Last week was sunny and gorgeous (unlike today’s random rain), so on my day off from Barker-Ewing, I decided to go for a hike up the “town hill” – Snow King Mountain. Here we call it a hill, though I suppose it isn’t, since it rises 1,771 feet above town.
It’s mid-summer, which can get a little crazy around town. Which is understandable when you are the gateway to Grand Teton National Park AND Yellowstone. The narrow streets of Jackson seem to be bursting at their seams with all the traffic passing through.
So anyways, I was in town early and decided to hike up Snow King. And what a welcome relief it was. Town looked quaint and even peaceful, from 8,005 feet. You could see Flat Creek as it meanders through the Elk Refuge towards town, and the Tetons in the distance. And everyone I encountered on the trail was so NICE!
Seriously, nearly every single person I passed along the way made an effort to smile, or caught their breath enough to say “Hi.” From 7 years to 70, all kinds of folks were making their way to the summit, and all seemed to appreciate the respite from the city pavement as much as I did. If you want to be surrounded by happy, relaxed people, hike Snow King.
~Laura, Barker-Ewing Office
Wildly Scenic is a blog by Barker-Ewing employees and fellow river enthusiasts.
Established in 1963, Barker-Ewing Float Trips has been sharing the beauty and wonder of Grand Teton National Park with visitors from around the world for over 40 years, floating beneath the Tetons on the headwaters of the Snake River.