It was an exciting, and unexpected, encounter.
We backed pretty far away before we got our cameras out. The zoom makes it look closer than it was.
All of us frozen until we could determine it was safe to proceed.
Decent distance away considering we had rounded the rock corner where the Ram is standing.
Is it safe? What do we do if it charges?
Majestic. Powerful. Home field advantage.
So yeah, we originally rounded this bend and the Ram was right in front of us.
Back to the ascent.
Just keep climbing.
The Ram (and two others) opted to travel below the trail, allowing us to pass safely.
Looking back…far left lake is where we began the hike.
At 3.5 miles one way and 1,800′ elevation gain, it wasn’t a difficult hike. Almost there.
Used to be ocean bottom.
Starting to sense something uniquely special. Nearing the trail’s end, and Grinnell Glacier’s first sighting.
Hikers are constantly advising hikers in the opposite direction what lies ahead.
“Hey, we saw three Mountain Goats about 300 yards down from the trail, near the waterfall.”
We joked that unless we can pet them, it probably wouldn’t excite us.
You quickly get spoiled when you have super close encounters with the bigger animals.
Grinnell Glacier has receded and will be gone by 2030 (estimated).
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