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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  • What a super trail. Its about 7 miles RT to the patrol hut. You hike through lush forest to a scenic overlook of Phelps lake, down switchbacks to near the lake and then head west into the canyon. Up a...  more »
  • The road to the trail head is definitely a high clearance vehicle only road right now. Parking at the start of the dirt road is a great option for regular cars. We parked at the bottom and hiked up to...  more »
  • Getting to the parking was the worst part, the trail has huge potholes! The hike was not bad and we ran into 4 moose and it was a moment of a lifetime! The finish of the trail is an overlook of Phelps...  more »
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