Tom’s experience on the Teton Crest Trail:
The Teton Crest Trail follows along the Tetons on the other side of the mountains from the popular campgrounds in the national park.
The trail is very popular and you will see other people along it but the deeper you are in the mountains the less people you will pass.
We took a short cut when we hiked this and took the Teton Village Tram up to cut down a lot of the elevation on the first day.
It was really fun and I would recommend it however it is more expensive than hiking it yourself.
There were a lot of hang gliders that were going from the summit of the tram which were fun to watch.
From there we hiked past Marion Lake to Fox Creek Pass.
Because of that we had to camp outside of the national park where permits are not required.
We also climbed to the top of a small spire that was outside of the national park. It was a fun climb that was exposed on loose rocks but we all made it safely. On day two we went from just below Fox Creek Pass to Alaska Basin.
The trail through this area had some wonderful wildflowers especially Alaska Basin. It was really fun and we spent a ton of time taking the scenery in.
Since we didn’t have permits we had to spend the night in Alaska Basin which is outside of the national park. On day three we went from Alaska Basin down Cascade Canyon to String Lake Trailhead.
This portion of the trail had the best views of the mountains and was also very pretty. We took a side route and went up to Ice Flow lake which was really neat.
The views of the Tetons were gorgeous and we didn’t have any problem with wildlife. Dogs are not allowed on the backcountry trails in Teton National Park.
Trail Info: The trail requires multiple cars or a shuttle but the trailheads are not very far apart and it is a short drive. You can put in at multiple places but the traditional Teton Crest Trail starts outside of the park at Coal Creek but you can enter from any of the canyons or from the Teton Village Tram. The trail ends at the String Lake Trailhead.
Teton Village Tram: 43.597277,-110.870697
Marion Lake: 43.624031,-110.928376
Alaska Basin: 43.696675,-110.850195
String Lake Trailhead: 43.784325,-110.726395
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