OK - this quick visit in the Tetons was while enroute for a week of adventuring in Yellowstone.
First view of the Tetons, entering at dusk from the east over Togwotee Pass.
The Grand Teton is high point left of center; Mt Moran much farther to right.
Mt. Moran - 12,605'.
The Grand tops at 13,770'; the Middle Teton (12,804') is the prominent peak just left of it.
My aim is to dayhike the Middle T the next morning.
[25 minutes later & closer.]
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OK - the standard TH for the Grand or Middle T is Lupine Meadows, way down at 6732'.
That means a gain of a little over 6,000' for the Middle T dayhike. :(
Tuesday, 8/24/10, 6:30 am - first view of the Grand from Lupine Mdws TH.
Should be a great-weather day!
The trail is well-defined into center of Garnet Cyn.
View to SE: Bradley Lake near, Taggart Lake farther.
This is a mom deer browsing. .. It's not that hard to tell she's a mom!
I darn near stepped on this grouse.
OK - heading into Garnet Cyn and first view of Middle T on right; Nez Perce on left.
The Middle T has that prominent vertical dike. .. We'll be aiming for the saddle on left.
The saddle connects with the South Teton, which remains out of view til much later.
Pikas are so cute.
Yes, the trail continues roughly through this lower boulder field.
There goes Andrew, a college student who's working as a summer park ranger - and also heading for Middle T.
We'll be crossing the Garnet Cyn meadow enroute to the South-Middle T saddle.
Grand T climbers, however, continue ahead and then veer right of Spalding Falls on their way to the "Lower Saddle" between Middle and Grand T.
This young lady climber was headed for Irene's Arete.
On the north side of the cyn, Irene's is the prominent arete in the center.
I trust she had a climbing partner. .. What an inviting arete.
OK - from the grassy meadow it's pretty much a long scramble over boulder fields to the saddle. .. There are scattered cairns, but not consistently.
The dike is still evident as we pass under the peak.
Although a few permanent fields, the route to the saddle is pretty much snow-free.
View up wall on right of south fork of Garnet Cyn.
The first of several "false saddles." :(
I would say Cloudveil Dome on left and South Teton coming in view in center.
View back down Garnet Cyn.
A camping zone here, though not currently in use - reservations required at all camps.
Another false saddle ahead.