livin’ in a lonely world
she took the midnight train goin’ to Jackson
Welcome fellow hikers:
My name is Carol and welcome to Carol,s Corner. I will be creating a series of posts related to hiking in Jackson Hole and the Greater Yellowstone region. Before we get started, there are three things you need to know about me. I love Bon Jovi, Bears, and hiking in Jackson Hole. I am excited to share my hiking stories with you and hope you stay tuned and follow my hiking adventures going forward.
Hiking at Phelps Lake
There’s actually two ways you can get to Phelps Lake, but the easiest way is to park at the Lawrence Rockefeller Center (the other way is from the Death Canyon trailhead). Parking is limited there, so you usually you have to get there quite early. It’s a pretty easy hike. It’s mostly flat, and you can determine how long you want to go and how far you go. If you start from the Rockefeller Center, it’s about a mile and a half to Phelps Lake. If you have small kids, you can turn around there, or you can make the loop all the way around the lake and that’s about another six miles. I suggest going counterclockwise to get the great view of Death Canyon. And if you’re brave enough, you can jump off the Phelps Lake Rock on the east side of the Lake. At the north end of the lake you can the trail to the Phelps Lake switchbacks. Head up the switchback to get a great view of Phelps. pretty easy.
It’s one of the first hikes you can hike in the springtime because it’s at low elevation, so the snow melts pretty quickly around there. That’s why I like to do it in late spring, summer, and fall is beautiful too. I do it in all three seasons. Best part about that is there’s often wildlife. Moose often hang out at the north end of the lake In Spring. One hike I did, I ran into a mama black bear and her cub. The cub was so cute he was hopping through the brush (of course I had my bear spray in hand and ready to go) but they just went on their way. And then 10 minutes later after I told myself “I never see a bear on this part of the trail” I ran into a sub-adult black bear. It seemed he had been recently kicked out by mom and was not sure what to do when he saw me. He ran behind a boulder, stood up and looked at me, then climbed a tree, then climbed back down and started towards me (with curiosity, not aggression). At that point I yelled at him “I have bear spray and I’ll use”. Luckily for both of us he ran then away.