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The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.
Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.
Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.
High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.
Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.
There are two main exit points from the Teton Crest Trail: one exiting via Cascade Canyon and one exiting via Paintbrush Canyon.
This route focuses on the latter.
Both are spectacular, so choose whichever option works best! You are in for a treat, though, if you exit via Paintbrush Canyon.
The day begins on a high as you reach Lake Solitude.
This is one of the prettiest lakes in the Teton Range, so take your time at this marvelous spot.
The next section is the last big climb of the entire Teton Crest.
Make your way up to Paintbrush Divide where incredible views of the Teton Range await.
The motivation to get to the Divide will help with the continuous uphill grind.
Note, it is quite exposed on the Divide so pay close attention to the weather.
You may think you have seen it all once you are atop Paintbrush Divide, but there is more to come! Holly Lake lies below, which is another gorgeous lake along the trail.
Take some time here as this is the last true alpine area on the trail.
Forest makes up most of the route following Holly Lake. The last few miles are relatively easygoing as you make your way through Paintbrush Divide.
Make sure to look up every so often so you don't miss the views! You will finally reach the Leigh and String Lake Trailhead, marking the end of the phenomenal Teton Crest Trail.
This trail is truly one of the finest hiking routes within the entire National Park System.
Every day along the trail is an experience in paradise.
The trail will challenge you and will craft an experience that you'll remember for the rest of your life!