Must come back when it isn't so hot!
Inks Lake State Park
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Distance: 2.50 Miles
This trip was another checkout for an upcoming Grand Teton trip. I reconfigured my pack and I think I have it riding very well. We didn't due the outer loop since we'd day-hiked around the lake all day and since we got started about 7pm. We did one of the smaller loops and set up camp for the night. The trail was GREAT and I must get back out here when it gets cooler to do the entire outer loop.
If you visit the park, be sure to come early and visit the Devil's Waterhole area. This area is right where the lake opens up (the opposite end of the park from the trails described here). The river is passing through a rather tight canyon of metamorphic gneiss (very old, hard crystalline rock). Do yourself a favor and put on your hiking sandals and hike up this canyon about 1/2 mile to a nice cascade. It also makes for a great way to cool off after the longer loop hike described above. This area reminds me of the slickrock regions of northern Arizona or southern Utah. There is it sandstone and here it is gneiss, but either way it is beautiful.