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By Tom Grummon
From Golden, CO
Aug 1, 2014
Top of Montezuma's Tower
So what have you guys done to get a canoe for Mt. Moran? Are there cheap rentals to be had in Jackson? Do any of you guys have a canoe I could rent? Any thoughts would be helpful.

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By curtismrobb
From Breckenridge, CO
Aug 1, 2014
you can usually rent one from dornan's. if i remember correctly, they're pretty reasonable, but it's been a couple years since i've been over there.

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By Spencer Weiler
From SLC, UT
Aug 1, 2014
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We really struggled to procure a canoe from anywhere in jackson without having our wallets robbed. The problem we found was you essentially need the canoe for 3 days, even if you are planning a one day trip. you have to pick it up the night before, do the climb, than drop it off the next day. it could be longer if you are doing a 2-3 nighter. maybe money isn't an issue for you, but we were looking at $140+ for a freakin canoe. Like this one below:$45/day

jacksonholekayak.com/content/i...

Luckily we found a friend with one.

my advise is to find someone with a canoe and borrow it for free. sounds like you don't have anyone in mind at the moment, hence this post, but its worth it. and under no circumstances should you attempt to hike around leigh lake. its heinous. if you get desperate, head up to the employee housing at colter bay and find a canoe lying around(many) then find the owner and see if you can borrow it.

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By Jonathan Petsch
From Chattanooga, TN
Aug 1, 2014
I rented one from Dornan's and I don't remember it being anywhere near that expensive. It's in Moose, right there in the park.

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By Jonathan Petsch
From Chattanooga, TN
Aug 1, 2014
dornans.com/adventures/boatren...

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By Spencer Weiler
From SLC, UT
Aug 1, 2014
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jonathan: looks similar. $50/day

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By Tico
Aug 1, 2014
Perhaps a local university outdoor rec program could rent you something. I used the U of U whenever I needed a boat, it was cheap and easy.

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By Brian in SLC
Aug 1, 2014
Climbing in Smuggler's Notch
denver.craigslist.org/boa/4597...

Sell it when you're done.

Or, just rent for Dornan's.

Or, hike in (really sucks...I've done it three times...keep sayin' never again...).

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By mark felber
From Wheat Ridge, CO
Aug 1, 2014
I did the hike in 3 times quite a few years ago (1989, 1992). Not a bad walk, unless something's changed since then. Just travel light.

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By Ryan Marsters
Aug 1, 2014
Looked into rentals. Rip off with the time commitment/$ as above. If you swing through Denver, I can lend you a canoe - no trailer though.

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By Spencer Weiler
From SLC, UT
Aug 1, 2014
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Brian and Mark:
super impressed you both survived the hike around leigh lake. We attempted it last year and got totally bogged down in the most thick, wet, vegetated jungle forest shwack I've ever found. I did it trying to access south buttress right though, so we went around the south aspect. Maybe the north aspect to access the CMC route is better as the trail on the east end goes a bit further before the trail was abandoned.

A thought that may help if you are trying to access the south buttress right climbs or vicinity is to hike up the paintbrush canyon trail, then beeline down when you deem necessary. can't comment if its horrible or not.

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By mark felber
From Wheat Ridge, CO
Aug 1, 2014
Spencer Weiler wrote:
Brian and Mark: super impressed you both survived the hike around leigh lake. We attempted it last year and got totally bogged down in the most thick, wet, vegetated jungle forest shwack I've ever found. I did it trying to access south buttress right though, so we went around the south aspect. Maybe the north aspect to access the CMC route is better as the trail on the east end goes a bit further before the trail was abandoned. A thought that may help if you are trying to access the south buttress right climbs or vicinity is to hike up the paintbrush canyon trail, then beeline down when you deem necessary. can't comment if its horrible or not.


I did it trying to access the CMC route and the NE Ridge, and yes, I did go around the north side of the lake. Very pleasant walk with a well defined user trail at the time.

Looking at the logistics and cost of renting/borrowing and transporting a canoe, I'd advise the OP to just walk around the (north end of the) lake.

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By petercoe
From utah
Aug 2, 2014
Turtle Wall, St. George
I have done this exact trip. The canoes up there are pretty pricey. If I went again I would probably hike it. Paddling was awesome and added to the adventure, but was not necessary.

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By The Blueprint Part Dank
From FEMA Region VIII
Aug 2, 2014
And then you throw for a Gaston, like seriously guys. I onsighted the shit out of Levi's Stadium
Canoeing to Mt. Moran just sounds like one hell of an adventure and a unique enough experience that one could argue that the price is worth it?

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By LLubchenco
From GWS, CO
Aug 2, 2014
The Blueprint Part Dank wrote:
Canoeing to Mt. Moran just sounds like one hell of an adventure and a unique enough experience that one could argue that the price is worth it?


I'm certainly with that, though I had a free canoe...

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By G Traub
From Salt Lake City
Aug 12, 2014
We had free canoes also and it is a great adventure. Except when the head winds picked up and almost swamped us.

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By Tom Merkt
From Jackson, WY
Aug 12, 2014
I'm looking to get a boat from CT to Jackson for this purpose. Anyone headed this way with room? I'll offset gas.

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By damienp
From Montana
Aug 12, 2014
blodgett canyon, mt
did the approach a couple of years ago, bushwhacking around the lake as we didn't want to pay for a canoe. looking back, wish we had just committed to getting one, though they were pricey at the time.

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By Stagg54
Aug 12, 2014
Rented one from Dornan's in Moose. Don't remember it being that bad. We only had it for 2 days though.

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By Eric Fernandez
From Dixon, CA
Aug 12, 2014
Borrowed an inflatable whitewater kayak from a friend at the GTCR, sounded great, until we realized it was self bailing 3 seconds into our paddle! We were soaked, spun the thing in circles the whole way and laughed our ass off as we paddled. Really though it made the whole experience that much better, we paddled out at dusk, landed pretty soaked and hike up to camp that night did the climb the next day and were back, even had some old ladies kayaking back try to stop us from continuing our paddle who asked us if we "We were ok" two grown men in a tiny inflatable with overnight gear on top of us trying to keep it dry.

The canoe ride is part of the experience, skip the bushwhack, it is brutal, rent a canoe, you can easily do it with a two day rental and not a 3.... Though buying one on Craigslist and selling after is a pretty dam good idea to.

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