Symmetry Spire from String Lake
The summit overlooking the north end of Jenny Lake. Named for it's appearance from the north.
Most of the better routes face south and west and are approached by the Symmetry Couloir, a steep gully that can hold snow into July.
The southern routes are accessed from Symmetry Couloir by way of the Cascade Cyn horse trail. The north and east sides of the peak are approached by way of Hanging Canyon.
Weather station 8.5 miles from here
7 Total Routes
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East Ridge 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b WY
: Grand Teton National Park
: Symmetry Spire
Overall, this route presents a little less 4th class and much more solid rock than the standard SW Couloir. If I were peak bagging (which I was the day I did it), I would prefer the East Ridge.The crux is either gaining the East Ridge, or descending via the SW Couloir (you could also descend via the East Ridge). Jackson & Ortenberger describe heading up toward the base of Symmetry, then traversing left on a ledge system. Instead, I headed up the rocks for the lowest trees between Sam's Throne...[more] Browse More Classics in WY
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Jul 24, 2014
Accessing the southern routes from the Cascade Canyon Horse trail:
Climbers trail has a small cairn marking it, only visible when hiking uphill on horse trail. It requires a lot of bushwhacking to the smaller waterfall on the right. Short scramble to the right of this waterfall.
From the short scramble the trail is fairly easy to follow to the next water crossing (which goes from climbers right to left), where the current snow reaches. From this point there was little to no trail. In fact, the best way to approach from here would be with axe and cramp ons straight up the snow. It appears that the snow is covering any trail that might exist. We experienced steep, slippery grass next to the snow, grabbing trees in one hand with an axe in the other (we did not bring cramp ons).
Jul 26, 2010
Don't underestimate the approach on this one, there's about 3000' of vertical gain before you even start climbing. Avoid the main gully where the waterfall is coming down. Instead, aim for the smaller waterfall over smooth rock on the right; tucked away to the right of that is the correct gully. The trail is pretty well defined all the way up.