Yellowstone and Grand Teton Hikes

Old Jan 23rd, 2007, 04:30 PM
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Yellowstone and Grand Teton Hikes

Hi, I plan to visit Yellowstone/Grand Teton late June for about a week. Where would you recommend to stay & what are some of the must see places/day hike trails (less than 6 mile round trip, we maybe traveling with our parents; they will not accompany us on all hikes).

Thanks very much in advance - Mary & Family

My husband & I do light mountaineering so steep hikes are welcome - we normally prefer views from the summits but scenic, panoramic views are also welcome.
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Old Jan 24th, 2007, 04:28 AM
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My best advice: Get a copy of Frommer's Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks" guide. It'll be the best $11 investment you'll make during your trip planning!
It'll answer your questions and generally be a great aid in planning your trip.
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Here's a link to an online description of the hikes. No pictures but reasonable descriptions. Its on a Yellowstone chat forum.

I checked for the lodging in the park. I checked 6/23 - 6/29. There are two accomocdations available. There's a cabin in Mammoth with no bathroom. There's a cabin in Roosevelt with no bathroom.

You will probably need to stay in Gardiner or West Yellowstone. You might watch the xanterra site to see if there's cancellations.

If I'm a little off you your dates, you may get different results but you should get the point. Reserve something now.

We're staying in one of the cabins at Roosevelt earlier in June.

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I second HowardR's advice. I have used that book during my last three trips to the Yellowstone/Grand Teton area and it has been very helpful.

A Yellowstone hike your parents may enjoy is the Lonestar Geyser Trail. It is an easy, flat trail (4 miles RT) that leads to a backcrounty geyser. It erupts about every three hours, so it is a good idea to bring a lunch and bug spray.

I have stayed at the Old Faithful Inn, OF Snow Lodge and a newer lodge in the Canyon area. Definitely, make a reservation now. If everything is booked, keep checking back for cancellations. It has worked for me. Have a great trip!
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Mt. Washburn is a great hike. Steep, yes, but it gives you a great 360 view of the land (including the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Lake Yellowstone). You can drive partially up it as well.
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Another great guide book is Yellowstone Treasures. It was highly recommended to me here on Fodors.

I suggest going to your library to read some guide books, then purchase one or two that best suit the trip you'll be taking.

You will love Yellowstone and the Tetons!
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Old Jan 24th, 2007, 08:21 AM
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Here's another thread you might find helpful:
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I highly recommend the following book to plan your hikes in YNP/GTNP: Top Trails Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Published by Wilderness Press (2005) and authored by Andrew Dean Nystrom. I bought several hiking books for our last trip and mostly relied on this one. The Frommer's book was also very helpful on places to stay and things to do.
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Be sure to buy a special lifetime PASS to ALL National Parks when you enter the first one. It's very reasonable, especially for people over 62, as I recall, and I also seem to recall that only ONE of us had to pay the fee and that one pass then allowed BOTH of us to forever enter most all of the national parks!

Check it out.
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