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Darby Canyon Wind Cave Trail is a 6.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Alta, Wyoming that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 6.9 mi Elevation gain 2,001 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Running

Cave

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Snow

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Getting There

The first part of this hike is a nice walk through the woods. It is pretty snowy through here in the spring. The gradual incline starts right at the end of the wooded section. From here, its a walk along the hill overlooking the valley below. This continues for around a mile until the path curves at a rocky area. Another section through meadows and woods and you'll get to the waterfall. After that, its much steeper taking the path up to the cave. NOTE: If you decide to explore the ice caves, you'll need climbing gear.

The trailhead is located about 20 minutes just outside the town of Driggs at the end of Darby Canyon Road. It is very easy to miss the turnoff from Highway 33. The turn off is south of the Spud Theater. When you get to the fork that goes to the girls camp, stay left.

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Olympia W.
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HikingOff trailRockyScrambleWashed out

Fairly easy/moderate trail. There is creek water to filter at the start of the trail and then towards the end near the cave and waterfall. The cave is super cold so bring some extra layers. You can climb up the small cascading waterfalls to get inside the cave. But be careful around the waterfalls since it is VERY SLIPPERY and you could potentially tumble down, down, down... which would be bad since it is quite steep! Inside the cave, it is not that scenic. No pretty formations or anything. But the entrance is cool! I would bring a helmet and headlamp! You can make it a decent ways inside the cave but I stopped and turned around after seeing a moderate rocky drop off. You can crawl through a tiny tunnel which is fun! I didn’t hear about the ice cave until after returning but that sounds awesome! (Not sure if you’d need vertical gear and experience to access that though). Lots of cavers went through the main cave entrance with vertical equipment. Lots of opportunities (pullouts) for free dispersed camping along Darby Canyon Road.

Brother Godfrey
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Hiking

Awesome! Inspiring! I’m going back!

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Lisa Tran
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HikingGreat!

Went Saturday August 8, 8am. Hardly ran into people until 10:30. Beautiful trail filled with wild flowers! Cave was chilly, bring light jacket & headlamp. We went back as far as we could before it got to the point where you have to start crawling on your stomach, at that point you should head back if you’re not an experienced spelunker (it leads to the Darby ice cave). Online it says you can reach the Ice Cave via trail just before the memorial for Ora Lee Holst cuts left and continues up the valley but the opening isn’t as cool as the front. Took about 3 hrs RT but we took our time.

Megan Hedges
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

Such a fun trail! I started at 7 am on a weekday and had the whole cave to myself- only the second one out for the day. I would definitely start early as I passed lines of many people on their way up as I was heading back down around 9:30 am. Cave is awesome with a cool waterfall perfect for a quick splash (or shower haha) trail is moderate took me about 4 hours total. I hiked it alone and saw lots of marmots and deer and no bears.

Stewart Carnes
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Hiking

Great hike. It earns it's difficulty rating. Darby Canyon is beautiful. The first mile is through thick forest and vegetation and then gradually the vegetation opens up. Great views. The waterfall is great. The cave is spectacular. Make sure you bring a light.

Anthony Melvin
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Hiking

Road to the trail is pretty nice. Trail itself was well maintained. Lots of people out but was able to find a parking spot in the afternoon. Definitely recommend.

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Sunshine Keuter
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Took the family up, my littles (7 & 9) were able to complete the trail. It was a rocky path but not too bad. Very trafficked (Sunday). Parking is limited. Steady grade until the last 1/2 mile where it gets a little steeper. Then you’re at the waterfall to refresh before exploring. Can get chilly by the waterfall and in the cave.

Brian Vits
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scott w
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HikingGreat!

This trail is listed as hard but I think it's more moderate. It is a great hike with a reward of a waterfall and cave at the end. Take a flashlight and jacket if you're going to go in the cave. It's a little chilly.

Jeff Steiner
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Hiking

This was a moderate hike on a well-maintained trail with amazing wildflowers. We enjoyed lunch in the shadow of the waterfall before we ventured a ways back into the cave. Take lights, and be sure to take a jacket, because it is DARK and COLD back in there. There's not a lot to see in the cave, but it's always neat to experience the void of total darkness. Very enjoyable hike for our last day in the Tetons!

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Jeff Steiner
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Hiking
Ryan Seebach
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Hiking

Nice straight forward hike with gradual elevation gain till the end with some more aggressive switchbacks. Great wildflower meadows, good views and a unique waterfall and cave at the end. Word of warning, This seems to be a popular trail so I would avoid on weekends unless you like passing a unrelenting line of people on your way down.....Get to the trail early and you will have time to explore the cave/waterfall without lots of people around.

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Victoria P.
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, wildflowers are out in abundance and the cave is really cool (and cold!), however it was unbelievably crowded and only about a tenth of the hikers wore masks in the crowded areas which was really disappointing / disturbing.

Carynn Butler
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Hiking

Love this trail! We usually make an overnight trip of it and spend a day or so exploring the cave. Easy to pack a backpack in and out. Saw quite a few deer, lots of little rodents. Bugs weren’t too bad this time.

Cortney Rodriguez
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HikingBugsScramble

Great Trail! I went in mid to late July, the bees and horse flies were out to pester! But the wildflowers were beautiful and the view of the waterfall and the cave is amazing! Took me 2.5hrs total, I rucked out. Pathway was well groomed, not overly gravely, some scrambling at the cave, but you don’t have to you can still get to it.

Summer Coldoff
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Hiking

Super sick views and a really fun trail. Always lots of tourists but once you get up to the caves it’s just you. Going further back in the caves is super cool - bring headlamps!

Roman Ivenski
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Hiking

The best trail we have done in Teton area - beautiful flowers, waterfall, not crowded.

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Heather Gregersen
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Hiking

great family hike. we had a 12, 15, and 18 yr old with us but saw 6 and 8 yr olds along the trail. it took us 4 hrs and 20 minutes round trip. beautiful hike and great weather. not too hot even though we started the hike close to 11 a.m. pretty busy trail, but still super worth it!

Kari Peterson
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Hiking

Great trail with beautiful views! Take advantage of the cool mornings to avoid lots of traffic and the heat. Tons of wild flowers out.

Glen Werner
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Hiking

Had fun on this one, nice little waterfall right outside the cave. Made for a perfect break spot. Only made it through the first 3 cave holes before got a little to tight for our group. Would do again

T M
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Hiking

Loved the varied terrain and the last mile up into the cave and across the water was really fun. Definitely hard to stay on trail on the final half mile of switchbacks

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Kat Rieke
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HikingRocky

This was fun but earned it’s difficult rating, our group did not make it to the cave as one of us was feeling the altitude too much. Still, a beautiful hike with gorgeous views of the valley and the cave for a good portion of it. We made it to the first tiny little waterfall which was vert neat and a great place for a small snack. We started the hike about 8:30 in the morning and saw only 2 other groups on our way up and like 7 groups on our way back down, so I’m sure it gets busier later in the day.

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Dina V.
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Great hike with so many stunning views. last push to the cave was rocky and steep so take your time and ensure your footing is good.

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