Backpack the Teton Crest Trail, Grand Teton NP

38 Miles Round Trip - 9681 ft gain - Point-to-Point Trail

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This is an incredible trail passing through canyons, over passes, and around breathtaking mountains. It hits several of the most beautiful spots in the Tetons and makes for a remarkable 3-4 day backpacking trip.

The Teton Crest Trail has several variations that allow the hiker to enter and exit through different canyons. The classic trail begins at the Phillips Pass Trailhead and comes to a close at Paintbrush Divide. Many hikers choose to take the Teton Village Tram up to Marion Lake and join up with the Teton Crest Trail from there. This trail is typically travelled over 3 to 4 days, but can be extended or shortened to fit the hiker's timescale. Because this trip is point-to-point, the easiest way to complete it is by setting up a shuttle from your end point to your starting point.

A permit is required to camp along this trail, but there are several backcountry zones that can be used if your itinerary is flexible. You will also pass through Alaska Basin in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, an area that does not require permits to camp. This is a popular area, so be sure to reserve your spot well in advance.

Beginning from the south, this trail goes over Fox Creek Pass, along the Death Canyon Shelf, down Mt. Meek Pass, and into Alaska Basin. Here, Sunset Lake is a highly recommended place to camp with stunning views of the basin. Climbing out of Alaska Basin, you will travel over Hurricane Pass where you will see views of the Grand Teton and the rest of the range. You can either continue to Paintbrush Divide or take Cascade Canyon out to the Jenny Lake or String Lake trailhead. Depending on the daily mileage you are looking for, you can fairly easily find campsites to fit the plan for your trip.

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38 Miles
9681 ft elevation gain
Point-to-Point Trail

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We Had A Blast!

There were 4 in our group and we spent 3 days hiking 28 miles. There were plenty of great views and amazing scenery. Wildlife was fairly common, but beware of bears! Some parts of this hike were super easy while others had me literally panting for air. Training is highly recommended as well as being aware of dramatic elevation change. The best view by far is at the top of the Teton Crest.