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IMPORTANT ECLIPSE NEWS - AUGUST 19, 2017

Backcountry camping permits are SOLD OUT for the eclipse (Sat. & Sun.).  Park rangers will be staffing trailheads and patrolling backcountry areas to strictly enforce permit requirements and backcountry regulations.  Below are some key points to know during this extremely busy period of time:

Expect parking areas to fill so please arrive early.  If the parking lot is full, you will need to find alternative parking in another lot or at a visitor center, and then arrange transportation to your trailhead.  Any cars blocking access for through traffic or emergency vehicles will be towed at the owner's expense.

Campers must use all nights on a permit to keep the permit valid.  If a camper fails to initiate a permit on the first scheduled night, or exits the backcountry while the permit still has valid nights, the permit is automatically cancelled.

Camping without a permit, camping in undesignated areas, or camping in the wrong zone or site, may result in mandatory citations requiring an appearance in court and law enforcement may escort violators from the backcountry.

Please do your part to protect our natural resource during this time of intense demand and visitation.  Thank you.


BAXTER'S PINNACLE IS NOW OPEN FOR CLIMBING - AUGUST 2, 2017

The Peregrine closure of the general Baxter's Pinnacle area has been lifted.  This area includes Baxter’s Pinnacle and its southwest descent gully.

ALPINE TERRAIN BEGINS TO OPEN UP - JULY 28, 2017

Alpine terrain in the Teton Range continues to open up as warm summer temperatures work on a snow pack that has proven to be quite stubborn in places.  An ice axe remains required to safely traverse Paintbrush Divide and some travelers may want an axe or poles for other sections of the Teton Crest Trail.  The Grand Teton, however, no longer requires an ice axe for approach, ascent, or descent via the Owen-Spalding or Exum Ridge.  See Current News & Notes for backcountry closures that remain in effect.  

Paintbrush Divide still requires an ice axe 

      

CONDITIONS UPDATE - JULY 20, 2017

Hot temperatures continue to melt snow at a rapid pace and conditions are changing daily.  Of note, the Lower Saddle Approach and Owen-Spalding route are now both passable without an ice axe.  Climbers are reminded to remain cautious of wet rock, especially during colder temperatures when verglas can be problematic.  The Teton Crest Trail remains very snowy but only Paintbrush Divide requires the use of the an ice axe for safe passage.  The Sheep Steps and Hurricane Pass still have snow and some hikers may want an ice axe for those areas.  

The Owen Chimney is mostly dry and in good shape - 7.24.17