Sunday, August 28, 2011

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (August 11)

This was the first buffalo/bison we saw in Hayden Valley. We drove from the lake to the Canyon area so many times, we were really fortunate to spend that much time in Hayden Valley.
I caught the rainbow in a couple of photos during our first glimpse of the falls of the Yellowstone River. We started out on Uncle Tom's Trail, 328 steps down to see this....
We chose to hike the South Rim of the Canyon trail, a 4.5 mile loop, the beginning which was hiking from Uncle Tom's to Artist Point instead of driving.
The view from Artist Point is spectacular! You have to fight for a good spot to take a photo here!
Can you tell the canyon is Jay's favorite part of Yellowstone National Park? "A thousand Yellowstone wonders are calling, 'Look up and down and round about you!'" John Muir.
We left Artist Point and continued along the canyon rim for half a mile, then turned right on the trail to Lily Lake. It was a great quiet spot to sit and have a snack.
It was exciting to walk through a backcountry thermal area. We stayed safely on the trail. I can't say that about a few others that we saw.
A backcountry mudpot.
Backcountry fumarole.
The highly acidic Clear Lake.
As we were nearing the end of our loop, we saw this trail is still closed. It meets up with the Wapiti Lake trail where unfortunately a man was killed by a grizzly bear in July.
Common signage for trailheads in Yellowstone.

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