Waking up to a moose
Today Ally, Linda and I had planned on hiking to Phelps Lake. We were leaving at 8:00am to avoid the rush and get an early start before it gets too hot.
I set my alarm for 6:00am (YUK!) as I wanted to eat a good breakfast. A car caught my attention that was stopped directly in front of my campsite. I looked out my window and noticed my new neighbor.
There is nothing like waking up to a bull moose eating 20’ from your doorway. Luckily Chica was fast asleep and didn’t make a sound (except for her snoring).
This guy then moved to the campsite directly across from me and continued eating his morning breakfast.
He finally looked up but was not interested in me whatsoever. Breakfast seemed like a better idea. I had gone out my door to get a better picture, but stayed right at the door in case he decided to make a move toward me.
Hiking to Phelps Lake
We made the drive to the Phelps Lake area and then started our hike to the lake. Ally was our guide for the day. On the way we passed a beautiful water fall.
Here is a pic of Linda and Ally crossing over on a bridge.
We finally made it to Phelps Lake. What a gorgeous view.
Seven miles or three miles..
At this point we talked about hiking back to the Visitor’s Center, which was 1-½ miles for a total of a 3-mile hike. Our other option was to hike around the lake. The girls were willing to do it, but left it entirely up to me. I couldn’t wuss out so I said lets go for it.
So off we trudged around the lake. I was really glad we did this as the scenery was fabulous.
Here is a pic of Ally and Linda on the trail. We each carried bear spray with us, as this is bear country. Jane had loaned me hers until I can pick some up in town. She had spotted a bear close to her yesterday, while hiking.
Here are more pics of the lake.
Spotted a huge Bull Moose
We passed a huge Bull Moose eating about 20’ from the trail. I took pics but they did not turn out, as it was very dark. Here is a stream we crossed. The water is crystal clear.
The scenery around the lake is so cool!
We reached a hug rock where lots of kids were jumping off into the water. I can imagine that the water was very cold.
The entire hike was 7 miles. I have not hiked that far in some time. I was a bit tired and had sore muscles but really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to many more hikes like this while I am here.
Great photos! The scenery is just beautiful. My favorites are the moose photos. We lived in Alaska for 7 yrs. and would sometimes see moose in the driveway or from the windows of our apartment. Hope you get to take some more awesome hikes
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Jimbo, I am glad you did not wuss out on the hike. The exercise will keep you healthy and strong, just in case you need a fast get a way from some animal out there. 🙂 Beautiful area. I am envious. 😦
All the bears I have spoken with feel that bear spray makes a good spice for a meal of fresh hikers.
Beautiful scenery. Cool moose pics.
Jim. We camped at Gros Ventre last summer for about 10 days and plan on being there again in about 3 weeks. Maybe we’ll meet up. We loved hiking around Phelps Lake and several other hikes. We woke one morning to find a female moose grazing on a bush next to our picnic table. Fun!!!
Great that you did the 7 mile hike and got to see moose.Those long hikes don’t seem so bad when you have such beautiful scenery to look at. We like the Tetons. Have to go back one of these summers.
Amazing hike and getting to see the moose…what a way to start a day. Just could not get any better.
Better to see a moose than a bear poking around!
Wow, how cool is that, having a moose in your campsite. He looks pretty big, too.
That lake would be a perfect place to backpack to, and spend a few days. I wonder if that’s permitted? It sure is beautiful.