Pilgrim Creek Road and Pacific Creek Road

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Posted by Granite Head ( on 10:37:16 08/19/17

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Pilgrim Creek Road (well marked), just south on the opposite side of the road from Colter Bay, is where the grizzly mothers hang out. In June you can be almost sure of seeing either 399 or Blondie (once this summer, BOTH were there with their COYs - I didn't see it but I would have loved to!). Last October Blondie, who had lost both her 2016 cubs, was there for a couple of days. It's a very pretty, short drive. If there's a bear, she may be far enough back from the main road that you won't see the crowd (VERY small in October compared to summer) but there very likely will be a ranger car visible. Anyway it's worth driving back there for the possibility of seeing other wildlife (deer, elk, who knows?)and the views. The road ends at Bridger-Teton National Forest, you can get out and take a look at the creek.

Pacific Creek (also signed) is to the east of the main highway a couple of miles north of the Moran entrance station. That's worth a drive too, we've seen moose and grizzlies, you never know. You can turn off it to Two Ocean Lake, which is worth hiking around - about 7 miles as I recall (always double check my memory on these things!) Be VERY bear aware there. Or you can continue much farther up Pacific Creek Road into the national forest area, it's quite wonderful because you never know what you'll see. If it's been wet, use caution, it gets kinda' gushy the farther you go.

This is Blondie (#793), Pilgrim Creek, on October 6 2016.

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