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Death Canyon Trail

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 4.7 (9)

A beautiful canyon trail that opens up to awesome wildflowers the higher it gets.


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9.8

Miles

15.7

KM

86%

Runnable

9,573' 2,918 m

High

6,767' 2,062 m

Low

3,150' 960 m

Up

383' 117 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Backcountry camping permits can be found here: nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/…

Description

This trail begins at the Death Canyon Trailhead, just north of the White Grass Ranger Station Historic District and ends at an intersection with Fox Creek Pass and Death Canyon Shelf. To access Death Canyon Trail, drive to the Death Canyon Trailhead where the trail shortly joins the Valley Trail and heads west. The trail is flanked by Albright Peak (10,552') to the north and Prospectors Mountain (11,241') to the south. After over 2 miles, the canyon widens and is intercepted by the Static Peak Divide.

From here, the Death Canyon Trail continues west, then southwest, climbing steadily to Fox Creek Pass. Like many of the Grand Teton trails, there is a nice camping area here. This camping zone extends from just west of the Alaska Basin Trail junction to .5 mi below Fox Creek Pass and is available by permit.

Flora & Fauna

Fauna:
  • Pika
  • Marmot
  • Moose
  • Black Bears
  • Grizzly Bears

Birds:
  • American Dippers
  • Harlequin Ducks
  • Western Tanagers
  • Ruby-Crowned Kinglets
  • Yellow-Rumped Warblers
  • Golden Eagles
  • Steller’s Jays
  • Gray Jays
  • Golden-Crowned Kinglets
  • Dark-Eyed
    Juncos
  • Townsend’s Warblers

Flora:
  • Dense conifer forest
  • Open meadows of
    wildflowers
  • As elevation increases, wildflowers
    abound while trees become stunted and eventually shrub-like.

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Shared By:

Tom Robson

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Looking into Death Canyon from Fox Creek Pass.
Oct 11, 2020 near Moose W…, WY
Death Canyon Shelf
Oct 11, 2020 near Moose W…, WY
The final ascent from Death Canyon to Fox Creek Pass.
Oct 11, 2020 near Moose W…, WY
Phelps Lake
Oct 11, 2020 near Moose W…, WY
Phelps Lake
Oct 18, 2020 near Moose W…, WY
A peaceful view along the creek through Death Canyon.
Oct 11, 2020 near Moose W…, WY

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Jun 3, 2018
Matthew Beeson
Cross about 6 snow fields. Easily done with walking poles. 8.6mi