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BAXTER'S PINNACLE OPEN FOR SEASON - June 26, 2015

Effective immediately, the closure on Baxter's Pinnacle has been lifted.  This year's peregrine nest was, apparently, unsuccessful and the adults have left the area.

The avalanche activity in the high country has settled down and conditions are becoming more seasonal.  Climbers and hikers should still be careful on steep snow slopes especially in the afternoon hours on warm sunny days.

Due to the late spring storms there is still a significant amount of snow and ice on the Owen-Spalding Route of the Grand Teton.  An ice axe and crampons are needed for the descent of the Grand.

The Jenny Lake Ranger Station is now open daily for the summer season from 8-5pm.  Stop in and see us to get the latest conditions information before your trip.


View towards the Upper Saddle - Photo taken 6/20/15

AVALANCHE CONDITIONS STILL EXIST ABOVE 11,500 - June 16, 2015

Due to the late season precipitation, the high elevation snowpack has not fully transitioned to supportable summer snow. We have been getting reports of loose snow avalanches and sloppy post-hole conditions on snow slopes above 11, 500ft. Use caution and assess slopes carefully.

The Jenny Lake Ranger Station is now open daily for the summer season from 8-5pm.  Stop in and see us to get the latest conditions information before your trip.

Please also note an upcoming closure that affects access to climbing at Blacktail Butte:

BLACKTAIL CLIMBING AREA - PARKING AREA CLOSED
JUNE 22-JULY 31

AVALANCHE DANGER CONTINUES - June 7, 2015


All photos taken 6/7/2015:

A wet loose avalanche falling into the Black Dike Couloir...
Wet loose avalanches triggered small slabs in the S Fork of Garnet
More point releases around the Middle Teton and Lower Saddle

 In addition to the above photos 1-2 ft (.5 meter) crowns of recent slab avalanches were observed on several aspects of the higher elevations including the south snowfields of Mt. Owen and the East Face of the Grand Teton.  

AVALANCHE DANGER REMAINS HIGH - May 30, 2015

Significant wet snow avalanche activity was observed throughout the Teton Range today.  Evidence of both point release and slab avalanches was visible on Teewinot's East Face and rangers reported that wet slides were easily triggered by human travel.  Warm temperatures, recent heavy rain and snow, and strong solar radiation have produced a very weak snowpack in the alpine.  While these conditions remain please use EXTREME CAUTION when deciding whether or not to travel on or under steep snow slopes.  


REMINDERS:  

Baxter’s Pinnacle and its southwest descent gully remained closed due to an active peregrine falcon nest.  Please respect this closure while they attempt to successfully raise more young.

Backcountry camping permits are required year-round for all overnight trips into the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park.  Climbers and hikers can obtain backcountry camping permits at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center.  Detailed information can be found in the links on the right.     

The Jenny Lake Ranger Station is
Backcountry camping permits are required year-round for all overnight trips into the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park. Permits are free and can be obtained year-round at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose and during the summer months at the Colter Bay Visitor Center and Jenny Lake Ranger Station. Detailed information can be found in the links on the right.

All route condition information has been removed from this site for the winter season, however, the HOME PAGE will continue to provide periodic updates on general conditions in the Teton Range throughout the winter.

~The Jenny Lake Climbing Rangers