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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.