Alaska Basin Shelf Trail

Jedediah Smith Wilderness Area, Wyoming

Elevation Gain863ft
Trailhead Elevation10,330ft
Elevation Min/Max9827/10417ft
Elevation Start/End10330/10330ft

Alaska Basin Shelf Trail

Alaska Basin Shelf Trail is a hiking trail in Alta, Wyoming. It is within Jedediah Smith Wilderness Area. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 10,330 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 863 feet. This trail connects with the following: Teton Crest Trail, Buck Mountain Pass Trail and South Teton Trail.

Alaska Basin Shelf Trail Reviews

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I thought that by avoiding the National Park side of the Tetons and stayin on the National Forest side that I would be able to find some peace and solitude. Boy, was I wrong. There had to be upwards of 50 different groups staying in AK Basin; about half of which came from the Park. After setting up camp, I discovered multiple piles of human waste around my camp. One was near the creek in which I was getting my water. I was awoken at five thirty in the morning when a family starting cooking breakfast right outside my tent door. They said the were using that spot because it had the best view of the morning sunrise. Indeed, it did. Thats one of the reasons why I choose it, but I did not expect to be sharing it so closely with a family of strangers. They were from Idaho Falls and said that they had been doing this trip for five years now. They were nice enough, but they had no sense of personal space or of the notion that people might go backpacking to get away from crowds. The trails were wet and heavily rutted on the National Forest side of the trail. Trees had not been cut off of the trail all year. The cut around trails had obviously been there for months. What a pity. This place is completely mismanaged. It should be become part of the National Park system. While I don't like permits, this place needs some help. At least they could try to get people to bury their human waste away from water. What a bad trip.
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Great views, no ice axe needed on any divides. Shelf between north junction and Static Peak a bit wet, but easy going. Did this as part of a nice 26-mile run from Jenny to Phelps (the long way).

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Trail Information

Jedediah Smith Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Jedediah Smith Wilderness Area
Teton Basin Ranger District (307) 354-2431
Local Contacts
Targhee National Forest Island Park, Ashton, Teton Basin and Palisades Districts visitor map; USGS: Granite Basin, Mount Bannon, Grand Teton
Local Maps

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Dec 2018