The high country above 9,000 feet is still under deep snow. A recent patrol to Marion Lake revealed campsites still under over 10 FEET of snow! Hikers, backpackers, and climbers should be prepared to deal with these conditions during their travels and plan on crossing extensive snow slopes, camping on snow, and approaching and descending steep snow when climbing alpine rock routes. Please stop in and see us at the Jenny Lake Ranger Station to get the latest information on conditions in the Teton Range.
A cold upper level Low pressure system mid-week dropped upwards of 10" in the highest elevations. Wind drifts of 2-3' may be expected in the high alpine on leeward slopes with post-holing likely above 9500'. One can expect wet and dry sluff avalanches over the next several days as temperatures warm and with direct sun.
All but the valley trails are still snowy with still a significant amount of snow in the high country. Objective hazards include snow bridges above creeks, a slip and tumble into the raging creeks, cornice fall, and failure to self-arrest in steep snowy terrain. Trekking poles and good sturdy boots are useful if going above 9000'; ice axes and possibly crampons are recommended for going over the many passes throughout the range. The Jenny Lake Ranger Station opened June 7th - come in and see us for more info. Have a great summer.