Garnet Canyon to The Lower Saddle Trail

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Garnet Canyon to The Lower Saddle Trail is a 12.3 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.

Distance: 12.3 miles Elevation Gain: 5,321 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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!

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11 days ago

Ment for climbers, this trail still offers alot to the hikers who like the suffer. Be ready for loose rocks/scree, boulder hoping and a wee scramble to reach the saddle (when you're at the caves and think you can see the end, you're mentally halfway in terms of energy output). The majority of the trail is well trodden and easily negotiated. Make it a bigger day by continuing up to the upper saddle but beware of time.

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1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Garmin watch recorded it as 18 miles round trip. Went to top of saddle and wandered a bit while the rest of my party summited. Beautiful waterfall and stream most of the way. Boulder fields. High altitude. Wildflowers galore. Be prepared to pack your #2 out if the need occurs

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1 month ago

Amazing trek to the lower saddle! Hard, watch footing the whole time. Just an absolutely amazing area.

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1 month ago

Amazing trek to the lower saddle! Hard, watch footing the whole time. Just an absolutely amazing area.

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1 month ago

Amazing trek to the lower saddle! Hard, watch footing the whole time. Just an absolutely amazing area.

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1 month ago

Amazing trek to the lower saddle! Hard, watch footing the whole time. Just an absolutely amazing area.

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1 month ago

Amazing trek to the lower saddle! Hard, watch footing the whole time. Just an absolutely amazing area.

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1 month ago

The hike into Garnet Canyon is beautiful and totally worth it. There are a lot of great place to spot along the way to the lower Saddle. I did this hike on August 2nd, 2019 and everything was melted out except for one 15 foot snow patch!

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2 months ago

Great hike with amazing views! You can see the mountains if you look up, stunningly blue lakes if you look down, waterfalls and wildlife if you look around. I saw plenty of chipmunks and a mother bear & her two cubs on my way up the trail! Highly recommend to anyone willing to make the trek.

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2 months ago

We only went as far as start of boulder fields but awesome nonetheless. We had to get there early because parking area fills up fast. It was a bit difficult due to elevation but my wife and I were able to do it and we are in our 60’s. We will do this one again.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

This was challenging but worth it. Amazing views. Trails turn to boulders and some glacier snow fields even in August. It was difficult to get used to the altitude for someone coming from sea level, but it was worth it! We want to go back next year. We used Jackson hole mountain guides and they were great.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Great out and back. Saw a mother bear and her baby about 2 miles in who were busy eating berries. Waterfall is a nice cap.

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Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Beautiful hike. I did it in about 8 hours round trip. Once you get to the Garnet Canyon, the trail gets real steep and technical. A quarter mile from the lower saddle, there's an incredibly scary rope to climb, but it's definitely manageable. Overall a great hike. Also, I would say it's probably more like 14 miles.

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Monday, September 04, 2017

Tough hike for people from the flatlands. Steady ascent all the way into the canyon and lower basin. The boulder field was an exciting/challenging change. A few wildflowers left in the canyon at the base of the lower saddle. Dramatic views, but did not see much wildlife, cascade canyon better for animals.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

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.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Awesome!!!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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

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