Devil's Staircase Trail
ElevationAscent: 2,342' 714 m
Descent: -19' -6 m
High: 9,711' 2,960 m
Low: 7,389' 2,252 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)
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“A steep, rocky trail leading up to and across the shelf above Teton Canyon and ending at the Teton Crest Trail.”— Tomsen Reed
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.
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