Sunrise at Schwbacher Landing

On Sunday the weather produced a cloudless sky for us in Grand Teton National Park. Ryan Wright and I were contemplating whether or not to get up early for our last morning at the park. I looked at the weather forecast and it said there was a chance for clouds so I made the executive decision to get up early and go to Schwabacher Landing. The issue was that the road to the landing is closed this year so we would have to get up early to make the hike down to the landing in the dark. So with the drive to the gate and the hike it forced us to get up at 4:15am which was not really pleasant, but as the say, “The early bird catches the worm!”.  Boy did we catch a worm!

I tracked our hike on my iPhone and it was only a 25 minute hike and 1.25 miles down the the landing.  We got there in plenty of time to setup and were lucky enough to share the place with only one other photographer. Well those that talked themselves out of the early morning hike missed an amazing sunrise! The hike back up to the gate is somewhat strenuous and uphill but don’t let is sway your from the hike! This is a must see location when you are at Grand Teton National Park.

Sunrise at Schwabacher Landing
Sunrise at Schwabacher Landing | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

Capture Notes:

  • ljsaltiel

    This is awesome Rick. Jeff let us know that the road there was closed and he wasn’t planning to go there on our trip in July. Hopefully, I will be able to get there because this is a prime location as your image proves.

    • RickLouiePhoto

      Len, it is so worth the hike down to the landing. Just bring a flashlight or headlamp if you are going for sunrise. Also the reflections along the banks of the trail after sunrise are amazing. Hiking down will probably take you 30 minutes at the most. It’s 1.25 miles. Just get there early and park by the gate. As you head into the park on 89, it’s right after the Glacier View Turnout on the left. The hike back will take a little longer since it’s uphill back to the gate. Check the weather forecast and hopefully there will be clouds in the forecast for when you go. Beavers, otters and ducks will race across the pond early in the morning! Such a wonderful place!

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    • RickLouiePhoto

      Thank you, sir!

  • Toad Hollow Photo

    Good Lord, look at those mountains in the distance! How long did it take you guys to run over there and paint the sky and the mountain tops like that before you got this jaw-dropping shot?? 🙂 What an amazing photograph, my friend!!

    • RickLouiePhoto

      Your too funny! I appreciate the kind comments. It was a special morning!

  • beautiful capture Rick – I plan on being at the Tetons June 27th/2013 – going to Moab on the way

    • RickLouiePhoto

      Have a great time! Love both of those places!

  • Michael Criswell

    This is sick Rick, so Pro! well done and well worth the hike!