Buffalo Meadows - July 29, 2018

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Scatman
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Buffalo Meadows - July 29, 2018

Post by Scatman » Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:43 am

Well, to finish off the report on our trip to Little Firehole Meadows and our subsequent day hikes, on our third day, we had to move campsites from 0D2 back down the trail to 0D3 at the Little Firehole River Falls. I had originally requested, back in April, campsite 0D2 for three nights but someone else already had it for the night of July 29th, so this is why we had to move.

Day 3 - The hike to Buffalo Meadows was pretty straight forward. We'd move campsites, then backtrack back to the Little Firehole Meadows where we would pick up the creek in the northern quarter of the meadows, that flows south out of Buffalo Meadows, and just follow it north. From campsite 0D3, it was approximately 8 miles round trip. Now initially before I knew we had to move campsites, I had planned to hike to the west end of Buffalo Meadows and gain the high point along the ridge so that I could get a good shot looking back east of the entire meadows. Since we had to move campsites though, and with the marshy conditions of the meadows, this became unattainable from a time standpoint. So we ended up making it to the east end of the meadows where we stopped and enjoyed a late long lunch before returning to our camp.

I must say, the hike along the creek to Buffalo Meadows was wonderful. Hiking through tall grasses and listening to the stream flowing beside us was very peaceful and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I must admit though that for a stretch along the stream (maybe half a mile), the mosquitoes were the worst I have ever encountered in Yellowstone.

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Map of our day hike to Buffalo Meadows on day 3

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Breaking down camp at campsite 0D2

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Monkshood along the trail on our way to campsite 0D3

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Signpost for campsite 0D3

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Heading back out through Little Firehole Meadows, this time heading north. The little depression in the ridge is where we are headed to. This is where the stream that originates in Buffalo Meadows flows through a small canyon.

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We found the stream. Yea!

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The stream between Buffalo Meadows and Little Firehole Meadows

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Another stream shot

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Of course, we had to cross the creek many times on our way due to difficult terrain

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Our first glimpse of Buffalo Meadows

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Buffalo Meadows - looking west. Lighting conditions weren't the best once we reached the meadows, but you can make out the high point along the western ridge that I had originally planned to get to.

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Buffalo Meadows - looking slightly northwest from where we ate our lunches

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On our way to and from Buffalo Meadows, the canyon wall narrowed to where we had to hike up above on the ridge before dropping back down to the stream. This is what it looked like on the ridge.

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Back at the stream, after hiking back down the ridge, on our way back to camp

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Back at Little Firehole Meadows

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Little Firehole River Falls at campsite 0D3

Day 4 - We packed up and headed back to the Biscuit Basin Trailhead

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Heading back to the trailhead

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Looking out towards Old Faithful, just before descending to Mystic Falls

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Looking down the Little Firehole River and out into Upper Geyser Basin

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We made it! Back at the Biscuit Basin parking lot

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Trip overview map - Four days and a touch over 30 miles hiked and backpacked.

A great trip! The weather cooperated for the most part, just the thunderstorm coming back from Plateau Lake. We did get some frost on our tent flies the second night. Wildlife include the Pine Marten, a Golden Eagle, numerous hawks and of course squirrels, chipmunks and various birds. There were signs of elk and deer up on the Madison Plateau but we never saw any.

The end.



lah
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Re: Buffalo Meadows - July 29, 2018

Post by lah » Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:55 am

What a cool adventure. Thanks for sharing info/pix on a place I will never be able to see in person.



billandkaren
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Re: Buffalo Meadows - July 29, 2018

Post by billandkaren » Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:30 am

Looks beautiful! Thanks for posting.

Bill



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