Nature Center Events, Summer 2018
Week ofJuly 23 - July 29
Monday, July 23
Day Hike: Tram to Granite Creek Trailhead-Wildflowers!
Time: 8:15 AM – 1:30 PM
Place: Meet at the Nature Center at 8:15 AM
Difficulty: Moderate Mileage: 6.5 miles R/T Maximum Elevation: 10,450' Elevation Gain: 1,910'
Description: We will start the day by catching the first Tram ride of the morning to the top ofRendezvous Mountain at Teton Village. We drop roughly 1,900’ of elevation to the GraniteCreek trail junction, with a short climb of roughly 500’ on our way up to the trail. Our goal is simply to enjoy a morning on the trail surrounded by beautiful mountains and an extraordinary wildflower display. This is a shortened version of the hike to Marion Lake.We will ride the Tram up and return to the Tram for a ride back down to our vehicle.Guaranteed to be a memorable hike.
Bring: daypack, water bottle, extra warm clothing, rain jacket, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, sturdy/comfortable hiking shoes, food. I have a water purification filter so we can refill water bottles along the way.
Notes: This is a non-technical hike and we will travel on a hiking trail the entire day.Link to Teton Village Tram tickets: https://www.jacksonhole.com/aerial-tram.html
Tuesday, July 24
Day Hike: Cache Creek to Skyline Trail Loop
Time: 8 AM – 3 PM
Place: Meet at the Nature Center at 8 AM
Mileage: 12 miles R/T Maximum Elevation: 8,158' Elevation Gain: 1,940'
Description: We begin this hike from the familiar Cache Creek parking area. We gain 1,225’ of elevation in the first 2 miles, connecting to the Ferrins Trail switchbacks and into the saddle just below Snow King Summit. From here we connect to the Skyline trail, a 7 mile maintained trail along the ridgeline above Cache Creek. We’ll gain450’ in the next 2 miles to the highest point of the hike at 8,158’, and expect mostly gentle downhill for the remaining 8 miles or so. The Skyline trail ends in the saddle of the Cache-Game Loop, and from there we continue down the Cache Creek road back to the parking area. The Skyline trail has been open for the past two seasons, and offers a different perspective on Cache Creek and surrounding area. Almost every point along the way offers gorgeous mountain vistas and timbered stands of spruce and fir forests.
Bring: daypack, snack, rain jacket, warm layer, hat, sunscreen, hiking shoes.
Notes: Dogs are welcome. As with most hiking trails this time of the season, insect repellant recommended.
Thursday, July 26
Road Biking: 3 Creek Ranch – Jenny Lake
Time: 8 AM – 12:30PM
Place: Meet at the Nature Center at 8 AM
Mileage: 51 miles R/T Maximum Elevation: 6,790' Elevation Gain: 970''
Description: We will start this ride from the Nature Center, follow the bike path into town and continue north the entire day on the bike path to Jenny Lake. Although this is one of the longest bike rides on the schedule, it is a stress-free ride along mostly flat terrain on the pathway system. Expect two short climbs to our day, Fish Hatchery Hill and to the top of Windy Point just past the Moose entrance station. Water, food, and restrooms in Moose and Jenny Lake.
Bring: bike, helmet, water bottles, sunscreen.
Notes: Food is available in both Moose and Jenny Lake, but I recommend starting out with some of your favorite foods. Please stop by or give me a call if you need help preparing your bike or other cycling needs.
Friday, July 27
Birding Walk: South Park Management Area
Time: 7:30 AM – 10:30 PM
Place: Meet at the Nature Center at 7:30 AM
Description: Please join me for a very casual morning bird walk along the South Park levee. We will walk about 2 miles on a maintained two-track road through cottonwood and willow forest and adjacent to the Snake River-a fabulous place to see birds... We’ll focus our time detecting the most common birds in the area, discuss identification skills using bird books and the latest ‘Birding Apps’ for the iPad, and some of the best places to watch birds. I encourage all of the ‘beginner birders’ out there to join us, as my goal is simply to help you ‘See more birds’…
Bring: Binoculars, water bottle, warm layer, sunscreen.
Notes: I have three pairs of binoculars to loan for the morning. Please stop by or give me a call if I can answer any questions.