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Old 06-30-2016, 10:07 PM   #31
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Dm, you don't have to leave at 5:00 am. There is really not much traffic in the park before 10:00 am. 7:30 to 8:00 would be fine.


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Old 07-04-2016, 07:55 PM   #32
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There is a ~2 mile hike at colter bay that is beautiful and would be fine for an 8 yr old.
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We tried to do the 2 mile hike around colter bay but had to turn around when we encountered a bear on the trail. As we back down the trail the bear followed us. When we were in the clearing by the causeway he came out and looked at us. The he walked a short distance on the shoreline but then went into the water and started to swim towards us. We were able to exit quietly as he exited the water and went into the woods. Fortunately we did not have to use our bear spray.


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Old 07-05-2016, 08:01 AM   #33
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We tried to do the 2 mile hike around colter bay but had to turn around when we encountered a bear on the trail. As we back down the trail the bear followed us. When we were in the clearing by the causeway he came out and looked at us. The he walked a short distance on the shoreline but then went into the water and started to swim towards us. We were able to exit quietly as he exited the water and went into the woods. Fortunately we did not have to use our bear spray.


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Happy things worked out "safely". When we were walking the trail, we were talking and even calling out - "Hey, bear..." from time to time. Never did see a bear but as we all know, they are there....
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Old 07-06-2016, 02:01 PM   #34
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We tried to do the 2 mile hike around colter bay but had to turn around when we encountered a bear on the trail. As we back down the trail the bear followed us. When we were in the clearing by the causeway he came out and looked at us. The he walked a short distance on the shoreline but then went into the water and started to swim towards us. We were able to exit quietly as he exited the water and went into the woods. Fortunately we did not have to use our bear spray.


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Smart move carrying bear spray with you. I'm glad it worked out that you didn't have to use it.
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Old 07-06-2016, 02:11 PM   #35
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For Jenny Lake hike, do you have to go the entire 9 miles? we have an 8 year old.
if you take boat across Jenny Lake the hike to inspiration point is great. its 2.6 miles round trip (changed due to trail construction)

Also, for views you can't beat eating at the Blue owl at Jackson lake Lodge.
Its a Bar/ Grill with amazing views and you can enjoy a beer, glass of wine or whatever your heart desires
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if you take boat across Jenny Lake the hike to inspiration point is great. its 2.6 miles round trip (changed due to trail construction)
I hope they have improved the trail since I was there in 2013. You really had to watch your step.

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We were there after memorial day and that part of the trail is closed because it is so bad. They are doing major trail renovations in that area. You actually hike along the lake and then take part of another trail up to the point.

I have a picture taken from the top of that rock ledge part where the trail is roped off, but i can't upload it for some reason (my favorite part of the trail, and where we saw a bear, not wifes favorite part)
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