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UPDATE - AUGUST 27, 2012

Sunrise on Mt Owen & the Grand - 8/21/12
Campsites 14A, 14B & 16 at Leigh Lake have re-opened.  Climbers and hikers must still remain vigilant in the backcountry as bears remain active throughout the Teton Range. 

Route conditions changed very during the past two weeks with hot, dry weather persisting.  Overnight temperatures have remained above freezing in all but the very highest parts of the range.  However, a thunderstorm last night left behind a small amount of snow and ice on the Owen-Spalding Route with reports that the Owen Chimney was iced up in the morning hours.  By early afternoon the route was fairly dry and the snow and ice did not cause much problem.  Keep checking back for updates as we enter the time of year when conditions start to fluctuate frequently with the late summer/fall weather. 


The bears are out in force with the berry harvest! In an effort to protect yourselves and the bears, please use excellent camping techniques. 

  • Keep your food and other smelly items in bear canisters or bear boxes; 
  • Keep your food supply neat and condensed while cooking to avoid a surprise dinner guest; 
  • Pack out all trash and carry bear spray.

Until further notice, Leigh Lake Sites 14A, 14B and 16 are closed due to bear activity. Please contact the Jenny Lake Ranger Station if you have upcoming campsite reservations for any of these locations.

During the busy season large crowds can be hard on the natural resources.  Climbers and hikers are reminded that short-cutting causes erosion and signficant resource damage, and may be cause for citation by a backcountry ranger.  Please remain on the well travelled and marked trails in the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park.


Wildfire smoke settles in over a dry Teton Range - 8/3/12

The Teton Range continues to bake in the hot sun as this summer shapes up to be on the very hot and dry side of the spectrum.  Conditions on most routes in the Tetons are quite dry making for excellent rock climbing conditions.  Alpine snow and ice routes are rapidly wasting away and the melted snow on these routes has left behind sections of unpleasant loose rock.  Most approaches and descents can be accomplished without an ice axe.  Check the individual route conditions pages for details.