Hi all! This will be our first ever trip to Yellowstone/Grand Tetons this June. I’ve loved reading this forum and got a lot of good advice.
Both DH and I are in our mid-50’s, moderately fit. Not sure how we’ll adjust to the elevation change; Pittsburgh’s elevation is about 700-900. I tried to avoid strenuous hikes on our first 2 or 3 days until our bodies adjust to the elevation.
Our lodging breaks down as follows:
1 night Signal Mt. Lodge
3 nights Old Faithful Inn
2 nights Lake Hotel
1 night Canyon (Dunraven)
2 nights Roosevelt Lodge
1 night Signal Mt. Lodge
1 night Elk Country Inn before our 7:15am flight home
Question re lodging: do all these places slip your bill under the door the night before checkout so you don’t have to stop at the front desk and drop off a key? I’d like to try to see lot of sunrises, so I’m wondering if we need to stop at the front desk or if we can just head out.
Ok, here we go. Any and all comments are welcome! :)
Day 1 – our flight is scheduled to arrive in JAC @ 12:45. Pick up rental car, drive to [Kmart/Albertson’s/Walmart?] to get cooler, food, bear spray, etc. (Ques: is there a store en route to the Jackson Aerial Tram?) If weather/time permit, ride Jackson Aerial Tram. (If we don’t do tram on Day 1, can possibly do on Day 11.) Head to GTNP. If time, stop and see Mormon Row barns along the way. Dinner and overnight at Signal Mt. Lodge. I’m looking forward to enjoying a Moose Drool Ale with dinner. (Haven’t had a Moose Drool since our trip to the Mt. Rushmore/Badlands area in 2010.)
Day 2 – up for sunrise at Oxbow Bend (shouldn’t be hard – we’ll still be on Pittsburgh time), then back for breakfast at SML. Drive to top of Signal Mt. and check out the view. Catch ferry across Jenny Lake ($15RT) and do Hidden Falls/Inspiration Point trails. (Ques: do you think we’ll have time to include Cascade Canyon? Or is that too much for today and I should save until day 11?) Head toward YNP, stopping along the way when we see something interesting (maybe Moose Falls and/or Lewis Falls). I’d like to arrive at OFI around 3/4pm so we have some time to walk around a little before our 7:30 dinner res @ OFI.
Day 3 –Ranger-led Geyser Hill walk at 8:30am. Continue along trail to Observation Point and Solitary Geyser. Then to Fairy Falls Trail (have directions from Deb1741 to overlook for good view of Grand Prismatic Spring.) If time, head to Black Sand Basin and/or Mystic Falls. (Ques: if I have to choose either Black Sand Basin or Mystic Falls, which one?) Grab an early dinner (Snow Lodge?) before our res for Yellow Bus Twilight on the Firehole Tour @ 7:15pm.
Day 4 – Try for the 9:30 Old Faithful Inn tour. Then head north, stopping at Artist Paint Pots in Madison/Norris area. Walk around Mammoth Terraces. Beaver Pond Trail. Narrow Gauge Terrace Trail. Drive to North Entrance and Roosevelt Arch. Fort Yellowstone if there’s time. Back to OFI for 7:30 res for dinner.
Day 5 – Check out of OFI and head toward Lake area. Hike the Divide Trail. If time, hike Natural Bridge Trail. 7:30 res for dinner @ Lake Hotel.
Day 6 – we get a break from too much togetherness today. I’m signed up for the Yellow Bus Sunrise Photo Safari, and DH will do a guided fishing trip on Yellowstone Lake at 7:45. I’ll be done before him, so I’ll head over to Lake Lodge and do our laundry. In the afternoon, try to catch the ranger-led hike along Storm Point Trail and/or Pelican Creek Nature Trail. (If DH caught any fish, I think the Lake Lodge Cafeteria will cook his fish for our dinner.)
Day 7 – Check out of Lake. See Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone via Artist Point, South Rim Trail, and Uncle Tom’s Trail (if my knee can handle the stairs). If there’s time, head into Lamar Valley. Overnight @ Canyon.
Day 8 – Check out of Canyon. Eat a good, early breakfast and hike Mt. Washburn (weather permitting). Head to Roosevelt and Old West Cookout @ 4:45pm
Day 9 – Drive Beartooth Highway, weather permitting. Lamar Valley.
Day 10 – Check out of Roosevelt and head south to GTNP. Hike Lone Star Trail before leaving YNP. Overnight @ SML.
Day 11 – Mormon Row barns, Schwabacher Landing. Depending on whether we did them on Days 1 and 2, Cascade Canyon or Aerial Tram. Head into Jackson. Overnight @ Elk Country Inn.
Day 12 – 7:15am flight home.
What do you think?
AmyEdited: 21 March 2014, 01:46