of green. It’s an incredibly dynamic place with an obvious abundance of wildflowers surrounded by enormous peaks, all pouring water into the basin.

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