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Cirque Trail

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2.0 mile 3.2 kilometer point to point
67% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 1,310' 399 m
Descent: -40' -12 m
High: 10,388' 3,166 m
Low: 9,118' 2,779 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)

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Trail shared by Jason Smith

An awesome trail from Bridger Gondola to Rendezvous Mountain summit.

Jason Smith

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

No dogs allowed on the tram & check operating hours before embarking.

Runner Notes

Layer accordingly & plan for any variety of alpine weather. Expect rocky terrain with some exposure & scrambling as you contour around the upper reaches of Rendezvous Mountain toward the summit. When the tram is running during the summer, you can download.

Description

Look for the start of the Cirque Trail on the south side of the Bridger Restaurants, and venture up the rocky and wildflower-covered Headwall before merging into the Cirque/Tensleep Bowl areas. Once into the Tensleep area, you'll be among sub-alpine forest and huge boulders. Looking up you'll also be just below the famous Corbet's Couloir ski run.

Continue past until you gain the east ridge, to just above the Sublette chairlift. Here, some scrambling is required, so use caution through this exposed area! The route/rocks are marked with red paint indicating the easiest path through this short section. Scramble up this craggy, knife-edged trail, until you arrive at the top of Corbet's Couloir! A few hundred feet more brings you to the top of the tram.

Cirque Trail is part of the Rendezvous Mountain Hillclimb, a classic trail race that goes down every August.

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#113

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#5,074

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Wildflowers popping on Cirque Trail with Rendezvous Mountain summit in the background. Photo by Patrick Nelson / Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Jul 22, 2015 near Moose W…, WY
With Corbet's Couloir & Rendezvous Mountain summit in the foreground, runners on Cirque Trail enjoy one of the best running trails in the southern Tetons. Photo: Patrick Nelson / Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
Jul 22, 2015 near Moose W…, WY
Looking down Corbet's Couloir near the top of the Cirque Trail
Jul 19, 2015 near Moose W…, WY
Looking into Grand Teton NP from the Jackson Hole Tram.
Jan 28, 2015 near Moose W…, WY
Above the E Ridge scramble / final stretch to the top of Rendezvous Mountain!
Aug 5, 2015 near Moose W…, WY
The bench on the East Ridge section of the Cirque Trail, just before the "red rock" scramble section.
Jul 19, 2015 near Moose W…, WY

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