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MOUNTAIN PASSES MELTED OUT; TETON CREST TRAIL DRY - August 4, 2018

As of August 4th the Teton Crest Trail is primarily snow free.  Paintbrush Divide is primarily melted out leaving one small section of wet, loose rock that must be navigated below the lingering snow patch on the eastern side of the divide. An ice axe and crampons are not needed to complete this short, exposed traverse, nor are they needed anywhere else along the Crest Trail.

Paintbrush Divide on July 23, 2018
In Garnet Canyon, access to the Lower Saddle in the North Fork is entirely snow free, and climbs like the Owen-Spalding and Exum Ridge are dry; no ice axe necessary. Be aware of any recent precipitation causing icy conditions or verglas in the early morning. In the South Fork of Garnet Canyon, patches of steep snow remain in the drainage above the Meadows when accessing the standard routes on the Middle and South Tetons. Although some of this snow may be avoided, an ice axe is still recommended. Continue to check the blog for updates on conditions throughout the season.

HIDDEN FALLS and LOWER INSPIRATION POINT REOPEN - AUGUST 9, 2018

The closure area at Hidden Falls has been modified to allow access into the East side of the Hidden Falls viewing area.  This will also open the trail to Lower Inspiration Point.  The trail to the top of Inspiration Point remains closed for trail construction.  The Practice Rocks west of Hidden Falls will remain closed for further assessment of the rock fall hazard. 

TETON CREST TRAIL REMAINS SNOWY & GRAND TETON CLIMBS ARE DRYING OUT - JULY 12, 2018

It's mid-July, and although a large amount of snow still lingers in the high country, things are melting out quickly. Portions of the Teton Crest Trail, as well as popular loop hikes like Paintbrush Canyon to Cascade Canyon require an ice axe and possibly crampons for safe travel. In the North Fork of Garnet Canyon, climbers are using the summer route and fixed line to avoid the majority of remaining snow. On the Grand Teton, climbs like Upper Exum are primarily dry, and the Owen-Spalding is melting out rapidly, containing wet rock. An ice axe may still be warranted to traverse small patches of exposed snow on the approach or descent from the summit. Continue to check to blog for weekly updates on conditions of peaks, passes, and trails.