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we will be spending 3 days (jun 1 -3) at the grand tetons & 6
    days at yellowstone (jun 4 - 9) - any suggestions for out of
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Are you backpacking, car camping, staying in a lodge or a combination of all the above?

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That is just about the same trip we are doing, but we will be in Yellowstone on May 31 to June 5 and Tetons from 6-8.  We are bouncing around and staying a different place every two days.  We have smaller kids and are concentrating on day loops with the longest thing we have planned as Mt. Washburn.
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R. Redog is right.

In 2011 Washburn would have been epic with the snow, and generally problematic that time of year on average. Forecast however might allow for it.

In GTNP think lower elevations for sure. Bradley and Taggart Lake, "Around the Block" from GT climbers Ranch is great. Bradley camping site should be OK. Hermitage Point well beyond Heron Pond and Swan Lake, one of the GREAT wildlife hikes, especially then. Signal Mt. should be good. You will probably be able to get a decent distance up the canyons as we tend to pack them a bit, but forget Paintbrush Divide, Mt. Hunt Divide, Hurricane, etc. Ampitheathre, Delta, Lake of the Crags, etc., will almost certainly have to much snow...unless you use shoes. Valley Trail, Moose Ponds, etc. can be great, lots of blackies on it that time of year.

In the Rockefeller Parkway Glade Creek might be a swamp, but if not DO IT. If Cascade Creek and Terrace Falls are good to go its awesome. Huckleberry Mt. likely a no go, and forget Sheffield Creek Campground that early unless you have a APC with feet of clearance. Of course we assume you have an appropriate vehicle for this country.

Granite Creek in the BTNF just south of Jackson is a WONDERFUL earlier season destination. The Dubois area has some great earlier season stuff.


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Not sure where you're coming from, but if it's at all on your way, try to drive the Beartooth Highway (U.S. 212) north-east of Yellowstone between Red Lodge and Cooke City, MT and then into or out of Yellowstone.  Absolutely fantastic drive. It should be open by your time frame although you'll probably be driving through 12 ft snowbanks on either side of the road. Some claim it's the the most spectacular drive in the country.  I wouldn't argue with them.

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The Beartooth highway is awesome, Charles Kuralt called it the most spectacular stretch of pavement we have.

Of course its no Togwotee though.

Reis, if you want help you need to participate and FOCUS for us. Otherwise have a great time.


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Of course its no Togwotee though.

You're right there, DC but perhaps in a different way that you meant. :D

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Yeah, Beartooth is full of hippies and bikers. Not to mention those pesky bicycle nerds.

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