Climbing the exotic Chutes and Ladders trail

Tom’s experience at Chutes and Ladders:

Chutes and Ladders is a really fun but very dangerous adventure along the coast of Maui. The trailhead is a little difficult to find but the hike is not very long.
Chutes and Ladders Trail

You start hiking through some over growth on a dirt road. This will lead to a fork, take the left fork and it will lead directly to the ocean.

Chutes and Ladders Hike

The coast is very steep and rocky. You will need to carefully climb down to a small trail along the ocean. When we went there were some worn ropes that were put up to assist people down.

Chutes and Ladders Climb

Be careful and test the ropes before putting your body weight on the ropes. The climb is not overly difficult but a fall will lead to a serious injury and most likely death.

Chutes and Ladders Maui

Once you reach the bottom of the climb there is a trail that is narrow in one spot but pretty easily followed. I would recommend good shoes for this adventure. The lava rock is sharp and the trail can be slippery.

Maui Chutes and Ladders

Follow the trail around the cliffs and it will lead to a small pool that you can swim in. Be careful if the ocean is high enough to spill into the pool if you do swim in it that you don’t get carried away out to the ocean.

Chutes and Ladders Pool

Also there is a sign near the beginning of the trailhead saying the trail is dangerous and not to go down. Use your own judgement.

Tom’s Rating:

Trail Info: The trailhead is difficult to find. It is along highway 30 in between Lahaina and the Nakalele Blowhole. There is a small pullout along the street just after mile marker 37.5 on the coast side. Park here and there are a few signs warning you to not trespass and to be careful along the dangerous cliffs.

GPS:

Parking Lot: 21.029228, -156.600672

Chutes and Ladders Pool: 21.030358,-156.604067

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Hike the world class Teton Crest Trail through Grand Teton National Park

Tom’s experience on the Teton Crest Trail:

The Teton Crest Trail is a world class mountain hike through Grand Teton National Park.
Teton Crest Trail GTNP

The Teton Crest Trail follows along the Tetons on the other side of the mountains from the popular campgrounds in the national park.

Teton Crest Trail Hike

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.

Teton Crest Trail Wyoming

 

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.

Hiking Teton Crest Trail

 

It was really fun and I would recommend it however it is more expensive than hiking it yourself.

Teton Crest Trail Grand Teton National Park

There were a lot of hang gliders that were going from the summit of the tram which were fun to watch.

Grand Teton National Park Teton Crest Trail

From there we hiked past Marion Lake to Fox Creek Pass.

GTNP Teton Crest Trail
We were unable to get permits for the locations we wanted/needed in order to hike it in the time frame we had.

Through Hike Teton Crest Trail

Because of that we had to camp outside of the national park where permits are not required.

Wildflowers Teton Crest Trail

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.

Teton Crest Trail Wildflowers

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.

Teton Crest Trail

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.

Teton Crest Trail Photos

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.

Teton Crest Trail Through Hike

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.

Tom’s Rating:

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.

GPS:

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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