Phillip's Canyon

Grand Teton National Park

Teton Pass

One of the most technical, old school descents in the region.

Mountain Biking Severe

Distance
13 km
Ascent
231 m
Descent
671 m
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
2.5 km
Gradient
10˚
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Phillip's Canyon Map

Description

Phillips Canyon can be shuttled from Teton Pass, but the vibe of the trails here is completely different than the jump- and drop-filled downhill trails on the other side of the pass. Instead, it’s old school technical singletrack that can be ridden in both directions—if you’re ambitious enough.

“Phillip’s Canyon hasn’t changed much over the years,” write the Executive Director of Mountain Bike the Tetons. "It’s still one of the more technical descents in the area with lots of rocks and roots.”

The singletrack teases views of the surrounding peaks, but drops into a beautiful canyon bottom, running along a rushing creek. The lush undergrowth provides a beautiful respite from the drier zones nearby.

The route mapped here is the shuttle option, but it can also be ridden as an out-and-back, or "as a loop by riding Arrow or Phillip’s Ridge to this trail and returning on the opposite trail,” according to Mountain Bike the Tetons.

Sources: https://mountainbiketetons.org/local-mountain-bike-rides/trail-map-updates-snotelphillips-canyon/ http://www.tetonmtb.com/trails/jacksonhole/teton-pass/phillips-canyon

Difficulty

Severe

Widely variable, narrow trail tread with steeper grades and unavoidable obstacles of 15in/38cm tall or less. Obstacles may include unavoidable bridges 24in/61cm wide or less, large rocks, gravel, difficult root sections, and more. Ideal for advanced-level riders.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September

Features

  • Technical
  • Singletrack
  • Drops
  • Roots
  • Rock Gardens

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