The TrailBlazers Hiking Club is a group based in Fort Smith, Arkansas, dedicated to enjoying the outdoors in the Ozarks and Ouachita Mountains of western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. THCFS schedules several hikes a month, some long and some short, some difficult and some more laid-back. Some of us have hiked for years and some just started, but we all enjoy the outdoors. If this describes you and you're in the area, you're welcome in our group!
2015-6-15 Yellowstone Trip Part I
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Lodged in A Stone’s Throw Away House in Gardiner, MT, twenty-two TrailBlazers hit the roads and the trails to see as much of Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, and Jackson Hole as possible. Several of us also drove up part of the scenic Beartooth Highway in Montana that looks like a national park in its own right.
Yellowstone has several distinct areas. In the Northwest corner we explored the white terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs, saw a great history of the park in the Visitors Center, and watched elk wandering around all over the place. Nearby one group hiked 9 miles on the challenging Osprey Falls Trail. Heading east we saw Undine Falls, Wraith Falls, and Roosevelt Lodge on the way to Tower Falls where our friend Danny is working for the summer. Driving south down to Mt. Washburn, Danny led us on a 6-mile scenic hike to the summit at 10,243 feet where many sheep make their home. Going south we viewed the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone where some of us hiked to the brink of both the Upper and Lower Falls while others drove to Artist and Inspiration Points. Continuing on to the southeast, we saw the Mud Volcano on the way to the enormous Yellowstone Lake that feeds the Yellowstone River and its spectacular falls. To the west of it West Thumb features colorful geyser basins. From this point one can go south to see the Tetons featuring Jenny Lake with the gorgeous snow-covered peaks as its background.
Looping to the southwest in the park, we saw Old Faithful Lodge, a survivor of various fires in the area, and Old Faithful itself that is still living up to its reputation for punctuality after all these years. See Part 2 by clicking on more below