The Teton Crest Trail is a challenging 40-mile traversing Grand Teton National Park, plus Jedidiah Smith Wilderness and two national forests. It’s easily added as an alternate to the Continental Divide Trail with camping permits required only in the park itself.
Feeling strong with a mostly "all-clear" from my cardiologist, I begin hiking the Teton Crest Trail.
The Divide is short but steep to Lake Solitude where I nab the best site with its own resident moose.
The trail traces Cascade Canyon to Avalanche Divide where an off-trail scramble takes me to a remote lake.
Switchbacks over Hurricane Pass take Blissful into the magical polished granite of Alaska Basin.
Sheep Steps leads to the "cobble stones" of Death Canyon Shelf and scrambling up Spearhead Peak.
Thunder brings Blissful down from scrambling then tachycardia brings her down from a high alpine lake.