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Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks
by Andrew Dean Nystrom (Wilderness Press)
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I did not hike the whole trail. The trail gets very marshy in several spots early but was very easy to follow. I hiked in about 3 miles. My main purpose was to photograph wildlife, mainly a grizzly. The weather was horrible, windy with 15-20 mile an hour gusts with on & off rain. I tried to take shelter under a few trees but after 20 minutes or so i decided to turn back, the sky looked like it was going to fall. Not more than 100 ft heading back on the trail, a grizzly had just crossed the trail about 150 yds away. I started taking pictures but kept on checking my surrounding. The grizzly came to a big pool of water from all the mountain runoffs and was deciding whether to cross it. After about a minute, he went down & into the water and back up the other side. He was walking further away so i gave a big yell, he turned around and started to look around. I dont think he saw me right away. He stood up on his back legs and was still looking aound. He dropped back down to all 4 and started to walk away again, so i yelled again. He turned around again, and at this time i realize i should have brought so toilet paper with me(hahahahaha). He was looking around again and this time he spotted me. He stood up on his back legs again looking at me. He dropped back down to all 4 again, looked around then turned around and ran away up the hill. I hiked this trail alone but i would suggest whether alone or with someone, constantly talk loud, stopping every 50 yds or so just to check your surroundings. This grizzly covered alot of space in seconds, just in a normal walking pace. It was amazing. There was also a buffalo in the grizzly's path, the buffalo made sure he got out of the grizzly's way. Dont forget your bear spray, i had 2 cans with me....pictures are posted
Very easy hike as you've driven the elevation in your vehicle. There is some very high groundwater which causes spots of marshy-ness and can get you wet if you don't pay attention and/or don't walk around. You can't completely avoid them, but it only lasts for the first couple miles. Walked around a herd of buffalo, approximately 400. Felt water that was ice cold and 5 feet away, boiling hot. There are definate hot spots and areas where water boils. Truly an amazing experience and the sights were awesome. Go with a group as there were signs of bear, coyote, wolf and bobcat. The best part, getting away from the crowds of Yellowstone; did not see another human in 6 hours!
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