Guidebook

Backpack Below Jagged Peaks on the Teton Crest Trail

The Teton Crest Trail is hands-down one of the most spectacular backpacking routes in the world!

Description

The Teton Crest Trail runs along (or near) the spine of the iconic Teton mountain range. Beginning on the border of Bridger Teton and Caribou-Targhee National Forests, it runs deep into the heart of Grand Teton National Park. The Teton Crest is renowned as one of the most epic backpacking routes in the world due to the absolutely unreal scenery that you’ll get to experience the entire way. With views of the towering peaks, idyllic alpine lakes, and meadows filled with wildflowers, choosing to backpack the Teton Crest Trail is choosing to risk sensory overload!

Included in this guidebook is the classic Teton Crest Trail from start to finish. But in addition, we’ve included both ending options to the trail, as well as two can’t-miss side hikes. Adding in the side hikes definitely can add more days onto your trip, but as you’ll find out if you read through the descriptions and look at the photos… you really can’t afford to miss these epic views!

Teton Crest Trail: Rendezvous Mountain to Death Canyon Shelf
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Teton Crest Trail: Rendezvous Mountain to Death Canyon Shelf

Jackson Hole
16.1 km599 m892 m
Open vistas abound on the beautiful first day of the famous Teton Crest Trail.
Moderate
Private
Teton Crest Trail: Death Canyon Shelf to Alaska Basin
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Teton Crest Trail: Death Canyon Shelf to Alaska Basin

6.7 km205 m180 m
A splendid day along the Teton Crest in which you reach peaceful Alaska Basin
Easy
Private
Static Peak from Teton Crest Trail
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Static Peak from Teton Crest Trail

Grand Teton National Park
11.0 km560 m560 m
A must-do side trip off the Teton Crest Trail.
Extreme
Private
Teton Crest Trail: Alaska Basin to North Fork Cascade Canyon
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Teton Crest Trail: Alaska Basin to North Fork Cascade Canyon

Grand Teton National Park
16.1 km609 m900 m
One of the most beautiful sections of trail in the Tetons.
Difficult
Private
Icefloe Lake and Avalanche Divide
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Icefloe Lake and Avalanche Divide

Grand Teton National Park
6.2 km371 m370 m
Incredible vistas combined with the highest lake in the Teton Range!
Moderate
Private
Teton Crest Trail: North Fork Cascade Canyon to Leigh Lake Trailhead (via Paintbrush Canyon)
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Teton Crest Trail: North Fork Cascade Canyon to Leigh Lake Trailhead (via Paintbrush Canyon)

17.3 km692 m1,211 m
An epic final day on the Teton Crest Trail.
Difficult
Private
Teton Crest Trail: North Fork Cascade Canyon to Leigh Lake Trailhead (via Cascade Canyon)
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Teton Crest Trail: North Fork Cascade Canyon to Leigh Lake Trailhead (via Cascade Canyon)

12.8 km84 m603 m
One final stretch through beautiful Cascade Canyon
Moderate
Private