Devil Staircase, Death Canyon Shelf and Phelps Lake

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Devil Staircase, Death Canyon Shelf and Phelps Lake is a 21.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Alta, Wyoming that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September.

DISTANCE
21.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3759 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

rocky

Start early in the day for this point to point hike from Teton Canyon to Phelps Lake. Gain altitude up Devil's Staircase while you're fresh. Great wildflowers in wet years. Stunning views of the Tetons from the Death Canyon Shelf. Then drop into Death Canyon and out to Phelps Lake. Go on the North side of the Lake to Jumping Rock for some swimming before the last couple of easy miles down the Rockefeller Preserve parking lot.