Ride south from the Shadow Mountain parking area for a steady climb up a dirt and gravel road. The road winds through a stand of quaking aspens and offers views of the jagged Tetons. After 0.7 mile, pass a campsite overlooking the Tetons and the wide open Snake River Valley—one of the area’s best campsites.
After a sharp left turn, the trail flattens and emerges from the forest, offering a chance to catch your breath and admire more stunning mountain views. The route crests Shadow Mountain at mile 3.5, then begins a moderately technical descent that winds around trees and rocks. Turn left at the T-junction at mile 5.8 and follow the dirt and gravel road back to the trailhead.
INFO For information on permits, current trail and camp conditions, and wilderness guidelines, go to nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/things2know.htm.
PERMIT A wilderness permit is required for all overnight camping in the backcountry. Reservations accepted ($20 administrative fee for permits during peak season). nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/back.htm
CONTACT Grand Teton National Park, (307) 739-3300; nps.gov/grte/
-Mapped by Kari Bodnarchuk