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Hanging Canyon to Lake of the Crags

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 4.7 (16)

A steep climb through Hanging Canyon to Lake of the Crags.


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2.2

Miles

3.6

KM

Point to Point

9,557' 2,913 m

High

6,828' 2,081 m

Low

2,774' 845 m

Up

44' 13 m

Down

24%

Avg Grade (13°)

67%

Max Grade (34°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This trail, not maintained by Grand Teton National Park, is a great place to go for solitude. Travel about 3 miles and gain nearly 3,000 ft of elevation on your way through Hanging Canyon to Lake of the Crags. The trail switchbacks through forested area and then follows a stream up to the lake. There are rock area crossing through scree fields and loose rock, so you'll want to make sure that you have proper ankle support.

After reaching Arrowhead Pond, Lake of the Crags is reached by traveling up one final hill, and through one last scree field. Great views of the Tetons await on the way up and take your time to enjoy the views of the valley on the return trip.

Flora & Fauna

Moose, bear, and elk are sometimes seen from the lower forest area, and marmots can be found in the rocks. Indian paintbrush often adorns the trailsides.

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Sylvia Cooper

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  4.7 from 16 votes

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in West

#287

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in West

#15

in Wyoming

#287

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Lake of the Crags from below final climb.
Dec 30, 2015 near Jackson, WY
The Lake of the Crags
Nov 1, 2019 near Alta, WY
View of Ramshead Lake from the outlet of Lake of the Crags
Nov 1, 2019 near Alta, WY

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Jul 7, 2022
Sean Boles
Awesome hike with a lot of verticality. Be careful around the unmelted snow; very easy to fall through despite its overall density. 2.2mi — 2h 05m
Aug 21, 2021
Connecticut Hiker
2.2mi
May 20, 2021
Alex Hoekstra
We hiked in mid may, and could not reach the lakes. There was a large snowpack blocking the trail. 1.5mi — 4h 00m
Aug 30, 2020
Daylene York
4.4mi
Aug 14, 2020
Kelsey Wellington
Jul 25, 2020
Darren Dash Robinson
exhausting fking hike
Jun 26, 2020
Patricia Maria
Aug 16, 2019
Travis Seiler
Awesome Hike! Beautiful area, but there are no fish in the lakes... 2.3mi — 4h 19m