Sleeping Indian Summit via Flat Creek

Hikers Descending Sleeping Indian

Distance: 5.5 miles Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Summer, Fall The Sleeping Indian, known formally as Sheep Mountain, is often overlooked by many tourists due to it being located opposite from the Teton Mountains. Yet frequent visitors and locals develop a fond admiration for the mountain as, once the image is seen, it becomes a popular target to watch …

Swift Creek to Shoal Creek Loop

Twilight Over Mountain Peak

Distance: 18.9 miles (loop) Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2015 September The views at the top of Swift Creek, leading to the Crystal Creek and Gros Ventre River headwaters are easily some of the most epic mountain views in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, but it doesn’t come easily. This Swift Creek to Shoal Creek Loop …

Defeated by Cream Puff Peak

Hiking Trail in Mountain Meadow

Distance: 6 miles (one way) Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Spring, Summer Last hiked: 2015 July If the hike hadn’t been as challenging as it was, I might have felt a little demoralized by the name, but summiting Cream Puff Peak does not come easy for anyone, especially once the 6-7 foot wildflowers have grown in. This hike is …

Turquoise Lake

Turquoise Lake and Moon

Distance: 10.9 miles (one way) Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2013 July For starters, don’t let the name fool you. While the lake does have some turquoise color to it, it’s nothing like lakes you see in the Canadian Rockies or even more locally, Delta Lake. It is however, a picturesque lake set against rugged …

Hiking the Gros Ventre Wilderness

Gros Ventre Mountains

This past weekend, I backpacked into the Gros Ventre Wilderness for the first time (pronounced ‘grow vont’). I had hiked in a bit previously, but never backpacked in, nor gone to such a remote spot. The Gros Ventre Wilderness is Grand Teton National Park’s immediate southeastern neighbor. As a result, much of it borders the southeastern boundaries of Jackson Hole. …