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Paintbrush Canyon Trail to Holly Lake Professional Review and Guide
"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."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Grand Teton National Park (Day Hike Books).
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!
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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