July 20, 2017
Grebe Lake Back country- Yellowstone Adventure
Greetings from Mammoth Hot Springs,
Yesterday afternoon our group exited our first backcountry of the trip. For two nights we camped out on the banks of Greebe Lake. Greebe Lake marks the start of the Gibbon River which eventually joins the Firehole River to form the Madison. What makes Greebe so special is the healthy population of Arctic Grayling which call it home. Greebe, Ice, and Wolf lakes are the last place in Yellowstone to catch these native fish which were once widespread in the park. We battled some wind on our first day at Greebe, but that did not stop everyone in our group from catching a fish. On our layover day we made a day hike to Wolf and Ice lakes. The smaller lakes had some better protection from the wind, and the result was some great fishing! Everyone caught some rainbow trout, and almost all of us were able to land some elusive Grayling.
Our group made the hike out look easy, most likely due to the motivation of some hot showers. Tonight and tomorrow we will be staying at Mammoth Campground where we will take advantage of some fishing on the Gardner river for some trophy cutthroat and brown trout, and Obsidian Creek for some wild brook trout. Between the fishing we will head to the town of Gardner for some laundry and a delicious Burger. Some visits to the boiling river for a swim in the natural hot springs will fill any remaining free time.
We will send out another update before we head back into the backcountry on the 22nd.