Yellowstone Backcountry Trails

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Part 17 [Electric Peak, 10969 Feet Above Sea Level]

We were in Montana now, having crossed from Wyoming when we hit a high saddle on the mountain.

Electric Peak is the highest mountain in the Gallatin Range of southern Montana. It's the 6th highest mountain in Yellowstone National Park.

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We turned around before the top. The route got a little sketchy. In hindsight, we should've climbed it.
 
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Part 18 [Back to Camp]

We headed back to 1G4.
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We arrived safe and sound back at our campsite in Wyoming.
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Part 19 [Electric Divide]

We set out from camp the next morning on Sportsman Lake Trail.
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Gaining elevation near the top of the divide.
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Dropping down on the other side.
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Part 21 [The Cabin in the Woods]

We were a few miles into Montana.
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Considering the right direction at at trail junction.
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The Sportsman Lake Patrol Cabin
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Taking a break on the porch.
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A bull elk came in and bugled.
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Hanging bear bags.
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A moose walked by at dusk. (Or maybe it was a bigfoot.)
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Part 22 [Sportsman Lake Trail to Fawn Creek Trail]

We set out from camp the next morning for the hike out. Goodbye to WD3. Farewell to Sportsman Lake.
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We never saw them. But the bears were there.
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Part 23 [Fawn Pass Trailhead]

We continued hiking out. It was our last day in the backcountry.
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More bear sign.
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We saw three other people during this backpack: these two riders and another climber on Electric Peak. People who never visit the backcountry are the ones who consider Yellowstone a crowded park. They're not wrong. They're just lacking the perspective of being miles and miles from the nearest road. It's also a very isolated place.
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And, before we knew it, we were at the trailhead looking back at the trail.
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Part 24 [Grant Campground]

We had a couple of days left in the park. We stayed at an established frontcountry campground.
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Part 25 [Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone]

We spent our last couple of days in the park seeing some of the more famous attractions.
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Part 29 [Leaving Yellowstone]

And that was it. We did the obligatory group photo at the entrance sign.
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But was it the last national park experience of the trip?
 

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Part 30 [Grand Teton National Park]

We had taken a route to Yellowstone that did not go through it's neighbor, Grand Teton. But we hit it on the way back.
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We just a made a few roadside stops as we drove through.
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Part 31 [Conclusion]

That was it. We kept on driving home.

Taking one last look back over the old plywood topper.
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The trip was in the books: We had two backpacking trips in one. We did some touristy stuff. And we drove a bunch.

Thanks for reading.
 
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