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The Grand Teton loop Professional Review and Guide
"An epic backpacking adventure around the heart of Grand Teton National Park. Take the very heavily used trail from the corral under the highway underpass. Large trail riding groups leave regularly from here, so plan on seeing lots of horses and being careful where you step.The trail immediately goes under the highway underpass, and just past it you reach a trail junction. If you take the loop option, you’ll return to this junction. Go right (east), and hike another 0.4 mile through open country to the Christian Pond Overlook. Spend some time reading the interpretive signs and studying the swans and other waterfowl on Christian Pond before retracing your steps to Jackson Lake Lodge."
--Bill Schneider, Hiking Grand Teton National Park (Falcon Guides).
We started out early in hopes of seeing moose, so we only encountered one hiker and one group (of four people) on horseback. This made for a very quiet hike. We saw plenty of waterfowl on the pond, but the trail never came close to the shore. Signs warned us not to approach the pond because of nesting swans. Still there was plenty to be seen using binoculars. We also saw a mule deer with a large rack. At a couple points, there were some nice views of the Tetons shrouded in morning mist. Toward the end, we saw plenty of moose habitat, but no moose. We also saw a beaver pond with a lodge in the middle, but no beaver. Overall, it was ok, but would be better if you signed up at the lodge nearby to ride it on horseback with a group.
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