After a pretty spectacular sunrise at Lake Solitude, we trudged up the 2 miles and the 1600 feet and across the Paintbrush Divide.
The problem with this Paintrush-sunrise plan was that I really did not want to get up at 3 a.m. to hike this section alone and everyone else in my group thought I was straight crazy for thinking that this was a good idea.
After a beautiful sunrise atop Hurricane Pass along the Teton Crest Trail, we dropped into the South Fork of Cascade Canyon to try to hunker down out of the wind and wait for the rest of our group to catch up.
When I first hiked the Teton Crest Trail in 2014, Hurricane Pass was unquestionably my favorite spot on the trail and one of the more impressive views I had thought I have ever seen.
had purposely planned our second day on the Teton Crest Trail to be one of the easier days because I knew we would still be getting our trail legs under us and because I knew the last two days would be the tougher ones.
After the storms finally subsided enough to get camp set up on Fox Creek Pass, just outside the national park boundary, they left an ethereal fog behind in their wake.
when I got the invite to backpack the Teton Crest Trail last summer, I jumped at the chance, even though I had already done most of the 32-mile trek back in 2014.
It was mid-July and the Colorado high country was finally thawing out from an incredibly wet and cold spring. Summer was halfway over and I had yet to get a backpacking trip under my belt.
All-in-all, it was a very unplanned weekend where I had no intention of driving nearly 600-miles, but in the end, it turned out to be pretty awesome and I think I got some great pictures out of the trip. #Success?