Rendezvous Peak provides amazing vistas of surrounding mountains near Jackson Hole at Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA.
Following yesterday's hypothermic incident in Death Canyon, the enjoyment of a leisure day seems reasonable. Rendezvous Peak at the south edge of the Grand Teton National Park near Bridger-Teton National Forest offers incredible views over surrounding territory. There is also an opportunity to enjoy light hiking near Jenny Lake.
At Teton Village, colorful para-sailors are floating around the village in light breeze on a cool and sunny morning. The cable car at 6,500 ft (1,971 m) is an expedient alternative to the time consumed by hiking the ascent to the summit. Disembarking at the Rendezvous Peak summit at 10,927 ft (3,330 m) is an amazing experience surrounded by spectacular vistas complemented by para-gliders sailing in the breeze. Distant peaks and valleys, several miles to the east, are shrouded in smoke from forest fires. A hiking loop trail at the summit is a short easy hike with incredible scenery prior to the descent from the mountain.
The 20-passenger pontoon shuttle boat across Jenny Lake provides a 15 minute boat ride alternative to the far side of Jenny Lake and the hiking trail-head to Cascade Canyon. This hike is a moderate climb along crystal-clear, cascading streams on good, but rocky trail up the side of Mount St. John 11,430 ft (3,484 m). There are several groups of rock climbers scaling near-vertical rock walls on surrounding mountains.
Inspiration Point provides awesome views of surrounding mountains and Jenny Lake. A gift of an almond nets photographs of a new friend, Chipmunk. At the bottom of the descent is an option for detour to the crowded base of Hidden Falls.
The return on the boat shuttle is the next step precluding the drive along the Snake River past Jenny Lake. Several stops at many turnouts allow the capture of numerous photographs west across and over meadows of sagebrush and wildflowers to the impressive Teton Range.
A band of spruce forest thrives along the shores of the Snake River. The range is dominated by the Grand Teton 13,770 ft (4,197 m) with the smaller Middle Teton and South Teton to visual left and Mount Owen and Teewinot (Indian name meaning 'pinnacles') to the north. There is a clear view of Teton Glacier on the east side of the Grand Teton.
At the end of the sight-seeing road tour, the drive back to Jackson Hole leads to a superb buffet supper at the very western Teton Steakhouse. A post-dinner throng of spectators gathers outside the elk horn arches of the Town Square where a drama troupe is enacting an old-time gun battle. The stunt-filled comedy caters to children of all ages. The gunfire is loud and sets off car alarms every time there is a volley.
This day has been a good introduction to Grand Teton National Park. The small but impressive natural park is more than worthy of a subsequent hiking mission in the future.
Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, USA is a beautiful park, just south of Yellowstone National Park, and a paradise for hikers and rock climbers. Jackson Hole is also a winter mecca for skiers on surrounding slopes.