Teton Crest Trail 2017

October 13, 2017
Fresh snow on trail with deep drifting - winter-like conditions!
August 23, 2017
No ice axe needed.  There is a small trail washout near Paintbrush Divide - use caution in this area. 
August 19, 2017
Only a few small patches of snow remain along the trail and they are easily passable.  Water is still plentiful along the route.  Small (approx. 20' long) patch of steep snow must still be crossed just below the east side of Paintbrush Divide.  Well worn hiker "trough" across this patch.  Hikers are encouraged to travel with trekking poles at a minimum or an ice axe depending on comfort level. 
August 6, 2017

Looking toward Hurricane Pass and Alaska Basin from the summit of the Middle

July 31, 2017
Paintbrush Divide still requires the use of an ice axe for safe passage.  Several sections of the Crest Trail remain snow covered.









July 17, 2017
Aerial photos to Crest Trail taken on 7.13.17.  Hurricane pass appears passable without an ice axe, but Paintbrush Divide still requires an ice axe for safe passage, and will for the foreseeable future.
Trail leading from Marion Lake and across the DC Shelf
Alaska Basin - Sheep Steps are still holding snow
Hurricane Pass
July 8, 2017
The snow is melting fast but most of the Crest Trail remains snow covered. Travel off the Teton Village Tram poses route finding challenges and steep snow. There is some dry camping in the South-Middle Fork of Granite Canyon then the sites at Marion lake are all snow covered. From Marion Lake to the South Fork of Cascade Canyon the trail is 70 to 90% snow. The upper North Fork of Cascade Canyon, Paintbush Divide (see Divide conditions under "Passes") and Upper Paintbrush Canyon to below Holly Lake are all snow. Ice axes and sturdy boots are recommended for the passes, particularly Paintbrush Divide.


                                     Looking north across Fox Creek Pass at the Death Canyon Shelf - 7.8.17. 


June 26, 2017
The Crest Trail remains very snowy from the Teton Village Tram to Lower Paintbrush Canyons.  The route is estimated to be roughly 80-90% snow covered.  An ice axe is recommended for all mountain passes, and crampons may be needed during early morning travel due to firm snow.


 Snow abounds in the high country above 9000'.  Marion Lake to South Fork Cascade Canyon.
Trail from Marion Lake across the Death Shelf and descent into Alaska Basin.
 Hurricane pass and upper South Fork of Cascade Canyon
 North Fork Cascade Canyon and the western aspect of Paintbrush Divide.