North Fork Cascade Canyon to String Lake Trailhead (11 miles)
We scrambled up onto a large boulder overlooking our campsite and ate breakfast. We packed the remaining food into our now almost empty bear can, just enough for our final day in this awesome backcountry.
Campsite in North Fork Cascade Canyon
Chris’s altitude headaches and fatigue from previous days were completely gone. He was thankful to be back to normal.
A storm loomed in the forecast, so we packed up a little earlier than usual. We wanted to make sure to cross Paintbrush Divide, our high point for the day, before the storm broke loose. Marmots basked in the sunlight as we set off.
Lake Solitude, though early in our day’s walk, was so nice that we opted to stop and and enjoy the view for a while. The water was clear enough to watch fish moving in its depths.
Sunset Lake to North Fork Cascade Canyon (8 miles)
The fourth day of our honeymoon backpacking trip greeted us with a glorious sunny sky once again. We ate and packed up. Chris was feeling much better — not perfect, but definitely improved from yesterday’s altitude headaches and fatigue.
We left Sunset Lake around 9:30 and headed north on the Teton Crest Trail. Today’s scenery remained impressive. In fact, we think it got better. Just 5 minutes into the day, we walked through an amazing wildflower patch. Anna was beaming.
Walking through a wildflower patch on the Teton Crest Trail
We climbed, pausing to take photos. Or maybe photography breaks were an excuse to catch our breath.
Climbing away from Alaska Basin
As we neared Hurricane Pass, the Grand Teton poked out dramatically over the ridge.
Death Canyon Shelf to Sunset Lake (4 miles)
The sun hit our tent. We quickly woke and crawled out, eager to see the light pour into the canyon below us.
Chris stretching on Death Canyon Shelf
It’s not every day you wake up on the edge of a canyon. We drank in the view, then went back in the tent and enjoyed our honeymoon suite.
Campsite on Death Canyon Shelf
It was a hard campsite to leave, but we did have a few miles to cover. We ate breakfast, packed up, and started walking.