With A Name Like Death Canyon…

Travels with the Blonde Coyote

With a name like Death Canyon Death Canyon in the Grand Tetons

Park rangers are one of my favorite resources for hiking tips when I’m on the road. At the Climbing Festival in Lander I met a ranger from the Grand Tetons and asked him to name his favorite hike. Death Canyon, he said, “Don’t let the name scare you away.” So when I rolled back through Jackson after my two week long loop through the Wind Rivers, I parked the dogs in the trailer for the morning and headed up Death Canyon to the Alaskan Basin.

Exactly what you want to see at the start of a hike into Death Canyon. I had my bear spray handy and made plenty of noise as I hiked. Exactly what you want to see at the start of a hike into Death Canyon.

Oh boy. Oh boy.

Phelps Lake Phelps Lake

The trail lost about 1,000 feet of elevation down to Phelps Lake and then began climbing back up into the canyon.  The trail lost about 1,000 feet of elevation down to Phelps Lake and then began climbing back up into the canyon along Fox Creek.

Trail running along a narrow rocky ledge Trail running along a narrow rocky ledge

Nice Gneiss! Nice Gneiss!

Gneissic bands underfoot. Formed under high temp and pressure during metamorphosis. Gneissic bands underfoot. Formed under…

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