Garnet Canyon

  • Grand Teton National Park - Garnet Canyon Hike - © Copyright Flickr User quaziefoto
  • Grand Teton National Park - Garnet Canyon Hike - © Copyright Flickr User quaziefoto
  • Grand Teton National Park - Garnet Canyon Hike - © Copyright Flickr User quaziefoto
  • Grand Teton National Park - Garnet Canyon Hike - © Copyright Flickr User quaziefoto
  • Grand Teton National Park - Garnet Canyon Hike - © Copyright Flickr User quaziefoto
  • Grand Teton National Park - Garnet Canyon Hike - © Copyright Flickr User quaziefoto
  • Grand Teton National Park - Garnet Canyon Hike - © Copyright Flickr User quaziefoto
  • Grand Teton National Park - Garnet Canyon Hike - © Copyright Flickr User quaziefoto
  • Grand Teton National Park - Garnet Canyon Hike - © Copyright Flickr User quaziefoto
  • Grand Teton National Park - Garnet Canyon Hike - © Copyright Flickr User quaziefoto

Key information: Garnet Canyon

    • A short, but action-packed walk through an area popular with climbers seeking to reach the summit of the Grand Tetons.
      • Stunning, close up, views of some of the highest and most iconic peaks in the Teton Range.
        • This is a tough mountainous walk, on which you will have to be self-sufficient. Come prepared.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating82
  • Beauty33
  • Natural interest17
  • Human interest0
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating82

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Day or less
  • Maximum Altitude: around 2,800m
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
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WALK SUMMARY

Often frequented by climbers, the Garnet Canyon Trail is an exciting high country hike with stunning up-close views of Middle Teton.

Beginning at the Lupine Meadows Trailhead, the walk begins with a relatively flat stretch through mature forest, before heading up a ridge to the first junction. After heading west, there are a series of switchbacks climbing steeply to Garnet Canyon Trail. Once here, turn south and follow the trail above the stream to its source in a large boulder field, finishing below the towering peaks of Middle Teton. You then retrace your steps back to the beginning.

You will be accompanied by the clanking of climbers' equipment, and if you intend to tackle any of the steeper areas near the summit, you will need your own ropes along with some rock climbing expertise.

The distance of this hike varies significantly according to preference, from around 13 km up to 20 or more. Where the official trail tails off, giving way to climbers' paths, there is the option to continue walking for some considerable distance: but bear in mind that the terrain will get more difficult and markings will be much more limited. A delightful side trip to nearby Surprise and Amphitheatre Lakes adds another 6km or so to the walk.

The Grand Teton Loop joins the trail on its way from Taggart and Bradley Lakes, following it to the Lupine Meadows Trailhead, and on to Jenny Lake.

There is some camping available in the 'off-trail', upper reaches of the canyon. If you are interested, enquire at one of the visitor centres or ranger stations.

 

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Safety and problems: All walks have inherent risks and potential problems, and many of the walks featured on this website involve significant risks, dangers and problems. Problems of any sort can arise on any walk. This website does not purport to identify any (or all) actual or potential risks, dangers and problems that may relate to any particular walk.

Any person who is considering undertaking this walk should do careful research and make their own assessment of the risks, dangers and possible problems involved. They should also go to “Important information” for further important information.

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