Originally Posted by kajunT
We will be making our 2nd trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons this September . Did very little hiking the first trip. There are so many hikes it is mind boggling . We are 2 active seniors and are good for 5 to 8 mile round trip hikes.
We will be in the parks almost 3 weeks. Could you please recommend several hikes in each park. I am a bit "bear scared" but want to get over it. We do have bear spray.
First - We have never encountered a bear on any of our hikes in these parks or anywhere else, including Alaska. For these you won't be alone on the trails as these are popular parks. Talk loud, sing (if others aren't near you)
and you'll be fine. If there has been bear activity on trails the rangers close the trail immediately. You shouldn't have any issues. Enjoy!
We've been to both parks many, many times....because of the hiking. I suggest you Google the names of these hikes for more info and also, there are many excellent hiking books for these parks. Also ask about them at the Visitor Center. These are some of our favorites:
Yellowstone: These are all in the NW section of the park -
-Beaver Ponds, Moderate hike 5.2 road trip
- Bunsen Peak - Easy to Moderate - vistas of Mammoth area, 4 mi rd. trip
- Grebe Lake - Easy - 6.6 mi. rd. trip
- Fairy Falls - moderate 3.25 mi. geysers & falls
- So Rim of Grand Canyon of Yellowstone - Easy 5 mi rd. trip
Tetons: Grand View Point - moderate - 6 mi rd. trip
- Jenny Lake Loop - easy, more people - 7.5 mi. rd trip
- String Lake - easy, 3.8 mi rd trip
- Lake Solitude - we wanted a 'big' one on one trip - 15.3 mi. rd. trip with a 2350' EL gain. This was one long day but a gorgeous hike.
- the Tetons has many small hikes 3-5 mi. and sometimes we'd do a couple a day. They're very nice.