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Aug 1, 2014
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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. Tom Grummon
From Golden, CO
Joined Oct 20, 2009
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Aug 1, 2014
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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. curtismrobb
From Breckenridge, CO
Joined Aug 26, 2013
10 points
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.
Spencer Weiler
From Salt Lake city
Joined Jun 9, 2008
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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. Jonathan Petsch
From Fort Collins, CO
Joined Nov 24, 2007
53 points
Aug 1, 2014
dornans.com/adventures/boatren... Jonathan Petsch
From Fort Collins, CO
Joined Nov 24, 2007
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Aug 1, 2014
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jonathan: looks similar. $50/day Spencer Weiler
From Salt Lake city
Joined Jun 9, 2008
2,340 points
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. Tico
Joined Feb 24, 2006
4 points
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...).
Brian in SLC
Joined Oct 6, 2003
10,997 points
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. mark felber
From Wheat Ridge, CO
Joined Jul 30, 2005
58 points
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. Ryan Marsters
Joined Jan 21, 2011
104 points
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.
Spencer Weiler
From Salt Lake city
Joined Jun 9, 2008
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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.
mark felber
From Wheat Ridge, CO
Joined Jul 30, 2005
58 points
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. petercoe
From utah
Joined Sep 21, 2009
141 points
Aug 2, 2014
Outdid myself here
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? The Blueprint Part Dank
From FEMA Region VIII
Joined Jun 21, 2013
248 points
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...
LLubchenco
From GWS, CO
Joined Oct 19, 2013
21 points
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. G Traub
From Salt Lake City
Joined Oct 19, 2008
7 points
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. Tom Merkt
From Jackson, WY
Joined Sep 7, 2009
197 points
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. damienp
From Montana
Joined May 5, 2009
25 points
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. Stagg54
Joined Dec 12, 2006
2 points
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.
EricF
From San Francisco
Joined May 21, 2012
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