Jackson Hole is paradise for any outdoor lover, but it offers especially enticing camping and backpacking options. Located in Grand Teton National Park, the Teton Crest Trail is a 45-mile route covering the crown jewels of the park and Jedidiah Smith Wilderness, including Death Canyon Shelf, Alaska Basin, and Cascade Canyon. This route hugs the 10,000-foot elevation range and includes a number of steep sections. The route typically takes four days, and north to south is the most popular direction, largely because of the views. Plan wisely, as permits and bear-proof food storage containers are required. Another breathtaking backpacking destination, the spellbinding Cirque of the Towers, is just three hours from town in the Wind River Range. There a variety of ways to explore this wilderness, including a nine-mile hike from the parking lot, a route that includes 2,200 feet of elevation gain, including 10,760-foot Jackass Pass. It can be done in a day but is best savored over a night or two.
Groups: Sierra Club
Retailers: Teton Mountaineering
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