Death Canyon to Patrol Cabin

MODERATE 23 reviews
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Death Canyon to Patrol Cabin is a 7.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Jackson, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from July until September.

7.6 miles
2103 feet
Out & Back


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wild flowers

Grand Teton National Park P.O. Drawer 170 Moose, WY 83012-0170 Information (307) 739-3300 More information:

The road leading to the trail turns into a very rough dirt road that requires four-wheel drive. Our car couldn't handle it so we had to walk that part to the trailhead. I don't recommend driving the road as it has huge holes, tons of rocks, and big wet areas. The hike is gorgeous and there is a ton of wildlife. We saw a Pika who had made his burrow right off the trail, tons of marmots, and pine marten. The trail is nice and easy to the gorgeous phelps lake lookout, but once you start the canyon it is rough the rest of the way. Cascade Canyon is way easier than this one, but Death Canyon is definitely worth it.

9 days ago

Great hike! Family-friendly. We only hiked as far as Phelps Lake Overlook. Incredible view!

10 days ago

Amazing hike. 100 feet of snow or so at the end. The last mile of the drive isn't really 4x4 as much as high clearance.

11 days ago

14 days ago

Only went up to the Phelps Lake lookout (1 mile in); would love to go back and see the cabin, at least!

28 days ago

Insanely verdant trail full of marmots and excellent views. We did get growled at by a mountain lion on the way back at sunset, so be wary that there are bears and mountain lions in the area. We carried bear spray

1 month ago

5 months ago

Amazing trail! I don't give many hikes a five star rating but this trail is truly amazing. Mountains, lakes, and wild life everywhere you go.

8 months ago

9 months ago

10 months ago

Spent the night in the canyon. Beautiful hike with good views of Phelps Lake and the waterfalls the feed it. Easy hike up to the overlook (1.0 mile). Past that there is a steady climb up switchback that can, and will, tire novices. Once you get to the Patrol Cabin (2.9 miles), the canyon opens up and levels out. Tons of wild life, aside from the typical chipmunks, squirrels, and field mice, our group saw marmot, a moose and her calf, and after waking up we had three mule deer practically in our camp. Other hikers also told us they saw a brown bear cub just after the overlook.

11 months ago

Nicely mixed trail. In mid July starts with an easier hike through lovely flower meadows. Gets to Phelps lake with nice lake views. Then trail gets rockier and steeper. Some nice waterfall viewpoints and saw a bull moose, pika, and marmots along with several birds. At the top of the waterfall are some nice spots along calmer water to have lunch or take a dip. The road to the trailhead is unpaved and very rocky. I parked at the start of it, nearly 2 miles round trip added to the hike. From the trailhead it's about 4 hours round trip hiking at an average speed.

11 months ago

Great trail in early July before the berries ripen. Everything is blooming. Well established trail making it more of a moderate hike than hard. No problem for half day or making it all day with picnic and slow speed so you can take in all the scenery and wildlife.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Monday, March 14, 2016

Thursday, October 08, 2015

I don't agree with the difficulty rating on this. The trail is quite easy if you're in any kind of shape. The varying views as uou climb hogher from the lake are beautiful.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Great walk, lots of wildlife! Past the patrol cabin the shadow of the canyon preserves deep snow until May's end. Excellent trail!

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Great hike, we seen a moose on the trail just above the lake in the meadow and a deer near the peak by the creek.