Open Canyon Trail

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Distance1.5mi
Elevation Gain344ft
Trailhead Elevation6,564ft
Top6,564ft
Elevation Min/Max6372/6564ft
Elevation Start/End6564/6564ft

Open Canyon Trail

Open Canyon Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It is within Grand Teton National Park. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 6,564 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 344 feet.

Open Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Mount Hunt Divide sits at the base of Mount Hunt between Prospectors Mountain and Apres Vous Peak. From the stark, jagged terrain at the summit are magnificent top-of-the-world views of the southern Teton Range, including the predominant Rendezvous Mountain and Apres Vous Peak to the south (the back side of the Jackson Hole Ski Resort), Prospectors Mountain and the major Teton Peaks to the north, and the Gros Ventre Range far to the east.

From the Open Canyon Creek bridge (Hike 9), the trail continues parallel to the creek, then steeply zigzags up the canyon through spruce, fir, and pines to Mount Hunt Divide, a thousand feet below Mount Hunt. The divide lies between Open Canyon and Granite Canyon, the next drainage to the south."

"Open Canyon rests between Death Canyon and Granite Canyon along the Teton front range. It is a shallow canyon in relation to the other Teton canyons. Open Canyon is a V-shaped canyon formed by water erosion rather than the typical U-shaped canyons formed by moving glacial ice. The lightly used Open Canyon Trail, due west of Phelps Lake, climbs 4.7 miles up the canyon to the Mount Hunt Divide at 9,710 feet. The trail then heads down the slope to join with the Granite Canyon Trail. This hike curves around the north end of Phelps Lake and heads up Open Canyon to the Open Canyon Creek bridge."

"Mount Hunt Divide sits at the base of Mount Hunt between Prospectors Mountain and Apres Vous Peak. From the stark, jagged terrain at the summit are magnificent top-of-the-world views of the southern Teton Range, including the predominant Rendezvous Mountain and Apres Vous Peak to the south (the back side of the Jackson Hole Ski Resort), Prospectors Mountain and the major Teton Peaks to the north, and the Gros Ventre Range far to the east. From the Open Canyon Creek bridge, the trail parallels the creek, then steeply zigzags up the south side of the canyon through spruce, fir, and pines to Mount Hunt Divide."

"Open Canyon, due west of Phelps Lake, rests between Death Canyon and Granite Canyon along the Teton front range. It is a shallow canyon in relation to the other canyons in the park. Open Canyon is V-shaped, formed by water erosion rather than the typical U-shaped canyons formed by scouring glacial ice."

Open Canyon Trail Reviews

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7/1/2012
The plan sounded easy - Phleps Lake through Open Canyon to Mt. Hunt Divide to Marion Lake through Fox Creek Pass down to Death Canyon and out at Phelps Lake again. In reality, the first 8 miles to the top of Mt. Hunt Divide is strenous enough even for a park ranger to call it "an ambisious hike". Now add 40lbs. pack on your back and a first day in elevation over 5,000 feet and you can imagine our struggle. However, the views and the vastness of the mountains, the meadows, and the valleys vere absolutely unsuppressed and one of a kind. There was snow on trails but not enough to hinder our pleasant experience. Death Canyon is a day hike destination, so you will encounter more traffic there, while Phelps Lake is almost like a mall on a rainy day, with the coresponding foot traffic.
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Grand Teton National Park
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Grand Teton National Park
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Bridger Teton National Forest
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USGS: Grand Teton • Adventure Maps: Jackson Hole
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