Yellowstone 2015 Trip Part 1

Cave Falls

Cave Falls Yellowstone

Cave Falls Yellowstone

Each year we take a fishing trip to Yellowstone.  Due to it’s accessibility to the various areas of Yellowstone, Island Park and the Tetons, we typically  stay in the small farming town of Ashton, Idaho mentioned in another post.  While we call this our annual Yellowstone fishing trip, we actually only spend a part of the trip fishing in Yellowstone itself.  In this post I will touch on the Cave Falls, Yellowstone portion of our trip.

We begin our fishing trip with a journey into the south borders of Yellowstone that remain in the boundaries of Yellowstone, but are only accessible via roads through Ashton.  The destination was Cave Falls.  Cave Falls is a series of moderately large waterfalls within the Idaho portion of Yellowstone on the Falls River.

While on route to Cave Falls there is an amazing lookout point on the border area of

Yellowstone Park that looks to the south east where you can see a beautiful majestic panoramic view of the Teton mountains and associated mountain range.

I tried taking an actual panoramic shot, but this lost too much detail and I found it much more realistic to take the above double shot.  If you are not aware, the well known peaks of the Teton mountains above/near Jackson Hole, Wyoming are the two most distant pointed peaks near the center of the picture on the right.

Continuing on our drive we came to the small parking lots of Cave Falls.  The first parking spot is a small turnoff with these views.

I had not realized it until we were in the middle of our time at Cave Falls when I was taking pictures via my smartphone and a GoPro camera and fly fishing when I turned around and had a major deja vu moment and realized I had been there decades ago as a Boy Scout.

In my youth our scout troop had nearly always went to Camp Loll, one of the premiere Boy Scout camps that nearly straddles the south border of Yellowstone and the north border of the Teton’s, nestled at the north end of a lake known, affectionately known among those who have had a chance to go there, almost as though with Tom Sawyer like feel, as the Lake of the Woods.  Once, while attending Camp Loll, our scout leaders had taken us on a fishing trip to a place that seemed almost magical as a 12-13 year old boy.  I didn’t know the name of the place until this visit when I recognized it and could imagine seeing again, one of my fly fishing scout masters catch a fish in nearly the same spot I was standing in and capturing on camera about 50 yards below the falls near the island in the river.

Below is a short gopro clip where I was testing use of the gopro under water (in part to see if I could see any fish underwater.  This is the spot I turned and had the deja vu moment and realized that the spot I was standing was where my scout leader was when he caught the fish. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the same luck as he had decades before, but it was a fun experience none-the-less.

I know, there wasn’t much to see on that video clip.  Like I said, I was just testing more of the underwater functions of the gopro…and looking to see if there were any fish in that hole.  😉 This does get a little funner though, I promise. :)  To save your boredom, here’s a handful of pics of Cave Falls.

These are 2 signs at the next and primary parking area, although, the parking area is not very big and involves a small one way loop which is the end of the road.  There is not further travel into Yellowstone from this south area aside from on foot.

Cave Falls Yellowstone Trail from parking lot to upper falls

Cave Falls Yellowstone Trail from parking lot to upper falls

After these signs and trail head of sorts is a short trail that takes you to the upper falls area and access to my deja vu spot.  Below are pics of the upper falls area including the island. My deja vu spot is on the left of the island.

Cave Falls Yellowstone upper section falls & island

Cave Falls Yellowstone upper section falls & island

Cave Falls Yellowstone upper section left falls

Cave Falls Yellowstone upper section left falls

Jadon & Josh Cave Falls Yellowstone

Jadon & Josh Cave Falls Yellowstone

 

The boys are my 2 sons Jadon and Josh who often go with us.

One of my thoughts while looking at Cave Falls was that this looked like an awesome place to white water kayak down!  Unfortunately in this sense there were signs noting that navigating the Falls river via any form of vessel was not permitted.  Bummer…boofing off the falls looked like it would be pretty fun.

Panoramic from lower to upper falls

Panoramic from lower to upper falls

At any rate…here’s a panoramic from the lower to the upper falls.

The drive to and from Cave Falls Yellowstone is a mountainous scenic drive of which, except for some beaver pond areas that straddle a  small stream in parts, looks like this.

In part 2 of our Yellowstone trip we will visit a part of Henry’s For on the Snake River.  One of the longest, if not the longest river in the upper northwestern states.

 

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