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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 18, 2020
BackpackingGreat!Rocky

My husband and I hiked this trail counter clockwise over two days. We started at String Lake around 7:30am, took Leigh Lake trail to Paintbrush and made it to Holly Lake by noon and camped for the night. This direction is more steep uphill but felt that it would be better on his knees and the views are amazing. The second day we hiked up to the divide. I was not prepared for this. I have a terrible fear of heights and parts of this with a 30# pack we’re quite a bit for me to over come but with the help of my husband I didn’t die! Coming down the backside of the divide into Cascade is long and steep but nothing like the Paintbrush side. I couldn’t not have completed this hike moving clockwise due to my fear. Clearly many people make this hike without issues on the divide. Down Cascade was amazingly beautiful. We saw fox and deer. A man caught a trout at Holly lake and our neighbor saw a Grizzly bear in the trees near our camp in the morning. Temps were warmer up high. Make sure you check the 10,000’ forecast before going.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 18, 2020
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(Hiked 1st wk of Sept) Solo speed hiked this trail in 7.5 hours, starting at 8:15am at String Lake. This trail is 95% chill, consistently beautiful, but quite long. Most people you’ll encounter are backpacking this in 2 days, but honestly I’d rather do this with a light 1-day pack anyday. I started in Paintbrush Canyon and came out Cascade Canyon because I love the view out through Cascade after Lake Solitude and prefer the steeper way up the mountain pass and take the more mellow way down. In the AM, for hours I only ran into a handful of hikers in Paintbrush and 1 bear cub (didn’t see mom bear ) minding its own business. Tbh the Paintbrush section was just ok views-wise. The only slightly harder part of this trail is going over the mountain pass, which is steeper with some lose rock and 1 short patch of snow even in first wk of Sept with perfect weather. In the earlier summer, you would have to bring at least crampons in this section. The best views of the whole hike was coming down the mountain pass with views of Lake Solitude in front of you - that was worth the whole thing for me. Then it’s a consistently lovely views coming out of Cascade Canyon, but by the afternoon, this path will be PACKED with people in high season. In summary, this was very safe to hike solo, it’s literally impossible to get lost on this trail, and you will run into plenty of people. It’s beautiful, but if you had to pick 1 hard day-hike, I’d do Table Mountain over this one.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 18, 2020
Hiking

One of the best hikes I've ever done. Went CCW. Day-hiked it in 10 total hours (7-5), using 3L of water (not super-fit or anything btw). Elevation gain was not too bad, but the length got to my joints. Definitely recommend trekking poles. Not as solitary as I'd hoped, but not crowded by any means.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 17, 2020
BackpackingGreat!No shade

We did this trail counterclockwise (paintbrush first) and wouldn’t do it any other way. We stayed in Upper Paintbrush our first night (where we got the most amazing views) and then North Fork on the second night. The divide has some snow which is passable (but would be slippery coming down from Cascade). One note on the divide: the final ascent is steep and the trail is confusing at one spot. Hard to describe, but pay attention and don’t attempt anything dangerous. If you feel you have to, you may have gone off the trail. Many parts of the trail are quite exposed, so get an early start, also take a dip in Lake Solitude, it’s cold but amazing! Overall this hike was beautiful and worthwhile. There’s a reason this is the most popular backpacking trail

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 17, 2020
Hiking

My favorite single day hike in the Tetons. Did this yesterday. Took roughly 8.5 hours (active time). 9.5 with breaks. 4 liters of water. No ice axe/crampons necessary. You could do this in runners as of September 16. This will change with the next precipitation, but as of now it’s clear. We did it on a smoky day and still enjoyed great views!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 16, 2020
Hiking

Beautiful and lot of elevation!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 16, 2020
HikingGreat!Rocky

The trail was great and the views are absolutely incredible. I strongly suggest going up paintbrush and down cascade canyon. Past Holly lake about a mile or so there are some very rocky/gravely type terrain which can be difficult leading up to the paintbrush divide. As you proceed down the other side of paintbrush divide, rocky conditions resume and continue for a good way leading towards lake solitude. This was my first hike of this length and it was quite strenuous but the views made it more than worth it!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 15, 2020
HikingGreat!IcyScrambleSnow

Very neat. Very cool. Need 4L water. 5.9/6

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 6, 2020
Hiking

I love this trail!! A must-do if you are in Grand Tetons as it covers so many attractions in one day. I went up Paintbrush Canyon from String Lake and down Cascade Canyon. Like another reviewer said, this is the better path. The last ~0.5 miles to the overpass is steep with gravel and loose rocks (and above 10k feet in elevation). It is probably less safe going down then up this section. And if there is snow on the mountain, it would be very dangerous to climb without proper equipment. I hiked this trail early September; 1 day before the first snowfall. There was still a 30’ long snowbank to be crossed, but the rest of the trail was clear and in great condition. The top was a bit windy but not too bad. Almost no bugs!! I’m a fast hiker and was able to complete the 20.5 mile hike in 7 hours (just a few stops to talk to other hikers and take selfies). Most of the trail is not steep (just the one section mentioned above). I’m sure it goes without saying, but the parking lots fill up quickly. I was very lucky to find a spot on the road at 11:00 AM. It’s best to go early.

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Munir Contractor reviewed Paintbrush Canyon - Cascade Canyon Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 6, 2020
HikingGreat!RockySnow

What a hike! I started from Jenny lake boat and ended at String lake due to lack of time, but still a great hike. Originally planned to do out and back till Lake Solitude, but some other hikers convinced me to do the loop. So, me and another couple decided to march on and do the full loop under the expectation that it's only another 10 miles and we'll be down by 5:30 pm. This was around 12:30 pm at Lake Solitude. We ran out of water and had to use a water filter to drink from a stream at the top. But the views are well worth the hike. Start early around 7 am and you can definitely do it in a day. But it might be better to camp a night up there and enjoy the trip. Trail is very clear and easy to follow, but has some snow and rocky patches. Keep lots of water or a filter to drink from the streams and lake along the way. The view from the top is incredible and so is Holly Lake and Lake Solitude. Take a dip in it!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 30, 2020
HikingGreat!

This hike is a must if you are in the Tetons! It is challenging but definitely doable in a day. The views are insane and show off the Tetons. I recommend starting before 8 am and doing this hike counter clockwise by starting at the Leigh Lake trail head. We only had to cross one section of snow near the top. If you want to avoid snow I would recommend doing this hike later in the summer. One of my favorite hikes to date!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 30, 2020
Hiking

Awesome!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 25, 2020
Hiking

Amazing hike but very challenging to do in a day. We started at Leigh Lake trail head at 8:30am. Got to the lake around 2pm for lunch. Stopped for snacks/water along the way. Finished around 7pm. Paintbrush canyon becomes much more challenging as you climb higher. Mostly an upward incline the whole way. Had to cross one section of snow, but absolutely amazing views. Once you hit the divide, it is pretty steep down to Lake Solitude. And from there and the rest of the way down cascade canyon it is mostly a slight downward incline or flat walk. Saw a moose on the way down. Amazing hike overall! Would have been a great backpacking trip for one or two nights.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 24, 2020
Hiking

Did this hike on August 22... we clocked 22 miles so I think this is a little off. You’ll notice most people start through cascade canyon, but I can’t recommend enough that you do the hike counter clockwise and start up paintbrush first. There’s a very steep uphill section that is very treacherous going downhill. I’d only recommend this for very experienced hikers.

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Scott Darrington reviewed Paintbrush Canyon - Cascade Canyon Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 22, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 21, 2020
Great!

Amazing! Did this three days ago right before the smoke from the wildfires in California obscured everything. Lots of parking at 7 but Leigh lake and string lake lots fill up later on w ppl chilling at the lake. Amazing views the whole way paintbrush to lake solitude and a little after solitude, then it descends into forest. Did this as a “run” Ie hike up paintbrush and run down from solitude onward, 8 hours till finish. Lots of streams for refills

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Meredith Ackerson reviewed Paintbrush Canyon - Cascade Canyon Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 19, 2020
HikingGreat!Snow

The trail was good, we went in mid July 2020 and did this loop as a day hike. We had to park and start at a turn out before string lake area so overall added a tiny bit of mileage. We started at about 10:30 am and finished around 6/7. We went through string lake picnic area to paintbrush canyon/divide (there was still snow but very manageable going up it, down might have been a little sketchier if you’re not solid on your feet) then down through lake solitude/Cascade canyon. Overall it was ~fine~, absolutely beautiful views of the mountains but for 22+ miles in a day we didn’t see much wildlife (read: 2 deer and some muskrats?) or feel like we were “backcountry”. It rained a bit for the last hour or so but overall had beautiful weather. Part of the trail was closed too once you were nearing the lakes/inspiration point and so we had to detour a tiny bit and link up with some other trails.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 18, 2020
HikingGreat!

This was awesome! We hiked it 8/15/20 and it was super pretty everywhere!! It took us about 9 hours and our watches ended up measuring just over 21 miles back to the string lake parking area. We hiked it counter clockwise and started at about 7:30 AM which worked super well! There were quite a few people going over the pass and at Lake Solitude but it’s a Saturday in August so of course there were. I’m pretty sure all the parking spots were taken by shortly after we got there at 7:30. We saw a small black bear on the NW side of Jenny Lake. All in all, one of my favorite hikes ever!!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 17, 2020
BackpackingGreat!

Gorgeous! I completed the loop as a two night backpacking trip going counter clockwise and staying in lower paintbrush and cascade south fork camping zones. (Permits can be difficult to get so we added an extra night at Bear Paw lake prior to starting the loop. This allowed us to book loop campsites in advance!) The wildflowers and views were amazing. The trail was busy so wildlife was scarce (saw one moose and two otters). Although doable as a day hike, I would recommend camping so you can take your time and soak up the views along the way.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 15, 2020
HikingGreat!RockySnow

The trail is in great condition. You do not need any technical gear to pass the divide. We had poles and honestly didn’t need them. There are 2 snow fields still there-you can avoid the first one by going over the top and the second one is maybe 30 yards long. Plenty of other hikers to help you navigate path wise once you get up on the divide. Tough hike but don’t let all these reviews scare you from getting out and doing it. Use basic judgement on the trail and you will make it fine. We hiked it slow with tons of pictures, water breaks, and lunch breaks. August 14th. Ps. Bring sunscreen and start early. We got quite sunburnt with out any on.

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