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September 20, 2006

Yellowstone Day 6: Hike to secluded falls

Filed under: Yellowstone Trip 2006 — Mike U @ 7:49 pm

Secluded Osprey Falls of the Gardner River near Bunsen Peak, which is about 5 miles south of Mammoth.I was planning on a cloudy day today, and it pretty much verified as such.  I wanted to get some waterfall photography in with mostly cloudy conditions, so after sleeping in until 7:30 or so (yay!), I left around 9am or so to the Bunsen Peak/Osprey Falls trailhead which is just 5 miles south of where I’m staying with Jay.  This was a looooong hike, a 10-mile out and back hike, 3 miles of which takes you through some horrendously steep switchbacks through a narrow canyon that the Gardner River flows north through.  In this canyon is a ~130 foot waterfall which is really secluded from the rest of what normal tourists might see.  This hike is not hiked by many people, let alone seriously photographed.  It was mainly this last reason I wanted to take this long, strenuous hike.  Once I got down to the canyon floor, I photographed and rested down there for about 30 to 40 minutes.  I headed back up, which is actually easier than going down, given the steepness.  Dark skies were now prevailing as I was hiking out of the canyon as some heavy showers were developing all around.  The most significant shower was pretty large and was developing just northwest of me.  I knew I might get into some rain, so I had all my rain gear with me.  It started raining lightly…and moderately at times…in the last mile and a half or so of my hike.  Everything that was supposed to be dry remained dry, so my rain gear kicks butt :)   It was raining and 43 degrees, and I wasn’t feeling cold at all.  I called it a day and headed back to the dorm after this hike, and then for dinner we headed north to Corwin Springs, which is about 10 miles north of Gardiner.  We ate at this place called the Lighthouse.  An interesting little restaurant with the whole weird lighthouse motif, a little odd for the mountainous area we’re in, but the food was great.  I had shrimp fetuccini.  Yummy.  Anyway, not a whole lot else going on today.  We just looked at the 12z GFS model and it looks like a significant Pacific jet stream slamming into the northwest, so more cloudy or mostly cloudy days are in store with afternoon showers.  More later! 

1 Comment »

  1. Sounds like you are having fun, but hiking with bears!?!?! I’d walk about a block and be looking to find my car again from paranoia. Excellent work so far.

    Comment by H — September 22, 2006 @ 11:33 am

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