[Cdt-l] Teton Range Alternate Route

Jim and_or Ginny Owen spiriteagle99 at hotmail.com
Sat Jul 14 16:06:13 CDT 2012

Hog - We did part of the Teton Crest a few years ago.  It was great, but watch out for the snow.  Also there's considerable roadwalking if you do that route as part of the CDT.  Several people have done it over the last 10 or 12 years.  Hmm - watch out for the maots, too - they LOVE anything salty and they'll eat your pack, shoes, socks, hiking poles, whatever if you give them a chance.   The Bechler is also good.  As you said - good waterfalls and hot springs.   Also, our 2006 thru didn't do the "usual" route through YNP.  Instead, we cut East from Two Ocean Creek and went up the east side to Cook City, then across the north side of YNP and up the Skyline Trail, the Devil's Backbone and into the Spanish Peaks.  Others have also done variations of that route and enjoyed it.   It's all good,Jim  
 > Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2012 15:46:45 -0400
> From: thogeboom at fairpoint.net
> To: Cdt-l at backcountry.net
> Subject: [Cdt-l] Teton Range Alternate Route
> I looked seriously at this route in 2008, and would have tried it, but
> there was too much snow when I was starting my southbound section hike
> (Old Faithful to Rawlins) in early July. The route I planned veered off
> from the CDT BEFORE Shoshone Lake (which turned out to be awfully
> mosquito-infested, with the trail underwater for half a mile) and instead
> I planned to head down the Bechler River, which reportedly has some great
> waterfalls and hot springs to bath in. On the map, it looked to me like
> you could piece together trails and dirt roads to get to Grand Teton NP
> (and the Teton Crest Trail) but take note: the area between the Bechler
> River and GTNP is said to be an area with a relatively large population
> of grizzlies. South of the Teton Crest Trail, my planned route went
> through the town of Jackson Hole (including a stop at the Merry Piglets
> restaurant) and then into the Gros Ventres, with a return to the CDT at
> Green River Lakes.
> It's a shame the CDT bypasses the Grand Tetons. I hiked a 40 mile loop in
> the park back in 1975, and it was it was one of the highlights of my
> entire hiking 'career.'
> If I were to do the CDT again, I would opt for this alternate through the
> Grand Tetons. I would also look for a better way to see more of
> Yellowstone.
> Hog
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