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Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park: Teton Crest Trail

Trace the crest of the Tetons on this classic 38.1-mile point-to-point in Grand Teton National Park.

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INFO For information on permits, current trail and camp conditions, and wilderness guidelines, go to

PERMIT A wilderness permit is required for all overnight camping in the backcountry. Reservations accepted ($20 administrative fee for permits during peak season).

CONTACT Grand Teton National Park, (307) 739-3300;

-Mapped by Michael Lanza

TO TRAILHEAD: Shuttle car: From Jackson, go north 12 miles; turn left on Teton Park Rd. In 8.5 miles, turn left on Jenny Lake Rd. In 2.5 miles, turn left on String Lake Rd. Park in .3 mile.

To trailhead: Return to Jackson and turn west on US 191 S/W Broadway. In 1.4 miles, turn right onto WY 22 W/Teton Pass Hwy. In 9.5 miles, take a sharp right onto Phillips Canyon Tr. Go .4 miles to the trailhead.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 61.3



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Hike north from the trailhead.


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Stay right at the fork, heading north.


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Turn left on Phillips Canyon Trail.


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At Phillips Pass, turn right and trace the crest of the ridge east, then north.


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Continue north on the Teton Crest Trail.


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Turn right, and climb switchbacks to a 9,085-foot saddle.


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Descend to Middle Fork Granite Creek.


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Continue straight at the 3-way.


Location: 43.613457, -110.927787

Continue straight at the 3-way junction.


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Continue straight at the 3-way junction, and climb out of the tiered basin.


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Pass turquoise Marion Lake (and potential campsites) on a grassy bench. Ahead, watch for elk roaming through the next lonely, five-mile stretch.


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Cross a small saddle at mile 15.2, and continue north for less than two miles to Fox Creek Pass.


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Cross Fox Creek Pass, a meadow with sweeping northeast views of the Tetonsâ??s vaulted skyline (in July, lupine and columbine splash the scene with blue, purple, and yellow). From here, traverse north-northeast.


Location: 43.650004, -110.905523

Death Canyon Shelf: Traverse this three-mile-long, 900-foot-wide ledge. A 500-foot-tall cliff band rises to the west and a 200-foot ledge drops into Death Canyon to the east. There are year-round springs and several campsites, all with views of the Grand Teton and other peaks. Tip: Find sites by a creek with some low trees for wind protection.


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Campsite: One of the park’s most spectacular (and remote) backcountry camps.


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Potential campsite


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Reliable spring


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Make the gentle, 200-foot climb over 9,726-foot Mt. Meek Pass (you may not even notice it), then descend into Alaska Basin.


Location: 43.691925, -110.868187

Descend the Sheep Steps switchbacks.


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Pass popular campsites at Basin Lakes in Alaska Basin, speckled with granite and a cluster of lakes.


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Continue straight, heading north.


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Continue north past Sunset Lake (possible tentsites on flat slabs) and cross a high plateau.


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Linger at 10,372-foot Hurricane Pass for top-of-the-world views of the Grand, Middle, and South Tetons, which rise just two miles to the east. Descend past Schoolroom Glacier.


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Campsites: Turn right at the 3-way junction, heading south, to grab one of the uppermost sites in South Fork Cascade.


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Campsites in the upper reaches of South Fork Cascade Canyon.


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Descend switchbacks into South Fork Cascade Canyon.


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Turn left into North Fork Cascade Canyon. Roughly a mile later, claim one of the first established camps for neck-cramping views of the Grandâ??5,500 feet overhead.


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Campsite. Get an early start the next day to beat the afternoon heat on the relentless, 2,000-plus-foot climb to Paintbrush Divide.


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Potential campsite near cascades and pools


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Pass Lake Solitude, set in a stone cirque.


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Crest Paintbrush Divide. (Got an extra night? Camp in the upper reaches of the canyon.) Next, descend 8.3 miles past cliffsâ??striped in browns, grays, and muted redsâ??to your shuttle car.


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Keep right at the 3-way.


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Keep right at the junction.


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Swing left.


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Cross String Lake, then turn right, heading south.


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Continue straight.


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The route ends at the trailhead east of String Lake. Pick up your shuttle car to return to the Death Canyon trailhead.

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