Tieton Meadows Professional Review and Guide
"You should keep your dog leashed and under firm control on this hike, as this is wapiti country. For the uninitiated, wapiti is the Native American name for Rocky Mountain elk. These big, majestic beasts thrive along the eastern flank of the South Cascades and hundreds of elk winter in the meadows of the Tieton River valley. As the snow deepens, the elk move farther down the valley, feasting on the rich grasses that fill the meadows.
Throughout the summer, the elk disperse, though a few always seem to linger here, and come autumn, the herds are back as the big bulls try to capture the attention of the cows during the rut. This is a magical time to visit the meadows since the lust-crazed bulls bugle challenges at each other. These melodious calls ring through the forests and meadows of the Tieton Valley through much of September."