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Old 07-30-2016, 11:08 AM   #407
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Danielle and I will defer to your knowledge of the area and weather/fire conditions and things may change in the next week or so with weather/fire. Looking at the web site for Gros Ventre it certainly looks appealing. Danielle and I were already considering a side trip or backtracking to Grand Teton NP in order to spend more time in the area so overnighting there would be fine with us.
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Old 07-30-2016, 03:47 PM   #408
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I would be tempted to camp the evening at a parking lot near Medicine Bow Peak.

Bring mosquito repellant. You may be on their menu.

Sounds like a great plan--thanks for your advice.

We drove over Snowy Range Pass years ago, but only spent a few minutes reading the interpretive signs at a turn out near the pass. Always wanted to check the area out. So many lakes, too little time.

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Your Teton-view site sounds interesting. The last time we stayed in a park with "cheek by jowl" campsites, the neighbor's monster 5th wheel had its water heater next to our bedroom. The water heater burner wasn't adjusted correctly so it sounded like a jet engine when it ran--which it did every so often all night long.

. . .oh give me a home where the buffalo roam, and the skies are not cloudy all day. . .
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Old 07-31-2016, 04:20 PM   #409
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alternate for Granite Creek

I prefer dispersed campsites to structured ones(like Gros Vente) primarily because they are so confining for my dog. There are several dispersed sites between Moran and Jackson that I have not been to but get good reviews on Campendium. They may require the group to split up for a couple of days. They are from north to south:

www.campendium.com/upper-teton-view 43.7638 -110.5538
There is also lower-teton view and appear to be pull outs further up FR 30310 6 miles south of Moran

www.campendium.com/shadow-mountain 43.7002 -110.6163 + more pullouts further up. 23.3 miles from Moran.

Note: Gros Vente gets good reviews on campendium too.

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Old 07-31-2016, 05:41 PM   #410
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Shadow Mountain Off the Grid site

Tom is onto one of my earlier Threads somewhere on the Forum... posted with photographs. It caught his attention and it caught mine, eight years ago. One photograph was the Grand Teton outside one window view.

This is the site I mentioned this in Post #401, but with fewer details.

Shadow Mountain.

The south entrance is steep, narrow and you need to dodge the ruts on the way up... and down. Once on top of the south access is a pullout on the East side of the gravel/dirt road, that would hold four to five trailers in a row. You HAVE to access this pullout area on the north turnout as you will drag your bumper going in or out on the south turnout. There is a large fire pit on the south end that the locals come and live it up.

This was with our 23 foot Safari in tow.

You NEED four wheel drive, so not to lose traction to be safe. It can be done in trailers up to 23 feet, as we did it. On our way down after camped for the evening, a small Tour Bus with Japanese Tourists met us half way up this narrow road and I was able to back into a pullout, so they could pass.

Just north of this open area was a nice pullout among the pine trees. The first photo shows an open area... that is where we camped. A truck and horse trailer were camped at the spot within the pines, so did not investigate further.

If you look at your DeLorme Atlas, or map look for FR30340. I am curious if the north access is better... or worse.

Detach your trailer in the Parking Lot at the base of this climb and drive the tow vehicle to the top and proceed all the way down on the North access to check that side out.

This is not for the timid, unsure or those who have tried to avoid more difficult access campsites. Once on top the view is spectacular. The ride up and down... even more spectacular. Only, 2.5 miles of hoping no one is... coming down or up.

You will talk about this campsite in National Forest for years. I am sure more options will show up before we shove off into the wilds of Wyoming. This site... it will not be crowded with trailers!

"My original note in my Atlas: 2.5 miles from Visitor Center (gravel Parking Lot), turn off FR30344 after 0.7 miles, go East on FR30340D 2.5 miles."
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Old 07-31-2016, 06:02 PM   #411
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Ray, we very ordinary drivers, unskilled with very steep or otherwise treacherous roads, are going to be able to get to the sites you've chosen, aren't we?

I'm envisioning sitting some of these out...alone and untended by others in the wilderness...because fear will grip me and prevent me driving further.


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Old 07-31-2016, 06:06 PM   #412
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Upper Teton View...

Have never been to the Upper Teton View. As Tom has indicated, there are many NFS sites to discover this time of year. These are two with coordinates!

Maybe damp and mosquito area, as is most of the Jackson Hole area.. for your information.

Everyone has some other sites to think about. Splitting up in this area around Jackson and Moran Junction with a 9AM designated meeting site for the following morning, could accommodate the 'wild bunch' among the group.

The surprise will be when we leave Double Cabin.

Another option with Granite Springs out... is to spend the extra time to Alpine and Grey's River to Sheep Creek area.

There are so many possibilities it becomes a matter of TIME versus WHERE to Off the Grid camp.

Tom and Anonymous have stepped forward... use your imagination. We are all in this together. This could be a repeat of the Green River Rendezvous near Daniel, Wyoming 1825. Bring some Beaver Pelts from Beaver Rim.
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If that's an answer to my question, I'm not understanding it.


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I'm envisioning sitting some of these out...alone and untended by others in the wilderness...because fear will grip me and prevent me driving further.

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Reply to Maggie's Post #411 and #413.

Maggie votes for the Jackson Hole Albertson's Parking Lot as an option. Open Monday to Sunday, 5AM to 11PM. (Their watermelons can be expensive and over ripe, so be careful.)

Bears are attracted to lone vehicles parked in Wyoming. So, you will have no choice but to follow 'any' Airstream in front of you. If our 25 foot International and tow vehicle can manage to over come Mother Nature... your 22 foot Interstate is a 'butterfly among tortoises'.
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Old 08-01-2016, 09:02 AM   #415
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Some miscellaneous points to understand...

We are outfitting our trailer and by the end of this week will be 100% ready to roll.

Some members of this Adventure I know from previous trips. Many are new. It will take a day or two for new members to understand, that we move as a group and not independently... unless you have your own travel plan and your own hours. This accounts for the posts that describe some of the procedures found within previous posts. You could be experienced or inexperienced... there is no way to know until we are setting up campsites. So actual information is given out so you know what to expect.

When traveling upon two lane highways, it is best to leave enough space between yourself and the trailer in tow you are following. This makes it possible for passing vehicles, not in our group, to pass safely. Having everyone bunched up prevents others to pass, safely.

I am comfortable going the posted speed limit, even when with a group. If you prefer to travel slower, find a position in the caravan that prefers five or ten miles slower. You know the itinerary and it would be very difficult to not see a group of Airstreams camped along a Forest Service Road.

No. If the speed limit is 75 or 80mph... this is an exception.


No, I have not towed 1,000,000 miles as some on the Forum boast. Even a fool can get lucky, although may create dangerous situations, yet avoids being caught in their own messes. As we all know, no matter if you go the speed limit or faster... there are others who find you and your trailer in front of them in traffic as an obstacle, needing to pass you at any speed.

No. We will not be traveling upon dangerous roads, bear infested RV Parks, Pot Smoker Rallies in the forest, or a large number of other options that can be imagined. At any time if you feel threatened or uncomfortable, complete your Wyoming Adventure under your conditions.

If you want to know what the plan for the day or next travel plan... talk to me first and not someone, who may not have a clue, but professes to hold privileged information. Depending on last moment information, plans can and will change.

When Nancy and I travel solo... we make changes. It is more difficult with a group, as there is a comfort level knowing what to expect. So... be prepared to be flexible, not that anything will be altered.

This is an experiment if a group can work together where Solo Campers operate. It may not be possible to please everyone. That is not the purpose of this Adventure. This is to push your comfort level further into the unknown. After a couple days, you will be capable of making these trips on your own... and enjoy every moment!
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Old 08-01-2016, 01:02 PM   #416
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Sorry I'm late to the dance as I was away at a Bluegrass festival for the weekend. Gros Ventre sounds just fine. A burnt out area holds no appeal to me. The options of showers and electricity would certainly appeal to my DW Laura.
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Granite Creek is OFF the Itinerary....

Granite Creek is officially OFF the itinerary. The charred remains of forest will have an odor that will permeate your clothing, your trailer and will take a lot of effort and time to remove. No reason to take us into this area this year.

I have been studying over optional campsites. Any needed to pass... muster.

- Accessible to all.
- Convenient to proceed the next day's Off the Grid site(s) along Grey's River to Sheep Creek.
- Detour around large a huge burn area.

This will be an opportunity to explore anything between Moose, WY and Alpine, WY. Remember, we will have to all meet at a designated location, this will be the perfect town of Alpine, WY. Mark it onto your map. This is the where we will access Grey's River for August 21st for Off the Grid campsites and then the Up and Overs to Oregon Buttes.

Several options for campsites have been offered. The majority are playing it safe and... staying quiet. Especially if are not familiar with these areas!

Nancy and I have trailer camped these areas during 2006 and 2007 with our 23 foot Safari in tow. The following post will break down YOUR options... and what fits your comfort level for this one day.
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Camping Options for August 21st... Palisades Reservoir, Idaho

tmcguffy has offered two Off the Grid sites. Shadow Mountain and Upper Teton View.

-Upper Teton View. Never been there, but great view of the Grand Teton, as well!

-Shadow Mountain is for very experienced navigators of steep and narrow access road to the campsite. I did it once and will not do the South Route as a casual campsite. Maybe explore the north access some day, but been there, done it. I am sure that Tom will find either Shadow Mountain or Upper Teton View to his liking. This would be for those who can hook up with Tom and really experience what your Airstream and 4x4 tow vehicle can do. You will be impressed, but I will have to pass on this option... this time.

Anonymous offered Gros Ventre Campground (307-543-3100). Almost a sure thing to find a campsite. It is flat, bushy, wet and bring bug spray. A very safe option for finding a campsite at $11 for Senior pass holders. This would suit 100% of those wanting an easy option. I need a little more than safe, but still this is a viable option for anyone.

Nancy and I like.... Idaho, this time. Palisades Reservoir, just west of Alpine, WY.
N43.19.562 W111.12.917 - 5,742 feet elevation, at Palisades Dam. We paid $12 in 2007 and no doubt with Senior Pass at that today. (877-444-6777) Reservations, or Pot Luck Chance It... We will chance finding an open site.

Calamity Point Campground (our 2007 site)
Riverside Park Campground (has dump station)
Palisades Creek Campground

This is where we will be hunting a campsite to stay overnight. Anyone is welcome to look over the various campgrounds, or find their own. When Highways 26 and 89 split, Highway 26 goes west to Idaho and towards Palisades Reservoir.

Our Designated Meeting Location will be along Highway 89 through the center Alpine, WY. Time will be between 9AM to 10AM. We will decide time to gather, once we arrive in area, from Double Cabin.

Get your map out, look it over. Check the internet descriptions of all of these sites. Find your comfort level. These sites along Palisades Reservoir and the Snake River are convenient and well developed.
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Since I am not a part of this adventure, take it for what it's worth. First the Palisades campgrounds on the Idaho/Wyoming border are great. But considering that the fishing along Highway 26 on the Wind River both above and below Dubois is great, someone may wish to dawdle along there. Drys mornings and evenings and woolly buggers or prince nymphs are good in the shadows mid-day.
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