Hiking The Death Canyon Trail

The 15th most popular hiking trail in Wyoming.

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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.

Overall, Death Canyon Trail is the 15th most popular hiking trail of all 18 hikes in Wyoming. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Death Canyon Trail including Cascade Canyon / Lake Solitude Trail, Teton Crest Trail, Cache Creek/Game Creek Loop and CDT - South Pass City to Big Sandy Lake.

Death Canyon Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Grand Teton National Park (307) 739-3300; Wyoming Tourism (307) 777-7777.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Wyoming" from Bill Hunger

Recommended Map:  "Grand Teton National Park" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  May - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  Jenny Lake Lodge

Luxury Loding:  Jackson Lake Lodge; Triangle X Ranch, Moose

Breakfast Restaurant:  Jedadiah's, Jackson

Reference Source:  click here http://www.nps.gov/grte/

Date Published:  5/19/2016

Date Updated:  7/13/2016

ID:  19307

Death Canyon Trail Hiking Map


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