North of Jackson and west of Moose, the Death Canyon Trail is a 15.6 mile trail that is commonly used to access the backcountry and link multiday backpacking trips, but hiking the first sections of the trail can make for an enjoyable day hike. There are four different segments described below, each increasing in distant traveled and difficulty.
Phelps Lake Overlook, 1.8 miles roundtrip, 420-foot elevation change, MODERATE
Trail climbs moraine to overlook Phelps Lake.
Phelps Lake, 4.0 miles roundtrip, 987-foot elevation change, STRENUOUS
Trail climbs to overlook, then descends to Phelps Lake. Return involves steep hike up to overlook.
Death Canyon-Static Peak Trail Junction, 7.6 miles roundtrip,1061-foot elevation change, STRENUOUS
Trail climbs up and then down to Phelps Lake,followed by a climb into Death Canyon.
Static Peak Divide, 15.6 miles roundtrip, 4020-foot elevation change, VERY STRENUOUS
Switchbacks through whitebark pine forest to impressive views. An ice axe may be necessary until August.
Heading north from Jackson on US 191, turn left (west) on Teton Park Road at Moose Junction towards the Moose Visitors Center. After you cross over the river, turn left onto Moose-Wilson Road (this road is closed to trucks with trailers and RVs). The Death Canyon Trailhead is located on the right off the Moose-Wilson Road, follow signs.