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Death Canyon, Grand Teton National Park

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Death Canyon is located in Grand Teton National Park, in the U.S. state of Wyoming. The canyon was formed by glaciers which retreated at the end of the last glacial maximum approximately 15,000 years ago, leaving behind a U-shaped valley. The trailhead for the canyon is located on a side road off the Moose-Wilson Road, approximately from the park headquarters at Moose, Wyoming. At the base of the canyon is Phelps Lake which was created by glacial activity. The Death Canyon Trail extends the length of the canyon to Fox Creek Pass, at which point the Death Canyon Shelf, a relative narrow and level plateau, can be traversed. The canyon has many Whitebark Pine stands, particularly near the tree line. At the junction of the Death Canyon and the Alaska Basin trails, the historic Death Canyon Barn is preserved after being listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.
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  • Not for the faint of heart as the up and down ate pretty tough but the view from the top is amazing. Then once you get into Death Canyon, the view from the bottom isn't bad either.... Saw snakes and m...  more »
  • took this hike a year ago up to the Ranger cabin (not much to see there) from the Rockefeller Center and also hiked around Phelps lake. I preferred this to Jenny lake based on there being less traffic...  more »
  • I hiked this trail from the Rockerfeller Center around Phelps Lake then into the canyon. The Phelps Lake area was busy as expected but the Death Canyon part had a lot less people making it a peaceful ...  more »