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Paintbrush Canyon

 4.9 (7)

7.0 Miles 11.2 Kilometers


76%

Runnable

3,578' 1,091 m

Ascent

-63' -19 m

Descent

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

10,675' 3,254 m

High

7,121' 2,170 m

Low

Shared By Tom Robson

Conditions


All Clear 21 days ago
Dry - Only challenging part is close to the peak. There is a rock scree that is difficult to navigate and taking the wrong path leaves you vulnerable on the face. This is ascending out of the Paintbrush side. History

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A very steep, less-trafficked trail with a backcountry feel.

Tom Robson

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Description

From the west edge of String Lake, Paintbrush Canyon trail branches off of the String Lake Trail and heads northwest into Paintbrush Canyon. Initially the trail contours Rockchuck Peak (11,145') and isn't too steep. Once it turns due west, however, and enters the canyon proper, the trail becomes much steeper.

Until ~4.4miles, the trail is ensconced in trees, so the views are fleeting. Be on the lookout for moose - they love this less-trafficked trail.

At the 4.4 mile point, Paintbrush Canyon trail intersects Holly Lake trail, which gives users the option to dip their feet in one of the beautiful high-alpine lakes Grand Teton has to offer. To continue on Paintbrush Canyon, stay left at this intersection. From here, the trail opens up to spectacular views of Mt. Woodring (11,518') to the north, The Jaw (11,327') and Mt. Saint John (11,379') to the south.

After the trail intersects with Holly Lake trail a second time, Paintbrush Canyon trail eases a bit. Don't get comfy, though... After ~.5mi, Paintbrush Canyon makes its final push up to Paintbrush Divide (10,720'). If you're attempting this trail prior to August, an ice axe may be necessary.

Push your way up this insanely steep pitch, and be sure to look back to see what you've accomplished. The views of the aforementioned mountains from here is incredible.

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  4.9 from 7 votes

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