From the bloggers at Interstellar Orchard.
In the last week, I have added a whopping twenty miles to my hiking total for this season. For newcomers to Yellowstone National Park puts on this little competition called the 100 mile Hiking Club. Employees have the summer season to hike 100 miles within the greater Yellowstone ecosystem (includes the national forests and Grand Teton National Park too) before the end of September. Everyone who signs up gets a tee-shirt and hiking book, people who complete the challenge get another shirt and a keychain.
Around 9 a.m. I find myself skulking around the visitor cabins behind the Old Faithful Lodge, looking for Mallard Lake trail, which I hear starts down by the river. Tourists are rollings their belongings out of the cabins to head on down the road and I get a couple curious looks as I weave my way back and forth. Finally I ask one of the housekeepers, and he tells me it’s behind the employee gymnasium (yes, we have one of those) by the construction.
Next to a gate where construction equipment comes and goes, a little sign points to a worn track just on the outside of the fence. This is where Mallard Lake trail currently starts, it isn’t very obvious.
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