Death Canyon, Grand Teton National Park

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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 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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  • We only hiked as far as the Phelps Lake Overlook. The climb was a bit steep but still very doable. I would describe it as easy to moderate. There are plenty of places to stop along the way and catch y...  more »
  • Perfect hike for a family. We went together to the Phelps Lake overlook, then some of use hiked around the lake, while some of us ventured into Death Canyon. Something for everyone, and both were so b...  more »
  • My knees were about to give out by the last day of our Teton/Yellowstone vacation, but we took our sons advice and decided to try and make it to the Phelps Lake Overlook. I'm so glad we did, "outstand...  more »
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