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North Fork Cascade Canyon

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

4.9 mile 7.9 kilometer point to point
75% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,775' 846 m
Descent: -6' -2 m
High: 10,626' 3,239 m
Low: 7,857' 2,395 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)

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Trail shared by Tom Robson

A low angle, straightforward run to Lake Solitude turned difficult if headed to Paintbrush Divide.

Tom Robson

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Description

From the intersection with Cascade Canyon Trail and South Fork Cascade Canyon, follow Cascade Creek north and look for signs indicating North Fork Cascade Canyon.

The first half of this trail, all the way to Lake Solitude, is quite easy. It features low angle, very straightforward running, except for a few spots where you'll be crossing large talus fields. Finally, after dipping in and out of the woods multiple times, the terrain will open-up to views across Lake Solitude. Once here, be sure to take in the views of the Cathedral Group - Teewinot Mountain (12,330'), Mount Owen (12,928') and Grand Teton (13,775').

Take a deep breath... Lake Solitude is at 9,035', and North Fork Cascade Canyon trail only goes up from here.

From Lake Solitude, continue on North Fork Cascade Canyon and follow the trail as it bends to the east, then southeast. Other than a few stands here and there, you're now above treeline. Enjoy the spectacular views.

North Fork Cascade Canyon winds its way up this steep section on loose scree, so keep your balance! After the fourth switchback, the trail heads straight up and reaching Paintbrush Divide (10,720') and Paintbrush Canyon trail.

Flora & Fauna

If you're quiet, you might see a moose. You're guaranteed, however, to see a Pika - those suckers are loud!

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Photos

The Teton Peaks
Mar 30, 2020 near Alta, WY
Grand Teton as seen from a meadow on North Fork Cascade Canyon trail.
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Image by the National Park Service (NPS).
Dec 23, 2014 near Moose W…, WY
The hike back down from Lake Solitude has spectacular views of the Cathedral Group.
Aug 20, 2018 near Alta, WY
View of the Tetons from North Cascade Canyon as seen while ascending Paintbrush Divide
Nov 2, 2019 near Alta, WY
Striking view of the Tetons on the way to Lake Solitude.
Mar 8, 2020 near Alta, WY
Hiker and Mica Lake along trail descending from Paintbrush Divide.
Feb 7, 2016 near Moose W…, WY

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