“A steep, rocky trail leading up to and across the shelf above Teton Canyon and ending at the Teton Crest Trail.”
— Tomsen Reed
Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
From South Teton Trail #027
at approximately 2.7 miles in from the trailhead, there is a split in the trails that heads to the right, up the Devil's Staircase Trail. The trail starts out with some pretty mild switchbacks through some alpine meadows, but soon enough starts increasing in steepness and starts to get pretty rocky in places, although the trail through this section is primarily still dirt through intermittent forest.
After about 0.5 miles, the trail enters a large meadow and mellows out slightly for about a quarter of a mile through this meadow until the trail reaches the last section of steep switchbacks, which soon turns into a veritable staircase of broken limestone rock (hence the name "Devil's Staircase"), which is a really cool section. The views here are incredible of The Wedge, as well as Buck Mountain and down into Teton Canyon and Teton Creek.
After reaching the top of the stairs section, the trail mellows out considerably, although it still climbs steadily across the top of this shelf at the base of The Wedge and Mount Meek. The top of the stairs comes out into a beautiful meadow on the top of the shelf and continues along the shelf for another three miles or so before hitting and ending at the Teton Crest Trail
Flora & Fauna
Various local wildflowers, moose, and black bears,