Grand Park (Aug 7, 2010)

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grand_park_coverConditions: Day Hike
Gear: nothing special
Map: USGS Sunrise
Area: MRNP White River Side
Reference: n/a
Stats: 9.32mi, 1544' gain (round trip)

It's been a while since I've been to Gran Park (MRNP). Jim suggested going in via the back door (a shortcut via Lake Eleanor) and I was game. Hiking in from Sunrise is an awfully long day.

We parked at the TH, the sharp bend in the road where it crossed Eleanor Creek (4540') and were on our way up the trail before 9am. Jim had hiked this route in and the trail isn't on any map. Jim though at least knew the way. The trail follows the creek at first then for the second half of the trip to Eleanor, it's further away. We reached the outlet to the lake (there is a campground here) at about 5000'. We didn't stay too long...the bugs were out.

From the lake, the trail rounds the east ridge of Scarface and then drops down a bit to the first meadow. Not many flowers here. Then we were back into the forest, hiking uphill to the far northeast end of Grand Park.

As we entered Grand Park we found low clouds. The mountain never did come fully out but enough of it did show to give one knowledge of it's impressive size. Most of the flowers in the park were past prime (seems like right around July 4th is when Grand Park's flowers tend to peak).

We stopped for lunch around 11:30am and the light breeze meant the bugs were minimal. Nice. It was actually a bit chilly and we put on a few layers.

After lunch we continued on the Northern Loop trail south stopping again for a short break where the trail starts to drop down to Affi Falls.

We turned around after this second break and headed back out the way we came returning to the car just after 3pm.
 
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