Because it is quite early in the morning, I continue straight to another good morning location, Oxbow Bend. Here, the river takes a turn with a nice view on the most beautiful mountain of them all. I have been here before but then in the evening. At that time there stood 100 photographers with their tripods hooked into each other (-; Now, I am completely on my own.
This is Mount Moran (12.605 feet).
A view on the river bank to the left, that is beautifully lighted by sunlight.
This is the river bank on the right, where the light is already getting too harsh.
Snake River Overlook
After that, I go to Snake River Overlook, a location where the river takes a couple of turns one quickly after the other, with the mountains in the background. This place has been made famous by Ansel Adams. He then already predicted that this view would disappear within a few decades, because of the trees growing in front of it. Today, the view is already less spectacular then I have seen some years before. The river is slowly disappearing from sight.
The sharp peak in the middle is Grand Teton (13.770 feet). The summit directly left of it is Middle Teton (12.804 feet) with South Teton (12.514 feet) even more left. The big hump right of the middle is Mount Owen (12.928 feet). I keep that nice cloud in sight, very photogenic…
Here you can see very clearly that these mountains just rise from the plains. Very uncommon for mountainous areas.
That plume of a couple of minutes ago has moved further to just above Grand Teton…
…and really completes the final photograph.
This is also a good location to photograph the rental car. The parking lot is quite large and there is a lot of space around it.
At 08:00 I return to my cabin for a much appreciated shower.
I shoot a couple of self portrets and photograph some forest flowers.
Maps, Charts & Downloads
GPS Map with color coded altitude information
Color coded distance/altitude chart
Download the original gpx file here.