Valley Trail

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Elevation Gain436ft
Trailhead Elevation7,419ft
Elevation Min/Max7019/7419ft
Elevation Start/End7419/7419ft

Valley Trail

Valley 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 7,419 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is three miles with a total elevation gain of 436 feet. This trail connects with the following: Amphitheater Lake Trail.

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Hiking Grand Teton National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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Valley Trail Reviews

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Originally we planned to follow the trails as it described here, but when we arrived to the park and tried to arrange the campsites at ranger station, most of the campsites have been filled up and we have to change the dates or the route. Because of the campsite availability we had only two campsite areas on the route: South Fork Cascade Creek and Death Canyon. So, we decided to add additional loop to the root and after the Alaskan Basin go through the Death Canyon Shelf, turn and get back to Phelps lake. It added about 10 miles to the route. The tough part was that it extended the distance to hike and shortened the time. We had only three days. What can I say? We made it. Yes, it was really challenging, but quite exciting. The trail is difficult, there are at least three climbs and descents about 600-800 meters. (multiple by 3 to get feet). We sidestepped to get to the Avalanche Divide, which gives great views. Since it is a side trail, we left our backpacks on the main trail to get there, but it took us about 2-3 hours (round trip), which added to our second most exhausting hike on the trail (we covered about 17 miles that day). In conclusion I have to say that the trail is difficult, but not impossible, but after that you will be in great shape, exhausted, happy and will never forget the views and emotions you went through. It really worth it. But, take it a bit slower than we did :)
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I hiked this trail with my brother in late summer '05. The trail was challenging, but offered great views throughout the entire trip. There was an abundant water supply for us at all times. We did get plenty of rain so bring rain gear and a good tent. Also be sure not to find yourself on Hurricane Pass during the rain (that got a little unsettling). The campgrounds were always by water and offered flat ground to pitch a tent. We busted the trail up into 3 nights and that seemed to be as fast as we cared to go. Some of the ascents got tough, but the view from the top was worth it. We went counter-clockwise starting from Jenny Lake, and after the descent from Static Peak we were glad we didn't come the other from direction. There were bear boxes at all three of the campgrounds we stayed at. We came face to face with a couple of moose that seemed to like our trail, and apparently 'just missed' the bears twice. The trail is populated around Jenny Lake with fanny-packers and we did see people when another trail would intersect, but for the most part you are deep enough that only serious backpackers could be found. The guide from this site and the topo maps were very useful, as was a detailed map that we purchased at the ranger station during campground registration (which took about 5 min). Overall, it was a fantastic trail and I will definitely do it again.
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Sun. My 21 year-old son and I went to the Jenny Lake Ranger Station to get our Back Country permits. The ranger we talked to was surprisingly not helpful. He offered no advice on camp sites, side trails, daily distances, nothing. Anyhow, we left our car and String Lake and took a cab ($50 w/o tip) to the Teton Village Tram. We got a late start on the trail and camped the first night in Middle something campsite(?) Mon. Hiked to Marion Lake. The day was bright and sunny and so we dived in. We swam and ate lunch and then took off for the Death Canyon Shelf. The trails are gorgeous, fields of wildflowers surrounded by the most Awe-inspiring scenery in the world. Tues. Started off for the Alaska Basin. This day was more uphill and rocky and less meadowy, but still beautiful. It rained all afternooon as we hiked up to Sunset Lake and all night long. Wed. Hiked up toward Hurricane Pass. Just before the Pass, we left our packs and walked out about a mile along the cliff edge. There were extraordinary views and walking along the cliff edge was quite thrilling for a flat-lander. After Hurricane Pass came my favorite part of the the hike. There were waterfalls, flowers, mountains, everything perfect about a hike. The bottom of the North Fork and is forested and lots of log bridges over streams. We hiked up to the 1st campsite on the way to Paintbrush Divide and grabbed a spot by a stream. About 9:00 it really started to rain, at times quite heavily. Thurs It was still raining when we woke up, and after much discussion we decided to go back to the car and cut the trip short by one day. The hike our was quite pretty and very easy. It quit raining about one mile from the String Lake parking area. THINGS TO REMEMBER Take your rain gear--the little $4 ponchos are a total waste of money. Give yourself more time then you think you will need, there are lots of interesting side trips that looked like fun.

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Grand Teton National Park
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Grand Teton National Park
Earthwalk Press Grand Teton map; National Park Service trail guide to Taggart and Bradley Lakes
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Dec 2018