We paddled String and Leigh lakes today, launching at 9 a.m. As we paddled up String Lake, we met a canoe and kayak coming the other way – they had camped on Leigh Lake the night before. There is an easy 100 yard portage between the two lakes. At first we thought we had Leigh Lake to ourselves but a rowing scull passed us as we were checking out one of the designated campsite on the lake.
Working our way along the shoreline, we marveled at the glass smooth water and the reflections. After paddling over to check out the water coming off of Mt. Moran, Leigh Canyon, and Paintbrush Canyon, we stopped to chat with a gal who had hiked in to a campsite near the mouth of Paintbrush Canyon. Flashing her hand, she announced that she’d gotten engaged last night!
Returning back towards the portage, we met numerous boats that were just setting out. Turns out the lake is fairly popular, especially with the middle of the day crowd. We checked out two of the designated back country campsites on the lake (13 & 15) and thought either would be quite nice. Two tent pads in each plus a bear box and a tall hanging pole. Turns out, the backcountry sites require a FREE permit - nice price!
This afternoon we drove in to Jackson to do some grocery shopping. Traffic! That’s all I can say!
So far, temps have been upper 80s during the day down to mid 40s at night. Once again, the campground is full tonight.