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HIDDEN FALLS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE - JULY 12, 2018

An emergency closure is in effect in the Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point areas on the west side of Jenny Lake.  Some recently expanding cracks and fissures have been identified in a large rock buttress above the Hidden Falls viewing area, which pose a possible safety hazard.  The notable changes in the rock over the past 24 hours spurred park rangers to implement a temporary closure and initiate a risk assessment with subject-matter experts.  Exum Mountain Guides are relocating their practice school services to another location, and shuttle boat and scenic cruises with Jenny Lake Boating will continue to operate.  It is unknown how long the closure at Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point areas will be in place.


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.


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.