Monday, September 2, 2002
Sawtell Peak down to Island Park, Idaho
Team North is getting so close to Yellowstone National Park, they can see it from the heights of this morning's camp on Sawtell Peak, 9866 feet above sea level. They'll descend about 3500 feet today to the Island Park Ranger Station, near the Island Park Reservoir on the Henrys Fork River.
The Henrys Fork is an exceptionally clean river, created from nearby Big Springs, which pumps out water at a rate of 186 cubic feet per second or 120 million gallons a day. These waters are well-known among anglers for supporting an exceptional kokanee salmon and rainbow trout fishery. Wildlife in the wetlands around the reservoir and the river include trumpeter swans, Canadian geese, sandhill cranes, muskrats and moose.