We're in the park for 4 nights in early August. Our family of 4 has planned three good half to full day hikes. Being that we're all into wildlife and photography, we wanted any expert insight on the best times of the day (early am dawn or late day just before dusk), best starting points, etc...
Hike #1 - Death Canyon. Looks like two starting point options. The main trailhead (other posts mention parking could be further back on the service road, no issues) or from the Rockefeller Preserve Center (we know this will add a few extra miles to the hike). We do want to climb up to the patrol cabin/ static peak trail junction. Looking for insight on which starting point provides a better chance of wildlife encounters by doing an early am or late day hike?
Hike #2 - Taggart/Bradley Lake loop - We're considering our starting point from the Lupine Meadows trailhead. Is that a good route. Not worried about the distance. Again, looking for best wildlife options either early or late day.
Hike #3 - Cascade Canyon to Lake Solitude. We've done this once before (about 10 years ago) and had a mid-morning start. Spent too long at the lake and got to the last boat shuttle with minutes to spare. We were lucky. We really want to do this again because of Moose and Bear encounters but is there a hike we're missing that is just as amazing?