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WEATHER IMPROVING BUT GRAND REMAINS ICY - August 29, 2014

Despite a return to more seasonable weather, the highest peaks still remain covered in a mixture of snow and ice.  Climbers should be prepared to deal with challenging conditions (snow, ice, and verglas), especially high on the Grand Teton!

View looking down the Owen Spalding Route (summit of the Enclosure in background) - 8/27/14

MULTIPLE STORMS PLASTER PEAKS ABOVE 11,000' - August 24, 2014

Photo of standard approach to Upper Saddle

Wet weather the last two weeks have brought ice and snow to the high peaks of the Tetons. It will take significant warming and solar energy to melt away to dry conditions.

BAXTER'S PINNACLE CLOSURE LIFTED - August 16, 2014

The closure protecting nesting peregrine falcons is lifted effective today, August 16, 2014.  A trail closure on the horse trail leading into Cascade Canyon remains in effect for maintenance and climber's are asked to please respect posted closures restricting access in the middle section of the trail.  As a reminder, Symmetry Couloir can only be accessed from the "top side" of the horse trail.  Please call the Jenny Lake Ranger Station for more information.

FLASH FLOOD IN PAINTBRUSH CANYON - August 14, 2014

Yesterday afternoon a flash flood occurred in Paintbrush Canyon affecting four different sections of trail in the vicinity of the switch backs leading out of the Lower Paintbrush camping zone. Be prepared for walking on uneven surfaces, multiple creek crossings and debris that may have not yet stabilized. Extremely heavy rain preceded the event. Considering the large amount of heavy rain the Tetons have recently received, there is increased risk of rock fall everywhere and the chance of additional flash flooding if these conditions persist. As is commonly said in the avalanche world, uncommon conditions create uncommon events. In the event of heavy rain, head to high ground  and avoid creek bottoms.

A new drainage cutting across the Paintbrush Trail

Debris on running across the Paintbrush Trail

The Jenny Lake Ranger Station is
Backcountry camping permits are required year-round for all overnight trips into the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park. Permits are free and can be obtained year-round at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose and during the summer months at the Colter Bay Visitor Center and Jenny Lake Ranger Station. Detailed information can be found in the links on the right.

All route condition information has been removed from this site for the winter season, however, the HOME PAGE will continue to provide periodic updates on general conditions in the Teton Range throughout the winter.

~The Jenny Lake Climbing Rangers