Category Archives: Hikes and Backpacks

Coyote Rock Map

A Short Backpacking Trip to Coyote Rock

Illuminated tent under a night sky with the Teton Mountains, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming

Distance (one way): 2 miles
Difficulty: Moderate-Strenuous
Best time of year: Spring, Summer, Fall

All that work and I still don’t have even one photo of Coyote Rock.

Located just east of Grand Teton National Park, high above the valley of Jackson Hole, lies a lone boulder secluded in its recession on a hill that delivers tremendous views of the region. This is Coyote Rock. Though the trail only brings you two miles from the road, the feeling of isolation and disconnection from the valley below is easily attainable.

I made a short, overnight backpacking trip to this rock late in June with the purpose of acquiring some new night photography imagery while also catching a quick escape into nature. Due to my timing, the mosquitoes were aggressively anxious for attention, but are typically only in the area from mid-June to early July, so don’t expect them if you’re visiting outside of that time. - Continue reading

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Milky Way Above Tent

Future Plans for Free Roaming Photography


Milky Way arching across the night sky with airglow above a tent, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming

I haven’t been updating this blog much, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. I’m currently wrapping up a video on light pollution in the Jackson Hole, Wyoming area, plotting a large road trip around the southwest for a follow-up video covering the region’s dark skies, and finally, making plans with my girlfriend to hike the Hayduke Trail, an 800-mile trail stretching from Arches National Park to Zion National Park with a detour through the Grand Canyon.

What Is Light Pollution?

The upcoming video, which I’m hoping to have ready by the end of the summer, will cover the basics of light pollution, how it affects Jackson Hole, some potential solutions, and the importance of the night sky to the area. It’s a personal project that I began upon teaming up with Wyoming Stargazing, whose ultimate goal at the moment is to construct an observatory and planetarium right here in Jackson, Wyoming. - Continue reading

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The Paintbrush-Cascade Canyon Loop


A dramatic sunset casts a pink glow over the North Fork of Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

Whenever planning a backpacking trip in Grand Teton National Park, or any national park, always check with that park’s Visitor Center to inquire about any necessary permits. A free permit is required when backpacking in Grand Teton National Park.

Interested in meeting other hikers from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem? Join my Google+ Community dedicated to hiking and backpacking the GYE’s wilderness and protected lands!

Distance (loop): 19.2 miles
Difficulty: Strenuous
Best time of year: Summer, Fall

For those with limited time, but want a true excursion into the Teton Mountains, there is no better journey than the Paintbrush-Cascade Canyon Loop. Both canyons deliver tremendous views of both the backcountry of the mountains and overlooks of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Though the scenery is only a sampling that the Tetons have to offer, it is a tremendous representation of the magnificent mountain terrain. - Continue reading

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Backpacking Turquoise Lake in the Gros Ventre Wilderness


The moon shines above Turquoise Lake in the Gros Ventre Wilderness of Wyoming. Interested in meeting other hikers from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem? Join my Google+ Community dedicated to hiking and backpacking the GYE’s wilderness and protected lands!

Distance (one way): 10.9 miles
Difficulty: Strenuous
Best time of year: Summer, Fall

This post will initiate a new category on this blog that I’ll writing about encompassing some of my favorite hikes that I’ve done. It won’t be restricted to any one particular region, but will just be some of the hikes that have stuck out in my mind as memorable and enjoyable. This past weekend I made a backpacking trip into the Gros Ventre Wilderness east of Jackson Hole, Wyoming into Turquoise Lake and thought that that would make for a good inaugural post.


Mountain peaks border the Gros Ventre Wilderness as seen from Jackson Peak, Wyoming. - Continue reading
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