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Death Canyon, Grand Teton National Park

#10 of 17 in Nature in Grand Teton National Park
Canyon · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Death Canyon is located in Grand Teton National Park, in the U.S. state of Wyoming. The canyon was formed by glaciers which retreated at the end of the last glacial maximum approximately 15,000 years ago, leaving behind a U-shaped valley. The trailhead for the canyon is located on a side road off the Moose-Wilson Road, approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) from the park headquarters at Moose, Wyoming. At the base of the canyon is Phelps Lake which was created by glacial activity. The Death Canyon Trail extends the length of the canyon to Fox Creek Pass, at which point the Death Canyon Shelf, a relative narrow and level plateau, can be traversed. The canyon has many Whitebark Pine stands, particularly near the tree line. At the junction of the Death Canyon and the Alaska Basin trails, the historic Death Canyon Barn is preserved after being listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.
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  • Challenging 7.9 mi RT hike. Do not attempt if you're not in decent shape or accustomed to steep inclines. Parking at the trailhead is indeed off-road. You may see cars parked along the way once the.....  more »
  • I've never encountered as many flies as I did on this trail, holy smokes! Be ready to bat them away constantly. Other than that this is a nice moderate hike that ends in a gorgeous view of "Phelps.....  more »
  • Cool canyon with very steep sides. Buggy when I camped there overnight in mid July. My campsite was pretty cool on an outcropping of rock above a bunch of trees.

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