Tuesday, September 10, 2002
Backpack to Blind Bull Lake
Team North will set off today for a 4 day hike south into the Brider-Teton National Forest and back. They'll be passing through the Snake River Range, the third mountain range which circles Jackson Hole.
With its 3.4 million acres, the Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyomingİ has more than 1.2 million acres of wilderness in the Bridger, Gros Ventre, and Teton Wildernesses. As one of the largest National Forests, the Bridger-Teton not only is a land of varied recreational opportunities, beautiful vistas, and abundant wildlife, but also is a major part of the Yellowstone Ecosytem. Its crystal blue skies are punctuated by awesome mountain ranges which include the Gros Ventre, Teton, Salt River, Wind River, and Wyoming Mountain Ranges, which reach from 5,900 to over 13,000 feet. Gannet Peak at 13,804 ft is the highest point in Wyoming; it is located in the Wind River Mountains. From these ranges, spring the headwaters of the Green, Snake, and Yellowstone Rivers. The Bridger-Teton National Forest is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest remaining area of undeveloped lands in the continental United States.