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JENNY LAKE RANGER STATION OPEN FOR THE SEASON-CONDITIONS UPDATE- JUNE 12, 2022


 Garnet Meadows and The Middle Teton June 6th, 2022

The Jenny Lake Ranger Station is now open; climbing information, backcountry camping permits, and other park information can be obtained there from 8am to 5pm everyday.  Backcountry camping permits and bear canisters are required for all overnight trips into Grand Teton NP. 


It has been a wet and cool spring here in Grand Teton NP and in the backcountry conditions are changing rapidly.  The trails in and around the valley are melted out and wildflowers are blooming. As you climb up into the canyons and onto the peaks conditions change quickly and snow is encountered between 8000-9000ft depending on aspect.  An ice axe and crampons are standard tools required for traveling the passes and peaks this time of year.  The snowpack is transitioning and travel will vary greatly based on the air temperature and time of day. On warm afternoons expect soft conditions with poor footing and post-holing likely. Other times you may encounter very firm snow that only the points of your crampons will penetrate. When traveling on snow use caution around drainage bottoms and where snowfields meet boulder fields or cliff bands, this is where moats and weakening snow bridges could be encountered.  Plan ahead, check the weather forecast, pack your bag accordingly and get out and enjoy the mountains!


Baxter's Pinnacle closure is in effect for the protection of nesting peregrine falcons and their young.  This closes the Baxter’s Pinnacle climbing route to human traffic as well as the social trail that branches from the horse trail and serves as the approach route to the climb. See the previous post for details.  


UPDATE: BAXTER'S PINNACLE CLOSED - MAY 13, 2022

Effective immediately, the Baxter’s Pinnacle area is closed to public entry.  This closes the Baxter’s Pinnacle climbing route to human traffic as well as the social trail that branches from the horse trail and serves as the approach route to the climb.  The National Park Service has determined that the closure is necessary for the protection of nesting peregrine falcons and their young. The peregrine falcon is a state Species of Greatest Conservation Need and is protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

The winter wildlife closure protecting bighorn sheep habitat has been lifted and the Teton Park Road from Taggart Lake to Signal Mountain is now open to motorized traffic.  

Conditions in the backcountry remain winter-like. The valley trails are in difficult shape, with significant snow coverage throughout and many lakes still partially covered in ice.  Above 8,000' the Teton Range remains in full winter conditions.  Travelers should be cautious while traveling in the backcountry, and be prepared to deal with elevated avalanche danger during warm afternoons and when overnight lows remain above freezing.  Lakes that are covered in ice are thawing and should be considered suspect this time of year.  

The visitor center in Moose is now open and park information and backcountry camping permits can be obtained there from 8am to 5pm.  Backcountry camping permits and bear canisters are required for all overnight trips into Grand Teton NP.  

CONDITIONS UPDATE - APRIL 28, 2022

 

The Teton Park Road opens to vehicle traffic on 5/1

There's still plenty of snow out there!

The season's are slowly trying to change, but the conditions and weather have been variable and we haven't seemed to fall into a good spring cycle. Recent new snow keeps adding to the snowpack, which is good, but the warm temps will keep you guessing and the corn harvest really hasn't quite come around yet. 

For those heading into the backcountry, please keep in mind that the bears are out and about, and you should take precautions accordingly. 

Though the BT Avy Center has finished it's daily forecast for the year, they're still a valuable source of data to help make your own informed decisions. Check out the 'Data Center' for the 24-hour summary and look at specific weather stations to inform your decisions about where you're thinking of heading:

Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center (jhavalanche.org)

Time to start looking forward to the summer season... See you in the hills!

SPRING IS HERE! - MARCH 19, 2022

 

View of the Cathedral Group from 25 Short - 3.19.22

Tomorrow marks the first official day of Spring and the valley is desperately clinging on to the snow that remains.  Patches of dry ground are starting to appear in a few low elevation southerly aspects!  Yikes!  Road crews are cutting out the Teton Park Road and warmer temperatures are starting to have an impact in the afternoon.  In the high elevations of the Teton Range winter still reigns supreme, with about 15 welcome inches of snow accumulating during the past week.  The snow pack in the high elevations is highly variable, and in many places shallow as well.  Expect a variety of crusts at many elevations and on most aspects.  

Please remember to check the latest avalanche forecast before you venture out!   

You can also check out our GTNP snowpack summaries to get a sense of how the snowpack has evolved this season.

Stay safe out there!