Granite Canyon Trail

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Granite Canyon Trail is a 11.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Teton Village, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until August.

Distance: 11.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,876 feet Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

skiing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

no dogs

Granite Canyon can be an out & back trail if you begin at the Granite Canyon Trailhead, or you can take the tram in Teton Village to the top of Rendevous Mountain and hike down to Marion Lake and out to the Granite Canyon Trailhead. This is a great place to see wildflowers. This is also a good hike to get up into the mountains, and it is not as demanding as some of the trails that lead into other canyons in the Tetons.

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

We did this hike on a Thursday at the tail end of August. First know that you will have to pay a $35 vehicle fee to enter the park to reach this trail head. Second, note that the trail head at the beginning is very specific as far as the direction of the Granite Canyon Trail. I mention this because the locator dot in the All Trails app does not coincide with the trail for the first half mile or so. After that it links up and is on the trail. Many of these reviews comment on how buggy it was. We had almost no bugs at all, just a few flies at the top, perhaps because the temp has gotten down to 40° twice in the last week or so. The 1st mile or so was in the sun, through a forest of scrub brush 2 to 3 feet high. After that you enter the forest and mostly shade for the rest of the hike there are some sunny patches. The path is mostly hard packed dirt, though there are many rocky areas, so many that you will be much happier in hiking boots than in tennis shoes. There are several patches of wild raspberries along the path, though it was just a bit too early for them to be ripe. Near the top we saw two beavers at the adjacent stream clamoring over a rock. Then we realized that they were next to a dam they were building across the stream. The trail is immediately adjacent to a wonderful stream, often 30 to 40 feet wide . There are no breathtakingly spectacular views on this hike but all the views are wonderful and it is well worth your time.

snowshoeing
snow
11 months ago

Saw mama moose and baby - had to turn around - snowed all day

backpacking
Mon Aug 20 2018

Beautiful trail!! We did is as part of a two-day backpacking trip. Our first day we went up Granite Canyon trail and stayed at a campground after we found the fork leading to Mt. Hunt Divide. There was lots of water access along this trail, so water wasn't an issue (as long as you have a filter). Their designated campgrounds look like they cover a huge area, but there were only 3 or 4 per camping area. The next morning, we got up and headed up to the Mt. Hunt Divide via Open Canyon Trail. the beginning of the trail was easy, but it gradually got steep and there wasn't much shade and very little water access, so top off before you go up! The wildflowers were still blooming that far up, and they were beautiful! If you take this trail, be prepared to climb over a few a logs, and wear sunscreen. There is very little shade!! But the Divide was incredible, and it was satisfying to stand at 9700 ft. At the Divide, you leave Granite Canyon, and get a fantastic view of Open Canyon. There was still some snow up there, and more flowers. There was not much water access until we got past the switchbacks. The trees and undergrowth were very thick on this end, so there was lots of shade. We rounded off our trip by taking the Valley Trail to the Granite Canyon Parking Lot. This section was fairly level, but we were tired and it seemed to take forever! It was a great two-day trip, and we had fun!! Definitely worth the uphill and the elevation. PS. The campsites are not marked on the map, so be prepared to walk and not know where you're going!! There were only three or four in each designated camping zone, and they were very spaced out. Plan accordingly. ;)

hiking
Sun Aug 19 2018

Strenuous if do the whole trail, but well worth it with varying topography and views.

backpacking
Tue Aug 14 2018

The best!

Sun Jul 22 2018

The views and wildflowers were incredible! Nice easy trail along a stream.

hiking
Wed Jul 18 2018

Took the Teton Village Aerial Tram up to the top of Rendezvous which was an exciting undertaking. The views of the surrounding peaks was incredible and offered a unique view from the summit without any work. The decline through the woods was very pretty but very steep. After getting down to the first "valley" there were endless wildflowers around, taking your mind off the next steep incline. The next few miles meander through woods and wildflower fields with small feeder streams running through them, something that seemed like it was straight from a storybook. Once you get to about the 6 mile mark the bugs began with biting flies of all sizes which took away from the views. The trail also dips down into the forest which only made the flies worse. From there, the next 6 miles seemed to have little to no views of the terrain besides the occasional stream here or there. Overall the first half is entirely worth it but underwhelming for the next half.

hiking
Sun Apr 22 2018

Went about 3 years ago on a school field trip, and it was amazing! Beautiful scenery, lots of wildlife, light traffic, plenty of shade in the woods, but it's honestly hotter In the woods. on the open trail it's nice and breezy and easy to keep cool, only hiked halfway, as school policy only allowed so long of physical activity for prevention of injury but all in all a great hike! stopped in the middle for lunch, climbed up the mountain a bit to get some amazing views then turned arou d and hiked back down! definately intend on finishing the hike someday!

Thu Sep 07 2017

We hiked a portion of this trail today. Very pretty, not too strenuous, meadows and forest and several streams - secluded, very few other hikers. We didn't encounter any bear or moose but did see fresh bear scat.

hiking
Wed Sep 06 2017

It's a decent hike but Cascade Canyon is much better in my opinion. Definitely bring bear mace and a whistle. On our way back we came across a black bear and cub foraging for berries. My husband started blowing his whistle and the bears quickly scampered away. There is definitely wild life here!! Overall the elevation climb was spread out nicely and we didn't feel it that much.

Fri Aug 25 2017

Honestly, if you are going to do a canyon hike and you only have one big hike you can do, I'd recommend Cascade Canyon. It is a pretty piney trail with cool views and the river is nice but what is worth the experience is the meadows of wildflowers up in the middle for area, and in route to Marion Lake (which were gorgeous bonuses of being up in this terrain)

hiking
Sat Jun 10 2017

My husband and I did this trail last week. Almost got to the end before we could no longer find the trail due to the snow. Nice trail. Long and not too steep. Great views of the river and multiple waterfalls. We did not see anyone else the whole time.

Fri Sep 16 2016

Great trail with many optional side trails up hill. One of the best for fall foliage.

hiking
Thu Jul 28 2016

Great out and back hike from the Granite Canyon parking area. We started early and glad we did. Nice gradual elevation gain and shaded but many open areas. According to Alltrails app we about 12.5 miles. When we arrived back at the trail head it was 88 degrees. Glad the sun was at our backs.

hiking
Fri Jun 03 2016

It was a very nice walk. Very gradual inclines. Most of the hike was shaded in the trees. We started early and saw Deer and Moose.

hiking
Mon Sep 14 2015

We did an out and back going in about six miles. Next time we are here we plan to ride the tram to the top of Rendevous and then do the canyon from the top.

Mon Sep 14 2015

We did it other way that states here. We started in Teton village and rejoined the Granite canyon trail, hiked up to Marion lake and then looped back to top of Rendezvous mountain where we took the tram down to Teton village.Was a long day. Definitely not an easy hike that we did but was rewarding. Mileage pounded on...

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