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LOWER SADDLE WEATHER STATION UP AND RUNNING - JUNE 29, 2018

The weather station at the Lower Saddle is up and running.  The link can be found here.  The weather station sits just above and to the south of the Lower Saddle, sitting at 11,610'.  Climbers and hikers can query the weather station to look at temperatures, wind direction, speed, and gusts along with relative humidity. The weather station is integral to helicopter search and rescue operations in Grand Teton National Park.  


CLOSURE & CONDITIONS UPDATE - JULY 12, 2018

Baxter's Pinnacle, the Inspiration Point area, Hidden Falls, and trails in the Jenny Lake area remain closed as well.  See links in Current News & Notes.



Conditions remain snowy in the high country above 9,000 feet and an ice axe, and possibly crampons, are needed for negotiating steep terrain at these elevations.  The Lower Saddle, Owen-Spalding route, and Paintbrush Divide, among many other locations, all require an ice axe and crampons for safe passage at this time. 

SIGNIFICANT SNOW REMAINS IN THE HIGH COUNTRY - JUNE 11, 2018

Warmer spring temperatures have melted out many of the trails at lower elevations, however, popular mountain passes such as Paintbrush Divide remain under snow and require proper equipment such as ice axe, sturdy footwear, and possibly even crampons for safe passage.  Large portions of the Teton Crest Trail remain under snow making travel and navigation difficult.  Popular climbing routes on the Grand Teton such as Owen Spalding and Upper Exum remain in alpine condition, requiring an ice axe and proper footwear just to reach the Lower Saddle.  Continue to check the blog for updated conditions on trails, passes, and climbs throughout the season.

Heading west toward Static Peak Divide along the Alaska Basin Trail