Paintbrush Canyon

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Distance9.0mi
Elevation Gain24ft
Trailhead Elevation6,876ft
Top6,884ft
Elevation Min/Max6870/6884ft
Elevation Start/End6876/6876ft

Paintbrush Canyon

Paintbrush Canyon is a hiking trail in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It is within Grand Teton National Park. It is 9.0 miles long and begins at 6,876 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 24 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings. The Paintbrush Divide (elevation 10,699 feet) and Hitchrail information guideposts can be seen along the trail. Near the end of the trail is a watering place. This trail connects with the following: Paintbrush Trail and String Lake Trail.

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"Holly Lake is nestled in a gorgeous alpine setting within a glacial cirque at the base of Mount Woodring in Paintbrush Canyon. The views from the glacial tarn include Rockchuck Peak, The Jaw, Mount St. John, Leigh Lake, and Jackson Lake. Even though the steep-walled Paintbrush Canyon is located in the central part of the Teton Range, it is one of the quieter, less-traveled canyons. The trail to Holly Lake begins between String and Leigh Lakes and is a steady uphill climb through the canyon." Read more
Hiking Grand Teton National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"One of the premier hikes in Grand Teton National Park, best as a long, hard day hike or two-day backpacking adventure" Read more
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Robert Stone
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"Holly Lake sits in a glacial cirque at the southern base of Mount Woodring in Paintbrush Canyon. Nestled in a gorgeous alpine setting, the views from the glacial tarn include Rockchuck Peak, The Jaw, Mount St. John, Leigh Lake, and Jackson Lake. The steep-walled Paintbrush Canyon, in the central part of the Teton Range, is one of the quieter, less traveled canyons. The trail to Holly Lake begins between String and Leigh Lakes and is a steady uphill climb through the canyon." Read more

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7/12/2010
This was our first trip in the Tetons and what a trip it was! We initially planned on doing the whole loop, however, a few hikers that we ran into said the divide was "treacherous" at the time. Since we did not have our ice axes or crampons we opted out. Still a great hike with GREAT scenery!
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8/12/2007
We wanted to get to the divide and do a loop back through Cascade canyon but we turned around at Holly Lake - being too ambitious for our first day in the Tetons. As it was, we saw a falcon, a weasle, a moose and a lot of tremendous mountain scenery. The water coming down into the canyon was spectacular, as was the view back downcanyon toward the lakes. Once the trail gets going Uphill (with a capital U)it is sunny and rocky.
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7/8/2001
I started down to the lake about 15 minutes before dusk to get the 'perfect' picture of the Tetons in the setting sun. Although this is a very nice trail, mostly level with interesting and enjoyable views, I did not have the best experience on it. I decided to take a 'shortcut' that was unmarked, but looked as though it cut through the woods directly to the water's edge. It doesn't. Friends, don't ever assume something is a shortcut based on what you can see. While we were there, there was a warning about a female bear hanging out in this area, and in fact, earlier that evening, a bear had lumbered right through our campsite. So there I was, about halfway through a two-mile trail with the sun gone from the sky. I ended up running through the woods, singing at the top of my lungs, trying to get back to the campground before the last light left the sky. But after I got over my fright, I was disappointed that I didn't get to explore the trail more. It was a beautiful area, though, and hopefully you all will remember to always bring a buddy!
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Trail Information

Grand Teton National Park
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Grand Teton National Park
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Easy to Difficult
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Bridger Teton National Forest
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USGS: Jenny Lake and Mount Moran
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