Phillips Pass via Teton Crest Trail

Hiker in Large Alpine Meadow

Distance: 4.4 miles (one way) Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Spring, Summer, Fall For those that don’t have the time and/or energy to hike the full Teton Crest Trail, the in-and-out hike to Phillips Pass is an easily accessible segment. Since the trail starts out at 7,800 feet already, the elevation change isn’t as bad as other areas along …

Ski Lake

Ski Lake and Evergreen Trees

Distance: 2.1 miles Difficulty: Moderate Best time of year: Summer, Fall Ski Lake is a very popular hike among locals. It’s outside of Grand Teton National Park, which means it doesn’t have a big tourist draw. Likewise, it’s not the most spectacular lake in the Teton Mountains, but it is beautiful and nestled near the treeline of the southern Tetons. …

Table Mountain Hike

South Fork of Cascade Canyon

Distance: 6.8 miles Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Summer, early Fall Last hiked: 2016 October The end of the Table Mountain Hike is what many people refer to as, "The best view in the Tetons." After finally getting around to hiking this extraordinary trail, I can now say, the statement holds up. Along the way are beautiful canyon views …

Mary’s Nipple and Peak 9943

Hiker on Peak 9943

Distance: 1.3 miles Difficulty: Intermediate Best time of year: Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2016 July Mary’s Nipple and Peak 9943 are perfect if you’ve ever wanted to climb a peak in the Tetons, but didn’t want to go more than a few miles. The top of the Dreamcatcher Lift at Grand Targhee provides access to a trail that brings you …

Bannock Trail

Bannock Trail on Rocky Ridgeline

Distance: 3 miles (one way) Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Spring, Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2016 September The Bannock Trail is a great way to experience all the dramatic elevation change that Grand Targhee has to offer. The trail brings you through stunning aspen groves and up to rocky ledges that overlook massive canyons and basins in the Teton …

Alaska Basin via Devil’s Stairs Loop

Alaska Basin and Buck Mountain

Distance: 17.4 miles (round trip) Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous Best time of year: Summer, early Fall Last hiked: 2016 July The Alaska Basin is rapidly becoming a go to place for people wanting to escape the crowds in the Teton Mountains. Tucked away in the middle of the range, it attracts adventurous tourists from the Wyoming side, as well as mountain enthusiasts …

Phillips Ridge Snowshoe Loop

Winter Storm over Tetons

Distance: 4.6 miles (loop) Difficulty: Moderate Best time of year: Winter Last hiked: 2015 December Earlier this season I joined a group of local hikers to hike up onto Phillips Ridge on the southern end of the Teton Mountains. We started off at a large parking area on the south (left) side of the road about halfway up Teton Pass, …