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Backpacker Magazine – June 2013

Grand Traverses: Teton Crest Trail

Take this park's best tour.

by: Brendan Leonard


Distance 36 miles
Gain 6,448 feet
Difficulty 6

Why it’s grand This five-day, 36-mile, life-list trek cuts through the heart of the Tetons, in the shadow of steep, sawtooth peaks, with killer views of the Grand.

Do it Take the Teton Village tram to 10,450 feet to get a jump, apply early to get your choice of campsites (target Death Canyon Shelf and Upper Paintbrush Canyon zones for best views), and bring an ice axe for the passes, which can hold snow well into August. Exit via Paintbrush Canyon. 

The Teton Range, at 9 million years old, is the youngest in the Rockies.

Contact
(307) 739-3343; nps.gov/grte

Season
July to September

Permits
Required; free (reservations $25) 


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