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Beautiful hike. Lots of shade. Bring a jacket for the cave

Scenic hike along the river with good opportunities to see wildlife.

The cave is even more impressive than you imagine. When we went, the wildflowers were stunning. Highly recommended.

backpacking
6 days ago

This was an awesome trail. It came out to be just under 40 miles. We did 3 nights and 4 days. Started at the tram and camped at Fox Creek, North Fork of Cascade Canyon, and Upper Paintbrush. We came out at String Lake.

hiking
7 days ago

beautiful hike I've done it a few times, but we saw a rattle snake when we went last year at dusk in early august, so be careful.

backpacking
8 days ago

Gorgeous hike. This map leaves out the hardest but most rewarding part of the trip. The hike up paintbrush pass and the drop into paintbrush canyon is the jewel of the hike. Did the 40ish miles over three night (four days). Took the tram from Teton Village to start the trip and then hiked to Death Canyon Shelf. Second day we stayed at Sunrise Lake. Third night was Lower Paintbrush Canyon.

As others have said, closer to 7 miles than the 5.3 stated here and elsewhere. Strongly recommend hiking poles for those going up to the cave - the last half-mile is a bit tricky. Beautiful and not crowded so well worth the drive.

10 days ago

Beautiful hike and views. The wildflowers were amazing. Saw a bull moose in the water when we got to Alduous Lake.

I've been mountain biking a few times on this trail. It is super fun and when you get to falls, it can be fun to follow the trail down to the actual waterfall (but be careful!). the trails are super bumpy and washed out. but all in all a really great experience! :)

Nice easy trail. The river is fairly calm this stretch, and the trail offers overlooks and a few areas of river access. I only saw one other person on the trail, but parts of it skirt around a campground so there was a lot of noise and generator smells for that section. The rest the hike was very pleasant and easy. Good for walking, running, or biking.

Awesome !!!

Trail is challenging after an about 4 mile ride to the trailhead on an unpaved, rough road. We had 10 hikers go up to the cave and back (ages 12 - 52) and this hike from the trailhead is 8 plus miles in length round trip so the 5.3 distance is way off. This is definitely a moderate+ hike for the occasional hiker up and down with a 1700 feet elevation gain. The biting horse flys on the hike made it aggravating but did not move this down to a four star hike. Would definitely recommend this hike when in the Teton area.

Great trail. First half mile is all sidewalks (fully handicap accessible). The next half mile loop is well marked and has signs and benches. Even more fun is the trail to the top. It heads off the second loop. There are some steep sections and boulders to climb, especially near the top. The views of the Snake River from the top is fabulous. Well worth the challenge. Enjoy!

easy, flat trail in mostly shaded forest with beautiful wildflowers and river views.

I like this trail but I like to expand on it. At the four wheeler trail on the east side I take that and go to the east up to the pipeline trail that goes north up the side of the mountain. Also on the east side of cress creek trail there is another trail that I call Kim‘s trail that goes straight up the side of the mountain they are both good workouts so a trekking poll or walking stick is a good idea.

Definitely a 7 Mile hike! The cave is just wonderful. This is an absolute can't-miss!

Amazing hike, stunning views and cave, though definitely longer than the advertised length— I think it’s about 7-8 miles round trip.

very fun trail, wonderful vistas

Amazing hike! Absolutely beautiful. My gps tracked it at about 7.5 miles going up into the caves(not very far in the cave). When we did the hike, all the streams were dried up, so we didn't need any kind of water shoes...guess it just depends on how much rain there's been or what time of year it is. Also, if you want to explore the cave, bring headlamps & jackets! temperature felt like it dropped 30 degrees once we got in the cave. this is one of my faves!

It’s a beautiful hike. We always think we’ve passed it before we find it. The first half is paved and the second half is gravel. Go up the gravel for a great view of the snake river, and don’t forget to read the signs!

backpacking
22 days ago

Completed this loop July 21st-23rd 2018. Two nights and about two and half days total hiking, with campsites at South Cascade Fork and Surprise Lake (slight detour). I logged about 40 miles total with the 6 mile total side trip to Surprise/Amphitheater Lakes, so the Alltrails mileage is a bit off.
A few notes:
Teton Crest Trail (North to South)- Plenty of amazing campsites along the South Cascade Fork. Two short snowfields left to cross or detour around. Amazing view of the three Tetons from the top of the pass. Crosses into Alaska Basin (National Forest territory), where there is also dispersed camping around Sunset Lake. Wish I would have known that going in but oh well. :)
Alaska Basin Shelf Trail- This is where it got tricky. There were about 10 large snow fields to cross where there were no decent detour options. Over Buck Mountain Pass you think you're done but oh no, there's a massive steep snow field that wraps around the basin leading up to Static Divide. Spikes and an ice ax would have made my life a lot easier here. Crossed it and a few smaller ones to get up to Static Divide. If you have a spare 15-20 min, go ahead and bag Buck Mountain right off the divide. Gorgeous views, and steep switchbacks with some snowpack left going down.

All other trails were smooth sailing. Overall, a stunning hike and awesome backpacking experience. Definitely coming back to hike the whole Teton Crest Trail next.

hiking
22 days ago

Great easy hike to take the family on. Super pretty views and diverse terrain. Passes by a few small springs that are pretty. Dog friendly! Make sure you have bug spray

hiking
23 days ago

I was fortunate enough to be able to do this hike with a group of great ladies. it did rain on and off the whole day. We put on our rain jackets and hiked on. The clouds hung over the mountains just enough to make the mountain look like it was in a mist. The fields of flowers were amazing. The colors were so vibrant.
We tracked the round trip mileage to the cave and back closer to 7 miles.

Beautiful hike for all ages. Using the map on this app to show our location on the trail was great to show the kids how far they had made it and how much left to go was really helpful.

Used the trail to go trout fishing in the Box Canyon. The trail is a very beautiful trail and for parts of it follows the top of the canyon along the escarpment. Descending to the river can be tricky at times because of a steep inclines. It’s a beautiful stretch of river and a beautiful trail.

Don’t leave the trail without checking at the trail head where the Buffalo River joins the Henry’s Fork — there are two dams - one for The Buffalo and the Other for Henry’s Fork.

off road driving
26 days ago

I have driven this my entire life, I always enjoyed it and the nature and the river.

This is a great hike with beautiful scenery and plenty of covverage to keep you out of the sun for most of the trail. There are plenty of spots to camp between Lower and Upper Palisades with a few between Upper Palisades Lake and Waterfall Canyon.

great trail for kids

Unbelievable hike!!! Did this yesterday with my family of five—three teenage boys. Reasonably challenging but doable for individuals that only hike periodically. Wildflowers were beautiful. Trails well-maintained. Views of the surrounding mountains, streams, and waterfall gorgeous. Last 1/2 mike challenging but worth it.

Long drive down a gravel road to get the trail head. No cell phone service on the trail so plan accordingly.

gr8 wild flowers at top

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