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Death Canyon Trail

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Trail

9.8 mile 15.7 kilometer point to point
86% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 3,150' 960 m
Descent: -383' -117 m
High: 9,573' 2,918 m
Low: 6,767' 2,062 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)

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Trail shared by Tom Robson

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

Tom Robson

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

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  4.6 from 7 votes

#3

in South

#5265

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#121

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Heading down Death Canyon.
May 13, 2016 near Moose W…, WY
Crossing Death Canyon Creek... again.
May 13, 2016 near Moose W…, WY

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