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JENNY LAKE TRAIL CLOSURE UPDATE - JUNE 16, 2017

You can now access Hidden Falls via the horse trail around the SW shore of Jenny Lake.  The Inspiration Point area IS NOT accessible from Hidden Falls!  Use the horse trail north of the west shore boat dock to access Cascade Canyon and the Inspiration Point Area.  See updated map below.

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SNOWY CONDITIONS PERSIST IN HIGH COUNTRY - JUNE 12, 2017

While the snow continues to melt noticeably below 9,500 feet, opening up larger sections of dry trail, conditions remain remarkably winter-like above that elevation.  Ice axes and (possibly) crampons are required for approaching and descending most alpine climbs as well as for traversing mountain passes.  To make matters worse, a recent storm deposited up to a foot of fresh snow above 9,500 feet.  Backcountry travelers headed into the higher elevations should be prepared to deal with winter-like conditions.  Please be aware of current backcountry closures that remain in effect.  Click on links in Current News & Notes for details.  

Teewinot and the Grand Teton - 6.8.17

BAXTER'S PINNACLE CLOSED, RANGER STATION OPEN - JUNE 3, 2017

Effective immediately, an area including Baxter’s Pinnacle and its southwest descent gully will be closed due to an active peregrine falcon nest (see map below).  Peregrines are territorial and aggressive birds especially while nesting and incubating eggs; they become even more protective after their chicks hatch.  This area will remain closed indefinitely until the young birds have fledged or biologists determine there is no longer a risk to either climbers or the falcons.

The Jenny Lake Ranger Station is now open daily from 8-5 p.m.  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 Jenny Lake Ranger Station, Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center, or the Colter Bay Visitor Center.  Detailed information can be found in the links on the right.     

SNOWY CONDITIONS REMAIN - MAY 27, 2017

Snow-free conditions remain the exception, rather than the rule on all but the lowest elevation trails, where there are larger sections of dry trail showing.  Travel in the high country above 9,000 feet is still 100% snow and an ice axe and, possibly crampons, are needed for safe travel in steep terrain and while traversing mountain passes.  Avalanches are still a potential threat and backcountry users should remain cautious, especially on steep slopes during hot afternoons.  

The Jenny Lake Ranger Station will open on June 3rd at 8:00 a.m.  Trail closures remain in effect along the southwest shore of Jenny Lake and at Hidden Falls. 

Looking into Garnet Canyon - 5.23.17