About MeI live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where I explore the deeper reaches of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem while also trying to raise awareness about light pollution and the importance of dark skies through photography and video.
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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
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.
A small herd of cow elk graze in a meadow below the Teton Mountains in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
Below I’ve charted out the best times of the year to see the most requested wildlife in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Grand Teton National Park. Below the chart, I’ve described the reasoning for those times of the year, as well as areas that those particular animals frequently are seen. Keep in mind that nature works on its own schedule, so even though a box might be marked as red (not a good time to see it) you can still see it.
Please don’t ask me for specific updates on certain animals. As you can probably imagine, it would begin to take up quite a bit of my time. If you’re interested in having me guide a tour to help you find some wildlife, I can be hired through Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris.
A marmot rests on a boulder in Paintbrush Canyon of Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
While hiking Paintbrush Canyon in Grand Teton National Park last weekend, I came across my first two marmots of the season. One in particular didn’t really seem to care that I was there. It was pretty tired and just wanted to lie on his boulder.
A marmot stands on a boulder in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
Hike pretty much anywhere in Grand Teton National Park and you’re bound to see marmots running all over the place; mostly away from you. I enjoy seeing them every time because watching them run always puts a smile on my face if for no other reason than it’s simply more of a waddle. This particular marmot was seen along the Taggart Lake trail late last fall.
On a personal note, irony has struck in my life once again. If you’ve been following, then you know I had to send my camera back into Canon for repairs and wasn’t able to make the necessary payments to have it fixed up, hence the reason for posting so many photos from my archives. So it’s currently on its way back to me, during which time I was cleaning out my filing cabinet and getting rid of old stuff I don’t need anymore when I came across my five year warranty card for the camera.