Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Teton Crest Trail Uncut

Is anyone else ready for hiking season? I know I am, but it looks like we may have at least a few more weeks of snow, cold and overcast skies. If you haven't decided where you're going to hike this summer, perhaps this video will provide some inspiration. In 2011 Dan McCoy hiked the Teton Crest Trail in the Grand Tetons, and came back with this wonderful video that highlights some of the incredibly beautiful scenery he saw along the way. His four-day, 42-mile route took him from the Rendezvous Mountain Aerial Tram to Marion Lake, across the Death Canyon Shelf to the Alaska Basin, over to Lake Solitude, and then after climbing Paintbrush Divide, he returned to civilization via the Paintbrush Canyon Trail.

This video clearly underscores why the Teton Crest Trail is one of the premier backpacking routes in America. For those that don't backpack, there are fortunately a handful of segments can be reach by day hikes, which are linked to in the above paragraph. Enjoy:



GT Wilson said...

I've done this trek, and it's truly a remarkable hike. Highly recommended, and well worth the journey. I'd say, if anyone plans to take at least 5 days, and not hustle through it. You have to marathon march, if you want to do it in 3 or less.

The Smoky Mountain Hiker said...

GT - I'm jealous! I too would love to do this, but I haven't backpacked in several years. Unfortunately backpacking is really the only way to see most of this trail. Who knows, maybe one day I'll come out of "retirement"....