|Hike Name:||Grand Teton National Park - Bradley Lake|
|Trip Date:||June 22, 1998|
|Trip Weather:||Sunny, Partly Sunny, Partly Cloudy, Cloudy|
|Trip Winds:||Light to Moderate|
|Trip Precipitation:||Rain, Showers, Thunderstorms|
|Trip Temperature:||High: 71-80, Low: 31-40 degrees Fahrenheit|
|Trip Report:||The Ox and I left Taggart Lake Trailhead with some day-hikers this morning around 10am under sunny skies. It was a beautiful day and the views from the trail were equally magnificent. The Taggart Lake area was still recovering from the ’88 wildfires just ten years ago, but for some reason the area around Bradley Lake was spared. We hiked to the campsite at Bradley Lake by noon then sat on the rocks and had a relaxing lunch. We also took some time to rig up our fly rods, but scattered showers rolled through the area and we had to hide under some trees and wait out the storm. Once the showers slowed, The Ox and I hiked to a creek mouth on the other side of the lake and cast some flies in the shallows. We could see rises from a number of fish in the middle of the lake, but had no luck getting to them. By mid-afternoon, the rain picked up again and The Ox and I headed back to the campsite to hang out in the tent and warm the feet from the 54 degree lake water and 42 degree creek water. Once the rain stopped, we got out the fly rods again and went down to the bridge area but after an hour the rain picked up and we decided to fish through it.
By late evening, the storms cleared out and we started a nice fire. The two Foster oil cans were also a bonus after the Ox cooled them in the lake all day. After dark (which was around 9:30pm – 10pm), the clouds gave way to clear skies with tons of stars. We stayed up until around 11pm, then sacked out. The following morning, The Ox was finally successful on the lake and caught two cutthroat between 6-8am at the stream. I woke to rain at 8am and sacked out again for a while. We decided to hike out due to the weather and finished a loop around Taggart Lake this morning. On the way to Taggart, the rain stopped as we left Bradley Lake, and we had to bail off the trail to avoid a large bull moose that was walking right toward us on the trail.