Travel into the heart of the Teton range on this strenuous, 8.4 mile hike. Leaving from the Lupine Meadows Trailhead, hikers will switchback up to Three-Mile Junction, where they will follow the trail left towards Garnet Canyon. Follow the trail another mile until reaching a boulder field. Some scrambling is required to cross the boulder field, and visitors should be physically fit and comfortable with route finding before attempting to cross it. Once in the canyon, visitors will find themselves surrounded by some of the more prominent peaks in the range: Nez Perce, South and Middle Teton, the Grand Teton, and Disappointment Peak. Hikers should exercise caution when taking the Garnet Canyon trail, as boulder field crossings and significant elevation gain can be hazardous. If planning to travel into Garnet Canyon, stop by the Jenny Lake Ranger Station to speak with a backcountry ranger about conditions.
Garnet Canyon is a strenuous, 8.4 mile (13.5 km) roundtrip hike with 2,500+ ft (750+ m) of elevation gain.
Lupine Meadows Trailhead
Turn west off the Teton Park Road at the Lupine Meadows junction. The trailhead is roughly 1.5 miles down a dirt road.
Permits are required for those planning to stay overnight in the backcountry. Visit the backcountry page to learn about obtaining a permit.
Garnet Canyon is best accessed in summer after the snow melts, and in fall before the first snow arrives. Hikers should use caution when traveling over snow and not attempt Garnet Canyon unless they have previous snow experience and the proper equipment.
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Garnet Canyon is a strenuous, 8.4 mile (13.5 km) roundtrip hike with 2,500+ ft (750+ m) of elevation gain. Trail crosses multiple boulder fields that require boulder hopping and wayfinding skills. Steep switchbacks and narrow hiking surfaces exist.
Last updated: January 27, 2021