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Amphitheater LakeYellowstone, WY
Yellowstone, WY
Hiking11.00 Miles 3,094 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles
3,094 ft AEG
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I started my second day in Wyoming in a hostel on the west side of the Tetons. I had some breakfast and checked out and started the drive to Jackson Hole. The route took me over the Teton Pass which was steep with impressive views. I continued over and arrived to a very busy parking lot. I parked and got situated and started the hike in.

The first mile is easy going as you meander through a forest. There were plenty of people out but the trail was not crowded. The trail then starts a steady climb as you work your way deeper in. You basically climb and climb up a series of long switchbacks & the views only improve as you go. I started to encounter patches of snow as I neared the top. I talked to a few people on their way down and they said there’s lot of snow up top but it’s manageable. I had micro spike but never put them on. Eventually the trail leveled off and I was in a winter wonderland. There was a lot of snow but it was mostly packed. It was not an issue with careful footing.

I headed over to Surprise Lake and then continued on to Amphitheater Lake which was stunning. The lake was about 75% snow / ice covered and the peaks around it were impressive. This lake is appropriately named. I would take my lunch here and this gave me time to soak in the views. I was in the Tetons two years ago and Chumley wanted to hike here on our last day but I didn’t have the energy after our big trip. It was nice returning to see what we missed.

After I had my fill I started my return. The going was a little slow as I carefully worked my way back down the snow. With careful footing, I made good time and hit the switchbacks. The snow quickly thinned out and I cruised down. It was a beautiful day and I was feeling good when I got back to my rental car at the trailhead. From here, I loaded up and drove over to Jenny Lake. I would catch the water taxi and would hike into Cascade Canyon. See separate triplog.
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