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Death Canyon ~ Grand Teton Nat. Park

Post By: Jake
8/3/10

Veronica and I just got back from an amazing backpacking trip in Grand Teton National Park. We have a parks pass this year and wanted to fully utilize it, so we picked a hike inside the park. We started at the Death canyon Trailhead, hiked up Death Canyon, across the plateau to Marion Lake, and down Granite Canyon back to the Death Canyon Trailhead. roughly 25 miles and roughly 4,000 vertical feet up, then back down. 2 nights, 3 days. If you haven’t been to the Tetons, they are gorgeous and totally worth a trip, BUT be prepared for LOTS of people. The park is fairly small (compared to Yellowstone, or Glacier…the next closest parks) and the trails are fairly limited so the MANY people are all concentrated to a hundred or so miles of park trails. We never made it more than a mile without running into other parties backpacking or day hiking. Most of the parties we ran into in the high country were very friendly and courteous. Several of the people we ran into in the lower country (mostly day hikers) were clueless to trail etiquette to downright rude and crude (more than a few parties were actively drinking cans of beer while hiking down the trail at 1:00 in the afternoon!!! On our last day, on the way out to the car, I got a little excited, thinking someone was handing out free cold beer at the trailhead!)

Anyways… wonderful weekend, gorgeous scenery, lots of wild (somewhat) game, billions of mosquitoes, and a lifetime of memories.

 

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