Sunday, September 4, 2011

Mount Washburn (August 17)

On our way to the Dunraven Pass trailhead to hike up Mount Washburn, we noticed a crowd of people in Hayden Valley and stopped to see what they were looking at. Way, way in the distance was a mama grizzly and her two cubs feeding on a bison carcass. I zoomed in as much as I could for a photo. You may have to click on this photo for the larger version to even see the pink arrow I drew pointing to the bears.The grizzlies are right at the waters' edge. We could see them better with the binoculars.
Mount Washburn is a famous hike in Yellowstone and there were a lot of people on the trail that day. The weather was perfect and clear. The hike is 6 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 1400 feet in 3 miles.
Looking down at Dunraven Pass.
There is a lookout tower at the summit with an observation room and vault toilets. There is a park ranger stationed there at all times to watch for fires.
Almost there.
It was windy and cool at the summit, so the observation room was a nice place to rest and eat.
This is what Maralee thought about the summit of Mount Washburn. We had walked/hiked almost 50 miles total during our trip by this point.
We were way above the Canyon and could also see Yellowstone Lake and the Grand Tetons in the distance.
"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves." ~John Muir
Mount Washburn's elevation is 10,223 feet, still pretty low compared to some of our hikes and drives in Colorado, but it's a high peak in Yellowstone and a great view. I read that on a cold day you could even see steam from Old Faithful.
Jay and Garrett had planned a night of camping in the backcountry, so they went a separate way just down from the summit to hike the spur from Mount Washburn to Canyon.
The girls and I hiked back down the way we came and went to dinner and back to the campground.
We could see the rim of the Canyon during most of this hike.
The girls and I were happy to see the Jeep when we got back to the trailhead.

1 comment:

Lois said...

That would be about as close as I would want to get to those grizzlies!