The evening was restless, sleeping upright in the Subaru. But, on the positive side, was the uncomfortableness got us up early and allowed us some nice views of Jackson Lake.
It was also a double coffee morning. Yeah, it was that rough of a night. I spent a while photographing the lake from the shoreline, getting amazing views of Mt. Moran and the full Teton range.
After breakfast a good dose of caffeine, we headed to Gros Ventre Campground, hoping we’d find an opening. Thankfully we did. Once we figured out our camping spot for the rest of the week, we geared up and made our way Paintbrush Canyon and Holly Lake. At 13 miles round-trip, it was the longest trek of the week.
It also turned out to be the least enjoyable hike.
Paintbrush Canyon is a pretty canyon but without the features of Cascade Canyon. A lot more of the hike is spent amongst the trees (not bad, but limits view).. On our way to Holly Lake, the final mile was uphill in slushy snow and once we arrived at the lake, it was half-frozen and consisted of mostly rocks. We had arrived too early in the season and the lake hadn’t filled up from its winter freeze. I’m sure the place is stunning later in the summer. It would also be an awesome route to backpack – Cascade Canyon to Paintbrush or vice versa…or do a full send and do the 35+ mile Teton Crest Trail.
Austina and I didn’t spend more than 10 minutes at the lake, as we were cold and a little wet. For the next two-and-a-half hours, we trudged downhill through Paintbrush Canyon, longing for the car.
Absolutely toasted once we arrived at the car, I literally laid down on the pavement from exhaustion. After 13 miles, we wanted to splurge and we did. The two of us ordered pizza, wings, and beer and enjoyed the great sunset from Teton Point. On the way into Jackson, we did spot a Moose and her young.
Sunset at Grand Teton Point
Back at the campground, we did some quick editing, but eventually, we were too pooped. It felt so great to sleep horizontally and I soaked in all the zzz’s after a full day of adventure.
I’m tossing day nine into here because we didn’t do anything but relax, run errands, and edit/load photos. It was much needed on our tired legs.
Until next time adventurers, take care and be safe.
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