It's been a few weeks since our Co-Chief Adventurer, Kristin, returned home from a 9-day road trip throughout Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. After 5 hikes and 3 National Parks, there were plenty of scenic photos in her camera roll and we thought what better than to share them with you right here on the Modish Wanderer blog!
If you missed out on the opportunity to follow Kristin along on her road trip adventures via our Instagram Stories, you can still watch it here. From snow covered paths in Glacier National Park, to waterfalls near Livingston, Montana and loads of wildlife in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, it was definitely a memorable trip. She even gave you some sneak peaks of our new apparel designs!
Hike to Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park
Our first hike of the trip was a quick one to Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park. It's only 4 miles roundtrip and quite easy. We started off in chilly 30 degree weather and by half way through the hike we were stripping off our layers. We would highly recommend that you go earlier in the morning to start your hike like we did. By the time we were returning, the trail was considerably busier with anyone from kids to elderly. In 100% transparency, this wasn't a hike we loved. I would imagine during peak season this is VERY busy because everyone can do it.
Epic views at Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park
Taking in the views of Pine Creek Falls outside Livingston, MT
while wearing our new Wanderer Men's Tee.
Next up, we've got our sights on Yellowstone National Park. We followed the Yellowstone River from Livingston, MT right into the park and were greeted with a herd of elk grazing off to the side of the road. This place is truly magical!
You're able to see more than you could ever imagine even from the car, but the best way to really connect to Yellowstone is by foot. We hiked Mary Mountain Trail off Grand Loop Rd which gives you the more gorgeous valley views and prime opportunity to spot wildlife. Our hike was about 6 miles roundtrip and afforded us the opportunity to see bison and even a coyote. They say this trail is prime Grizzly country so make sure you don't travel alone, make a bit of noise and carry bear spray at all times.
Take a closer look and you'll spot the coyote.
After you exit the south entrance to Yellowstone National Park you drop right into the Grand Tetons National Park. Thus far, this park is definitely my favorite. The majestic size of the Tetons truly cannot be captured on camera.
Short on time, we opted for the 4-mile round trip hike to Taggart Lake. We got there at about 8:30am to start the hike and only encountered one other human on the trail. By the sounds of it, we had just missed a Moose sighting right off the trail (but we did end up seeing one a bit off in the distance). Honestly, though the hike is short, it's well worth it once you see the views of the Tetons off Taggart Lake. That reflection in the water is crystal clear!
Leaving Grand Tetons National Park
Our final hike was in Vail, CO at the Booth Trailhead. Though only 4 miles in length, this was by far the hardest hike we did. The first 2 miles are a steady elevation, but you're rewarded with a gorgeous waterfall view one way and a view of the valley you just climbed back behind you.
Wearing the new Outside TV Campfire x Modish Wanderer Tee
We hope these beautiful scenic photos from a recent Mountain West Road Trip have definitely inspired you to get out and wander. Whether it's a day hike at a nearby park or you start planning for a future road trip, there is so much beauty that's waiting for you to see.
Live Simply. Live Adventurous.