Static Peak from Death Canyon

Grand Teton National Park

A rewarding scramble to one of the best viewpoints in the Tetons.

Hiking Extreme

Distance
25 km
Ascent
1.7 km
Descent
1.7 km
Duration
7-8 hrs
Low Point
2 km
High Point
3.4 km
Gradient
16˚
Static Peak from Death Canyon Map

The trek to Static Peak rivals any other hike for the title of "Best Day Hike in the Tetons." Making it to Static Peak Divide and then to the summit of Static Peak provides outstanding views of the Teton Range! The route has multiple starting points. One can access the route from either the Teton Crest Trail or from the Death Canyon trailhead. This description focuses on the Death Canyon side. Most hikers will access this route from Death Canyon given that the trailhead is in the frontcountry, while the Teton Crest Trail is in the backcountry.

Description

Starting from Death Canyon means you have over 5,000 feet of elevation gain ahead, so be ready! The views make each uphill step worth it—the Static Peak Divide and summit are both incredible. The variety of landscapes is another plus: you begin in pine forest and end high up in the alpine. Wildflowers abound, too!

The ascent features views of Phelps Lake and Jackson Hole. Arriving into Death Canyon is also a captivating experience. As you near the Divide, the views become exceptional. Jackson Hole now looms in the distance. Alpine lakes dot the setting and the impressive Buck Mountain appears above. Reaching the Divide brings a great sense of accomplishment. The reward for this strenuous hike is one of the finest views in the Teton Range. If you have the endurance, scramble up the summit of Static Peak. The views get even better as you are able to get a view of the Grand Teton from the summit. Seeing the Grand pop up behind Static Peak will give you goosebumps. From here, take in the views and retrace your steps back to the Divide. Note, it may be very windy up at the summit. Then descend to the Death Canyon trailhead. If you are in the Tetons, you should make the time for the ascent of Static Peak Divide and Static Peak. You will most certainly not be disappointed. Despite being a long and challenging day hike, the overall experience is superb!

Difficulty

Extreme

Scrambling up mountains and along technical trails with moderate fall exposure. Handholds are necessary to navigate the trail in its entirety, although they are not necessary at all times. Some obstacles can be very large and difficult to navigate, and the grades can often be near-vertical. The challenge of the trail and the steepness of the grade results in very strenuous hiking. Hikes of this difficulty blur the lines between "hiking" and "climbing".

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September

Features

  • Alpine
  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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