Grand Teton National Park, I have a bone to pick with you (as my mother used to say when she was mad at me).
A few days ago the Good Hiker crew was looking for a nice short morning er and bought our boat tickets. Had a beautiful ride across the lake and started up the trail to Hidden Falls. It was nice, but it was crowded. Really crowded.. Someone suggested we take a boat across and hike up to . Sounded lovely. We drove to the Jenny Lake Visitor Cent
By the time we got to the falls, the trail and the “viewing area” were overflowing with people: tourists throwing snowballs; people wearing sneakers slipsliding all over the snow; dorks harrassing the only wildlife in the area, a lonely marmot. Hiking back down the trail later, we had to stand on the side of the trail several times to allow throngs of people to pass. A peaceful mountain hike this was not. It was more like Disneyland.
I understand that national parks attract a lot of people. And certainly, we added to the mass of people. But can’t something be done to try to control the crowds on popular trails? A simple solution in this case would be to limit the number of boat trips across the lake. The boats ran several times an hour, and every trip disgorged a dozen or more people onto the trail.
We had a nice hike and lunch at the falls. And we saw a beautiful moose up close at the dock. But I wouldn’t go to that area again.
Next up, an area in Grand Teton National Park that does manage to limit visitors, making for a peaceful wilderness hike.