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Dream Fulfilled - Southern Teton Trip Report (Long)

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I've always wanted to hike from the top of the tram at Teton Village to the top of Teton Pass where Hwy. 22 goes over the Tetons. There's a trail, which is part of the Teton Crest Trail, that covers that route, but that trail follows the drainages and stays fairly low in the range. What we wanted to do on this trip was to hike the ridgeline all the way, crossing each of the summits between Teton Village and Teton Pass.

This route gets very little traffic because of all the up-and-down hiking, scree/talus slopes, a great deal of boulder-hopping, and a few fairly interesting scrambling spots.

Ruth and I and our friend Kay did the whole trip and Connie hiked with us to the second summit (Cody Peak) and then went back to the tram. We learned that there are 12 summits along the way, not counting the top of the ski area. It's also somewhat confusing because the top of the tram is the at the top of what is called Rendezvous Mountain, while the highest summit we crossed is called Rendezvous Peak, which is a few miles south of Rendezvous Mountain. Makes sense, huh?

The entire hike took us eight hours and 45 minutes, with a fair amount of time spent for lunch, photos, summit breaks, etc. It's a pretty long and tiring hike and the last half hour is a really annoying steep track down from Glory Peak to the Teton Pass parking area.

It was a beautiful hike on a spectacular day.

Here we are riding up the tram. The same tram whose days are numbered, of course. L-R is Bob, Connie, Ruth (Mrs. Bob), and Kay.




This next one shows about 40% of the day's hike. Going from the peak on the right and working left, you have Cody Peak, No Name Peak, Rendezvous Peak South Summit, and Rendezvous Peak North Summit.




This next one shows Ruth and Kay climbing up through one of the scrambly places. This is about twenty minutes into the hike:




This next one shows Ruth, Kay, and Connie in the upper Cody saddle. You can easily pick out the trail to Cody Peak along the right side of the photo.




This one shows Kay and Ruth coming up the north ridge of No Name Peak. The southwest ridge of Cody is in the background.




This is Ruth and Kay hiking the summit ridgeline between North Rendezvous Peak and South Rendezvous Peak.




And this is the south summit of Rendezvous Peak. This is the highest point we reached on the hike at 10,927 feet.




No summer hike in the Tetons is complete without wildflowers. We walked through miles of flowers like this patch of lupines with some Indian Paintbrush adding a splash of color:




And this last one is very near the end of the hike. Ruth and Kay are walking along the Glory Peak ridgeline, with Little Tuckerman's Bowl on the left. Little Tuck's is a favorite backcountry ski destination.



End of trip.
post #2 of 17

thanks

that'll work.
post #3 of 17
wow!
post #4 of 17
Great trip!
post #5 of 17
Beautiful hike!!!

Do you have any idea (off the top of your head) how much total elevation you hiked? What was the hardest section off the hike?
post #6 of 17
Great pics and trip report! I love the last photo. The south summit of Rendezvous Peak looks like it might have been an interesting scramble...
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post #8 of 17
Loved the pics!!!!!!!!!!

Barrettscv
post #9 of 17

Nice, very nice.

Bob, fantastic photos, both trips. I agree with Gnarlito on the "interesting scramble" to south summit of Rendezvous Peak. Looks like a fun treck.

I remember my last, and only, trip up Disappointment. Our route up the cliffs above Ampitheater was a bit less esthetic than yours. We spent quite a bit of time scrambling back and forth on the ledges to the south.
post #10 of 17
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cbgarrett: After adding and subtracting a whole bunch of elevations from Topo!, I came up with a total down of 5,738 vertical feet and a total up of 4,309 vertical feet.

The hardest parts by far were the descents. From the top of Cody Peak to the col between Cody and No Name was the worst because of large, unstable boulders and sharp-edged scree. Next worst was the trail coming down to Teton Pass from Glory Peak. That trail is very steep and has lots of little loose, round rocks. It's a real pain.

gnarlito: The scramble to the south summit wasn't bad at all. Lots of big boulders and one 20' easy crack to crab up.

Bill: *My* Disappointment sounds a little more fun than yours. I think I looked at the ledges you're describing. Are you still thinking about coming up on August 20? I still want to do Buck Mountain.

Bob
post #11 of 17
Great story and images...do you see any wildlife up that high?
post #12 of 17

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Great trip & images Bob...also, congrats on the safe descent. Descents should never be taken lightly....
post #13 of 17
well done, it is interesting to see the lines in Cody with out snow on them.

post #14 of 17
Nice photos Bob! I will be in your neck of the woods this weekend. Staying near Moran Junction and will be fishing Buffalo Creek as well as the Snake below the dam. How is the access to the Buffalo R. near Hatchet Ranch? Is it mostly private? We will be camping at Teton RV Park. Looking forward to some good dry fly action!

Boom
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Originally Posted by steelman
Nice photos Bob! I will be in your neck of the woods this weekend. Staying near Moran Junction and will be fishing Buffalo Creek as well as the Snake below the dam. How is the access to the Buffalo R. near Hatchet Ranch? Is it mostly private? We will be camping at Teton RV Park. Looking forward to some good dry fly action!

Boom
Oooh!

You have to email me separately for the scoop on the Buffalo R. (and the Snake). That's not info I can put out for the world to see. Good fishing on both, although it's been really hot here and afternoon fishing has been pretty slow the last few days.

bob@north40realty.com
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by SkierXMan

...do you see any wildlife up that high?
Funny you should mention that. We saw the first bighorn sheep I've ever seen in the Tetons. (I've seen plenty in the Wind River and the Gros Ventre ranges, but never in the Tetons.) This guy was prancing along the ledges below the south summit of Rendezvous Peak. He was too far away for a photo to be any good, but it was definitely a bighorn ram.

As a little aside, I've scoffed long and loud about the National Park Service closing the Mount Hunt massif during the winter because it is a supposedly bighorn wintering range. Mount Hunt is the next major peak north of the top of the tram at Teton Village. Years ago, we used to occasionally skin up to the top of Hunt and ski corn back down to the valley. I've been convinced that the closing was completely bogus because up until this past Sunday I've never seen a bighorn *anywhere* in Teton Park. (Come to think of it, I still haven't because this particular bighorn was outside the Park boundary.)

Anyway, most of the hike was at or above timberline and we usually don't see too much wildlife at those elevations around here. A few grouse and quite a bit of elk sign, but not much else.
post #17 of 17
Come to think of it I have never seen a bighorn either when looking for wildlife in the area. There are tons of them East of Yellowstone towards Cody but they are very sparse towards the South. I did see a Moose in February while riding the Tram. I went up to just photograph things and on the ride down the operator pointed out a Moose sitting in the open about 100 yards down from the top. I didn't know they climbed that high.

Also I have never seen a bighorn in the 'bighorn mountains'. I suppose one day they were plentifull there as the name indicates but the only thing I have ever seen there are ravens and chipmunks
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