The Teton Crest Backpacking

Jackson, Wyoming

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A multi-day adventure starting from 10,450 feet elevation. It really doesn’t get any better than this. The Teton Crest and the Grand Teton Loop represent the two truly classic backpacking trips in Grand Teton National Park. This trip is longer but easier since it has the incredible luxury of starting at 10,450 feet and ending at 6,875 feet, a net loss of 3,575. That’s not to say, however, that there is not any hill climbing. Quite to the contrary, you get to sweat your way up three big hills, including the two most famous in the park—Hurricane Pass and Paintbrush Divide. And, of course, you go by the three most famous high country lakes—Marion Lake, Lake Solitude, and Holly Lake. And lastly, you get the best mountain scenery possible, including several miles in the shadow of the Grand Teton. What more could you want? Well, you want good weather, a week off, and the advanced physical conditioning necessary to enjoy it all. There aren’t many hikes that start out downhill, but if you take the aerial tramway from Teton Village, this can be one of them. Special attractions: The best trip on trails through the high country of Grand Teton National Park, featuring truly spectacular scenery.

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"A multi-day adventure starting from 10,450 feet elevation. It really doesn’t get any better than this. The Teton Crest and the Grand Teton Loop represent the two truly classic backpacking trips in Grand Teton National Park. This trip is longer but easier since it has the incredible luxury of starting at 10,450 feet and ending at 6,875 feet, a net loss of 3,575. That’s not to say, however, that there is not any hill climbing.

Quite to the contrary, you get to sweat your way up three big hills, including the two most famous in the park—Hurricane Pass and Paintbrush Divide. And, of course, you go by the three most famous high country lakes—Marion Lake, Lake Solitude, and Holly Lake. And lastly, you get the best mountain scenery possible, including several miles in the shadow of the Grand Teton. What more could you want? Well, you want good weather, a week off, and the advanced physical conditioning necessary to enjoy it all. There aren’t many hikes that start out downhill, but if you take the aerial tramway from Teton Village, this can be one of them. Special attractions: The best trip on trails through the high country of Grand Teton National Park, featuring truly spectacular scenery."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Jackson
Distance: 35.4
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6 days
Season: Best summer and fall
Local Contacts: Grand Teton National Park
Local Maps: USGS Teton Village, Rendezvous Peak, Mt. Bannon, Grand Teton, Granite Basin, Mt. Moran, Jenny Lake; Earthwalk Press Grand Teton
Driving Directions: Directions to The Teton Crest (Backpacking)

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May 2018