Today we got up early and headed to the shuttle boats that took us to the trail for Hidden Falls. The shuttle takes about 2 1/2 miles of walking off the table, however, we figure today we walked at least six miles. That has to be a record for us especially since tons of climbing was involved.
The scenery in Grand Teton National Park is just stunning and this hike was no exception. The hike to Hidden Falls is a very popular one and there quite a number of people on the trail. It was somewhat uphill but the path was good, however, the falls is not really well marked. The best picture we took on the way up was one through the trees and it was really kind of disappointing. On the way back, we found a sign that pointed us in the right direction and just a bit off the path we were on before, there was a nice viewing area for the falls.
|Flowers in Bloom|
|We get to cross over that!|
We decided we could probably make it to Inspiration Point so we headed up up and up! There were less people on the rest of the trail than to the falls but still quite a number. It was a lot of uphill climbing and we were given hiking sticks when we got off the boat. They really helped so I may buy one one of these days.
|This part was the scary part both going up and coming down!|
|We are at Inspiration Point!|
|Panorama of Inspiration Point|
|Another Yellow-bellied Marmot crossed our path!|
We walked the canyon until we thought we had better head back because we wanted to make sure we caught the last boat back to the Jenny Lake boat dock. Otherwise, you can get back but it about seven more miles of hiking! We hiked back down the trail and I managed to calm myself and head down the worst part. After that, except for my knees reminding me of my age, I was fine and I was glad we did the whole hike.
|Our ride home!|
We were both starving by the time we finished the hike so we went to Dairy Queen and had a sandwich and some DQ! We figured after six miles we deserved a treat!
Later after we were at home, we both had terrible leg cramps. We looked up what to do on the internet. Turns out we had lost the salt in our system. We had to drink salt water! Yuk! But it absolutely helped. They told us on the internet to take salty snacks when you hike and you can prevent these cramps - just a word to the wise! Even so, we had a wonderful day and the views were just awesome!