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Hiking Grand Teton National Park
by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)
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Excellent hike! The first part is also a horse trail, so watch for droppings. Both lakes are beautiful, with lilypads covering much of them, and the reflection of the Tetons visible in Swan Lake. Lots of insects by the ponds, so bring bugspray or you won't be able to concentrate on the sights. We saw many swans, not to mention herons, a bull moose that we watched for a good 1/2 hour, tons of birds and smaller wildlife. This was such an exciting hike, with wildlife practically around every corner. Be cautious and respectful. There are many nests in and around the ponds. Don't forget your binoculars!
It was a rainy day in mid-May, so we did this hike in our brightly-colored raincoats (mine was ketchup red, my husband's was mustard yellow). Maybe we scared the wildlife away because we didn't see as many wildlife as expected. Not a single swan anywhere in sight (and we were REALLY looking for them), but we did see 1 heron -- at Swan Lake, not at Heron Pond. We also saw a few white birds flying around. It's actually quite a beautiful hike, and very peaceful as well. We hardly encountered anyone or anything else on the trail, not even insects. There was an abundance of pond lilies everywhere on the water -- which was pretty. Oh yes, we also saw a beaver dam on Swan Lake (but no beavers in sight). It was a pleasant and relaxing hike but we were somewhat disappointed at the lack of wildlife sightings.
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