Tripple Tree Trail is a very beautiful hike through foothills and a forest. While the view is breathtaking at times, it is not the only thing worth watching out for. This trail sees all kinds of wildlife throughout the year. It's calving grounds for elk and deer. It attacts bears in the fall due to a concentration of berries they eat to store fat for hibernation. And then there's my favorite: mountain lions.
Mind you, I've heard a mountain lion while hiking twice now. Once in Leverich Canyon. Now, once in this canyon. No, I don't have pictures. Being a lone hiker, in both cases, I hightailed it out of there. In fact, this time, I was fortunate to share some of the down route with a family that was out hiking. The claim is your chances for being seen as a meal are less if you are in a large group. So a big thank you to them!
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