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Death Canyon to Patrol Cabin [CLOSED]

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Grand Teton National Park

Death Canyon to Patrol Cabin is a 7.3 mile heavily 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, running, and nature trips and is best used from July until September.

Distance: 7.3 miles Elevation Gain: 2,027 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.

Beautiful views! Still quite a bit of snow on the upper half

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked the trail and went a ways past the cabin in early October in a group of three. We only passed one other small group on the trail. Strenuous, but totally worth it! Gorgeous views for most of the trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice hike. Great views of Phelps lake. 700 feet up then down a bit then up a good switched 1400 feet or so. Go past the ranger cabin to a nice saddle and meadow. Water for your filter the whole way up, especially near the ranger cabin. A lot of rock washes down the canyon. Very nice hike within the canyon walls. We did it in mid September

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike! Saw very few people.

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rocky
7 months ago

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7 months ago

Great trail, beautiful views but beware of bears. We hiked it in early October of 2019 and ran across a large momma black bear with two cubs right in the middle of the trail, halfway up to the cabin.

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rocky
8 months ago

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9 months ago

Warm. day. Nice view from the Phelps Lake viewpoint. Continue on up into Death Canyon for terrific views of surrounding Rick clogs and birthday back down to Phelps Lake. A lot of ups and downs.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful hike. Decent workout without being strenuous. When we got to the cabin the ranger who has been living there since the 60s gave us a tour. Before you turn around walk 200 yards past cabin to a huge open meadow.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail. Great views of Phelps lake a mile or so in. Death canyon is cool trek up to the cabin

Awesome hike. Saw a bear and her cub on the lower part of the trail. Highly recommend! We got most of the way down the road in a Toyota Corolla and probably could have made it all the way to the trailhead if we were careful.

hiking
9 months ago

This was a fantastic hike. We parked 0.8 miles from the start because we did not have 4-wheel drive and were nervous about the road conditions. It is definitely a rough and tough drive if you have a smaller car. The trail itself in the beginning is definitely narrow but there are breathtaking views and you pass through a more narrow descent with wildflowers and if you’re out early you might see some wildlife. We saw two moose (we were on the trail by 7:45 am)! Be advised that the sun is mighty strong and you will feel it on the exposed areas of the trail. The ascent up to the cabin is pretty spectacular. You’ll pass cascading waterfalls, stunning vistas and a view of multiple mountains. There are definitely many switchbacks but they are very doable. Pack your water, Bear spray and sunscreen. You’re in for a treat. One extra note - the trail can get crowded the later you start. And it’s worth it to get out early to have some of this hike all to yourself.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful views. Highly trafficked. Horrible car way to parking. Encountered a moose. Easy hike. The actual hike is 1.5 km longer then stated in this app.

hiking
9 months ago

Incredible hike! Our family of 4 with youngest 10 completed the hike (made it to patrol cabin) in 6 hrs, 20 min with nice lunch break at the top. My AllTrails recorded the distance to be around 10 miles. Views were beautiful. Last third was a rigorous climb with about 1,000 vertical feet. Kids (13 and 10) were stoked that they made it as far as we did. Bug spray and sunscreen a must.

hiking
9 months ago

Slightly muddy from recent rain but other wise clear and great all the way! Great views beautiful scenery.

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bugs
10 months ago

Great hike. Still easy to park at 10am. We did it in 5hours with our 18 month old daughter on our back. Worth pushing a bit after the ranger cabin (we did that for 15 minutes). We saw no bears but lots of marmots, a moose and a snake.

hiking
10 months ago

Amazing trail! There is a change in scenery from forest to lake to canyon/ river. We saw no bears and we hiked right before dusk. I recommend hiking at this time because we had no issue parking and there were still a few friendly people on the trail. Would do again 10/10

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rocky
10 months ago

Well maintained trail with great views of Phelps Lake and a cascading waterfall thru Death Canyon. This hike is more like 10 miles from the Death Canyon trailhead to Patrol Cabin. Thick vegetation thru the first half. The switchbacks are plentiful so be prepared for that. Good swimming area to cool down at the top of the cascading waterfall, right before the patrol cabin. Sheer cliffs to enjoy on both sides!

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rocky
10 months ago

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rocky
10 months ago

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10 months ago

This was a phenomenal hike we wished we had more time to complete. We started the hike two hours later than planned and with the altitude slowing me down considerably we had to stop at mile 3 and turn back. The views are breath taking and we saw lots of great wildlife. Would do again, but with more time to give and more conditioning.

hiking
10 months ago

A pretty nice hike. First, if you have a low clearance vehicle, you can drive all the way to the trailhead. I rented a Toyota Corolla and parked at the trailhead. A pretty nice hike. Fairly challenging. Great views and some really nice, peaceful views of the stream as you get higher. I would do it again if visiting Grand Teton. Ran into a lot of folks on the way back, many seemed to be going to the lake though.

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10 months ago

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10 months ago

Steep beautiful climb into Death Canyon. Continue past the Patrol Cabin where the trail flattens out for amazing views and wildflowers. Camp overnight near the end of the Death Canyon camping zone and get an early start the next morning to cross Fox Creek Pass onto the Teton Crest Trail onto the Death Canyon Shelf or take the fork to Marion Lake. Plenty of water available. We saw moose and marmots but no bears. Although we blew whistles and made lots of noise in the dense forested areas. The porcupines were pesky and noisy at night and almost destroyed the foam on our trekking poles! Luckily they didn’t get our backpacks so watch that. Otherwise one of the best hikes ever. I love GTNP.

hiking
10 months ago

We loved this hike. Beautiful views of Phelps Lake for much of the trail. We hiked 5 or 10 minutes past the cabin just for the views of the next valley. I would highly recommend. That!

A little more challenging than I'd expected, though was doing this after a prior 10-mile hike earlier I'm the day. It's worth going up towards the cabin...views are amazing up there, so push through. Great hike! Also...this seems to be uphill both out and back. Many inclines and declines both directions.

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10 months ago

This hike is much more about the journey than the destination. Once you get past the massive crowds with Tevas and beach towels headed for Phelps Lake, and climb out of the trees, it's pretty gorgeous views the whole time. When we got to the cabin, we headed up the trail immediately to our right and climbed a couple of miles, which was well worth it - more great views. We had been told that if you keep going straight past the cabin, it's just a tromp through a flat meadow leading nowhere particularly interesting.

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