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Mt. Moran via CMC Face

Grand Teton National Park

5.5 route up Moran, accessed via Leigh Lake paddle

Trail Running Difficult

20 km
1.8 km
1.8 km
4-5 hrs
Low Point
2.1 km
High Point
3.8 km
Mt. Moran via CMC Face Map

Start at the Leigh Lake trailhead. Paddle String Lake, then portage to Leigh Lake. Paddle to the Falling Ice Glacier drainage. (You can also hike, but it's a tricky bushwhack from the Patrol Cabin.)


Ascend boulder / talus along the runoff. ~Halfway up, turn left and follow a trail to Drizzlepuss. Rappel (or downclimb) to the start of CMC Face.

There are many variations up CMC Face, from low class 5 on the south ridge to mid-5s closer to the Black Dike. Rappel (or downclimb) back to Drizzlepuss, upclimb being the crux. Reverse course from the Drizzlepuss summit.

We used two 60m ropes and a mix of cams / nuts. You can find a number of maintained anchors along CMC Face and one on Drizzlepuss.

Full trip report: https://www.grizzliesandavalanches.com/cmc-face/



High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between July and September

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