tman wrote:This is all great information!! sounds like everyone has substantial exp. in both places. I am going a few days early so could possibly get permits in Tetons. Glacier only lets you get backcountry permits up to 24 hours prior no sooner? wouldn't this be the same for GTNP?
Yeah, I checked the NPS site and it does say 1 day in advance, guess they changed the procedure. But like Scott said, you can build your itinerary around Alaska Basin that doesn't require permits.
tman wrote:If we only have one vehicle whats the best way to get back to original trailhead from the finish? shuttle/hitching? Looks like the tram to the top of the ski area and hiking north the 30+ miles is a good one.
I've hitchhiked from Jenny Lake to Jackson. Also, Jackson Lake Lodge runs shuttles that run between Jenny Lake and Jackson Lake Lodge from the Lodge there is another shuttle that goes to the town of Jackson, from there you can hop on a bus to Teton Village. I would check with Jackson Lake Lodge come summer about their shuttle schedules... Jackson Lodge is a great place to grab beer and a burger apres hike and watch sunset and wildlife from the deck...