I spent this week camping with my dad at the Warm River Campground of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest about 9 miles northeast of Ashton, Idaho. I’ve included some photos including a travelogue of two rail trails in the area and some bear tracks.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
My dad at Upper Mesa Falls.
Me at Upper Mesa Falls.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Today my 81-year-old dad and I rode the Yellowstone Branch Line Trail up and back from the Warm River Campground to the Warm River Fish Hatchery Road for a total of 17.9 miles as recorded by my GPS. The first three miles of the trail are restricted to hikers, bicycles, and horses (and snowmobiles in the winter). The remainder of the trail is also open to motorcycles and ATVs.
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It’s a beautiful trail with great views of Warm River.
There’s also a tunnel about 3.3 miles up the trail from the campground.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Today I rode the Ashton-Tetonia Rail Trail, while my dad met me in the truck at a couple points along the trail. I rode 12.4 miles of the 29.6 mile long trail.
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Here’s the map at the trailhead in Ashton.
Here I am at the crossing of Idaho Highway 47 at Maryville.
Looking towards the Grand Tetons from the rail trail.
Zoomed in on the Grand Tetons.
Me arriving at Drummond.
Looking south at Idaho Highway 32 from where the railroad grade crosses 4400 East.
Passing the granary with Idaho Highway 32 to the left. The railroad grade is to the right of the granary.
Looking west towards the granary and the eastern end of the detour. My dad is in the foreground with his truck to the left in the background next to Idaho Highway 32.