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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Explore Devils Garden in Arches National Park

Tom’s experience hiking the Devils Garden Trail:

Devils Garden in Arches National Park has the most arches per mile hiked than anywhere in the world.
Hiking Arches National Park

 

The Devils Garden Trail competes with the Delicate Arch trail as the most popular trail in Arches National Park.

Hiking Devils Garden

The trail is very well maintained for the first mile or so until you reach Landscape Arch (one of the largest natural bridges in the world). After that, it is less maintained and you will be walking through a lot of sand and across narrow sandstone cliffs.

Devils Garden Arches

The total distance of the loop hike is 7.2 miles if you take every spur trail to each arch. There is some elevation changes throughout the hike but nothing too bad.

Devils Garden Landscape Arch

Along this trail you will see Tunnel Arch, Pine Tree Arch, Landscape Arch, Wall Arch, Partition Arch, Navajo Arch, Black Arch, Double O Arch, Dark Angel monolith, Private arch and a trip through Fin Canyon.

Arches National Park

There are also other unmarked arches and rock formations along the way that you can find if you are observant.

Devils Garden Arches NP

The trail has very minor scrambling but nothing very difficult. It is also very well marked and should be easy to follow.  Of all the arches I think Wall Arch was my favorite.

Arches Devils Garden

Dogs are not allowed on this trail. Climbing on arches is also not allowed. There are about 300 parking spaces in the Devils Garden Trailhead parking. If you arrive after about 9:30 there is a good chance the parking lot will be full and you will have a hard time finding a spot. There are outhouses and a drinking fountain at the trailhead.

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Trail Info: Follow the main road in Arches National Park all the way to the end to the Devils Garden Trailhead. The road is well marked and it is easy to find.

GPS:

Devils Garden Trailhead:     38.782905, -109.594944

Landscape Arch:     38.790589, -109.607168

Double O Arch:     38.799298, -109.621003

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