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The Table Mountain Loop is a must-do trail run along the western reaches of the Tetons.
For summer visitors of Grand Targhee Resort, this run is just a short drive away.
Those staying in Jackson Hole, however, should freally consider making the drive around the mountains to experience this run.
Not only is this loop a local favorite, but it is also one of the most challenging and exhilarating hikes in the Tetons.
It is very easy to underestimate the time required for this route as steep pitches, high elevation, and exhilarating views will all take your breath away.
The loop is composed of two trails: Face Trail (#029) and North Teton Creek Trail (#024).
The Face Trail is an incredibly steep fall-line approach and is typically used as the way up.
North Teton Creek Trail, also known as Huckleberry Trail, offers a gradual descent back to the trailhead as it winds its way through a tranquil canyon. A stout 3 mile, 3,000-foot climb begins the loop, testing the limits of even the strongest athletes.
Rewarding your efforts, the trail eventually levels out and gradually traverses a beautiful plateau before merging back into the North Teton Creek Trail.
With steep slopes on both sides, this segment of trail will give you the adrenaline rush needed to push up the remaining climb to the summit. This loop is what most refer to as a reverse lollipop.
The "stick" is the final approach up to the top of Table Mountain, just above 11,000'.
After a short and final scramble to the top, you'll be rewarded with impeccable views of the surrounding Teton Basin—the Grand, Middle, and Lower Tetons directly across Cascade Canyon.