Thursday, September 12, 2002
In the Footsteps of the Mountain Men
Team North wakes up this morning by Blind Bull Lake, a remote and lovely alpine lake above the Greys River. Having completed their backcountry tour, the team will turn around and loop back to Jackson for the Wild Horse & Burro adoption event on the 14th.
This area of the Bridger-Teton National Forest has a rich heritage of early exploration. During the early 19th century, Jim Bridger and other mountain men came to this region to explore, enjoy the solitude, and trap the beaver which flourished in the pristine mountain streams. The Astorian Expedition passed through in 1811 en route to the Pacific Ocean. Several trapper rendevous were held here from 1826 to 1840. Many of these hardy trappers left their names on various geographic features. The Lander Cutoff of the Oregon Trail, emigration route and first military road west of the Mississippi, traverses the Forest. President Theodore Roosevelt, creator of Bridger National Forest, explored and camped within the Wyoming Range.