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Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks
by Andrew Dean Nystrom (Wilderness Press)
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Certainly well worth the trip with vistas almost along the entirety of the route and to-die-for, classic Teton views from along the shores of both Surprise and (especially) Amphitheater lakes.
Shortly after hitting the trail it begins a steady and, at times, seemingly relentless, ascent until shortly before arriving at Surprise Lake. My "surprise" was a mule deer feeding right in front of me when I arrived. It's about 3000 feet over the last 3+ miles so you can feel it.
Was told by a party on descent (about 10 mins before my arrival) that there was a mother and black bear cub along the lakeshore of Amphitheater Lake. I did not see either but certainly heightens your sense of where you are, especially while hiking solo.
The views across the valley floor, overlooking Jenny, Taggart and Bradley lakes are well worth the trip and the scenery at the top is truly awe-inspiring.
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