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Hiking, Biking and Kayaking in the Tetons

 

Wow! It’s almost the end of August and summer is almost over. How did that happen? I guess time flies when you’re having fun, right?

As I look back on our adventure packed summer our June trip to the Grand Teton National Park seems like eons ago and I have yet to share some of our adventures there.

Bedge leads a photography workshop every year in the Tetons so we have turned those trips into a family vacation. This year we spent 2 weeks camping in our portable condo at our favorite camping spot.

Camping on Jackson Lake
The BEST campsite in the Tetons. There is plenty of room for our 6 person REI Kingdom tent.
(aka… Portable Condo. :)

 

Hammock Time
This campsite has the perfect spot for my ENO Hammock.

 

We hiked trails that we’ve never done before, kayaked String Lake, visited the Signal Lake Lodge and Jackson Lake Lodge for the first time, and J-Man and I spent 4 days camping solo without Bedge in grizzly country. Ack! I was a little nervous about that, but we made it through and had some fun one-on-one time together.

 

Hiking

One of my favorite hikes of the trip was hiking to Grand View Point Overlook . We do a lot of hikes that are at the foot of the mountains, however, this hike is across the main park road giving you a wonderful view of Jackson Lake and the Teton range.

 

Grand View Point Overlook
Grand View Point Overlook

 

This was our first time hiking to Grand View Point Overlook and we were not disappointed. It’s a 2.2 mile round-trip hike with approximately 460 feet of elevation gain through pine trees and wildflower meadows. As the trail switchbacks up out of the trees you have open views to the east of Two Ocean Lakes and to the west you can see the Grand Tetons jutting up behind Jackson Lake and it’s many islands.

 

Family at Grand View Over Point Overlook
Teton Range and Jackson Lake behind us.

 

Grand View Point Overlook Trail
Two Ocean Lake in view to the east.

 

Grand View Point Overlook Hike
Grand Teton Range and Jackson Lake.

 

Grand View Point Overlook
J-Man with his hiking buddies in his Deuter backpack
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With this being one of the shorter hikes in Grand Teton National Park I definitely would recommend it for families.

 

Kayaking

We bought a ducky (inflatable kayak) in May and didn’t have an opportunity to use it before our trip so we decided to bring it along.

Kayaking String Lake
Mt. Moran in the background.

 

We chose String Lake for it’s maiden voyage. The lake is very shallow and has a great launching area for kayaks, canoes and SUPs. From the north end of String Lake you can portage over to Leigh Lake where where you will find awesome backcountry campsites. We’ve added that to our bucket list.

We floated from one end of the lake to the other looking for wildlife and taking in the scenery. It’s a beautiful lake and the views are amazing. The only wildlife we spotted were fish, however, there were a ton of people kayaking, canoeing and taking their SUPs for a spin around the lake. Families out for a day of fun in the sun having picnics filled the lake shore.

 

String Lake
Cooler filled with lunch.

 

Kayaking on String Lake

 

 Mountain Biking

We also had the opportunity to go mountain biking in Cache Creek  just outside of the town of Jackson. While Bedge was leading his workshop I took J-Man and we had a ton of fun.

The Cache Creek area is about 10 minutes from town with numerous mountain biking trails. With poor signage and an unreadable map (in my opinion) at the trailhead J-Man and I just picked a trail and got started. I figured if there were areas he would need to dismount and walk that would be totally fine. We started on the Cache Creek Sidewalk trail and rode amongst beautiful scented wildflowers, sage brush and wide open views. When we came to a trail intersection we would decide together which direction to continue. We rode for 2 hours climbing above the town of Jackson, speeding down hills among Aspen groves and pines and across Cache Creek. J-Man maneuvered around roots, rocks and stumps without hesitation. I guess the rocky Moab terrain prepared him for such riding.

Cache Creek Mountain Biking Trails

J-Man has never mountain biked in the mountains and he LOVED it. He said it was prettier than Moab. He insisted on riding the trails with Bedge so we went back for a second ride when Bedge was finished with his workshop.

 

Cache Creek Mountain Biking Trails
He was digging the mountain singletrack.

 

Cache Creek Trails in Jackson, Wyoming
Riding through the Aspen groves.

 

Kid mountain biking
Sometimes you have to walk the hills.

 

Here’s a fun video of J-Man riding the trails:

 

 

What adventures have you gone on this summer?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. I am so jelous! I have been busy with so much other stuff I haven’t has as much time as I would like to get out and walk in the woods! I love hiking and kayaking, not so much mountain biking, but it looks so peaceful there! Your pictures are also amazing! No wonder you go to a lot of photography workshops! Thanks for sharing a little slice of heaven with me this afternoon.

  2. Gorgeous! We stayed in the Tetons last year, but didn’t make it past Gros Ventre and Jackson Hole. When we made the drive from Teton to Yellowstone, I was instantly sorry I didn’t have more time in GTNP. Such a beautiful place.

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