Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mormon Row, Bridger-Teton NF, Moose Wilson Road and Taggart Lake

One day I took a scenic drive towards Jackson, WY.
The Snake River runs over 1,000 miles, starting in Yellowstone NP, running through Grand Teton NP, turning at Jackson and heading into Idaho and eventually into the Columbia River which runs into the Pacific. There is good reason it is called the 'meandering snake'.

Town Square in Jackson.

North of Jackson, 13 Mormon homesteaders formed a community which was originally named by the U.S. Postal Service as Grovant.  The area is now called Morman Row and you can walk through and experience life as it would have been in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Part of the John Moulton homestead.

If you continue east from Mormon Row, you will leave Grand Teton NP and enter Bridger-Teton NF.  Here is the Gros Ventre River before it runs into the Snake.

Atherton NFCG on Lower Slide Lake, just 6 miles east of Mormon Row.  Lower Slide Lake was created in 1925 when one of the largest earth movements in the world dumped rock, dirt and debris from 9,000 feet to the valley below, damning the Gros Ventre River.

One of the fast moving creeks along Moose-Wilson road.

A moose in Moose.  This bull moose was in the Snake River at the bridge just outside of Moose, WY, inside Grand Teton NP.

Taggart Lake Trail is supposed to be one of the more popular and well traveled trails in the park.

The parking lot was full, assuring me I would not be hiking alone.

I crossed several steams like this on the hike.  But there were bridges, I didn't have to get my feet wet.

Self portrait with the Tetons in the background.

Taggart Lake at 6902 feet.

The colors on these flowers were so brilliant red. It was a wonderful hike and whenever I found myself alone on the trail, I just started singing.  I know that would scare away any bears!


turquoisemoon said...

I have been just delighted with these posts... Hopefully I'll get to go there this fall. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful's been so much fun!!!

Barbara and Ron said...

Great shot of the bull Moose.