Garnet Canyon to The Lower Saddle Trail

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Garnet Canyon to The Lower Saddle Trail is a 12.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Moose, Wyoming that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September.

12.6 miles
5826 feet
Out & Back


nature trips

rock climbing

trail running



wild flowers


no dogs

A hike into beautiful Garnet Canyon on the way up The Grand Teton. This is the route most climbs of the Grand take. This is an all day very strenuous hike up through Garnet Canyon and up to the Lower Saddle below the Grand Teton. This is the route most climbs of the Grand take, stopping over at the Lower Saddle for rest until the next morning's climb. This hike has an elevation gain of almost 6,000 ft. so should not be attempted by anyone not in top fitness and form. A good alternate destination would be to just hike into Garnet Canyon with only about 2,500 ft. of elevation gain. The views in Garnet Canyon are spectacular with the huge Teton peaks rising on three sides. A cool stream flows along much of the canyon making a great place to eat lunch and cool your feet. Heading up to the lower saddle requires good route finding skills and even a little climbing using a fixed rope at one point. The variety of rock both large and small makes this canyon a rock lovers paradise. The Lower Saddle is a very fragile alpine environment and every precaution should be taken to not step on the flowers and grasses that are hanging on in these harsh and high conditions. Walk on the rock and look down!

11 days ago

1 month ago

The best! The most majestic peak you will see. We got tot he summit too! The first 2/3 is tough hike/scramble/snow and ice traverse. A lot of the final third up the grand is technical. Great guides wade and Collin from Jackson hole mountain guides.

1 month ago


10 months ago

Easy access to either middle or south Teton- we went up middle. Boulder fields are plentiful

11 months ago