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Death Canyon 


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Elevation: 8,000'
Location: 43.654, -110.809 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Death Canyon offers the highest concentration of pure rock climbing routes in the Tetons. It also has a relatively short approach (60 to 90 minutes) for most of the routes - an added bonus in an area of epic approaches.

This canyon is simply stunning. It is framed on both sides by giant rock walls with a beautiful creek cascading down the middle. The approach goes quickly with the great views!

Water is available via the creek after 2.5 miles on the trail.


Getting There 

Directly across from the Moose Visitor Center, make a left onto Moose-Wilson road. Make a right onto a dirt road after about 10 minutes. Follow this road to the Death Canyon trailhead.

From the trailhead, hike past Phelps Lake and into the canyon. Follow the trail for 2-3 miles depending upon your destination.


Climbing Season


13 Total Routes


['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',3],['5.10',4],['5.11',4],['5.12',1],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Death Canyon:
Dihedral of Horrors   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 400'   Omega Buttress
Annals of Time   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 350'   Omega Buttress
The Snaz   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, Grade IV   Cathedral Buttress
Caveat Emptor   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000'   Cathedral Buttress
Aerial Boundaries   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 600'   Cathedral Buttress
Sunshine Daydream   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 9 pitches, 1000'   Cathedral Buttress
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Ryan Jennings (leading) and partner on the beautiful and exposed fifth pitch of Sunshine Daydream.

Sunshine Daydream 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c  WY : Grand Teton National Park : ... : Cathedral Buttress
I have never climbed this route and will pass on writing a description here as it would be nothing more the blatant plagiarizing from the Ortenburger/Jackson Guidebook. I was on The Snaz one day while two guys were on this route and I had a great opportunity to take pictures of them, so this page will serve as a better place to put the pictures then say The Snaz page or some other. If someone else has climbed this route, feel free to erase the above blabbering and write a good route descriptio...[more]   Browse More Classics in WY

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