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black Paintbrush Canyon

Trail

7.0 mile 11.2 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 3,578' 1,091 m
Descent: -63' -19 m
High: 10,675' 3,254 m
Low: 7,121' 2,170 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)

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Trail shared by Tom Robson

A very steep, less-trafficked trail with a backcountry feel.

Tom Robson

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Description

From the west edge of String Lake, Paintbrush Canyon trail branches off of the String Lake Trail and heads northwest into Paintbrush Canyon. Initially the trail contours Rockchuck Peak (11,145') and isn't too steep. Once it turns due west, however, and enters the canyon proper, the trail becomes much steeper.

Until ~4.4miles, the trail is ensconced in trees, so the views are fleeting. Be on the lookout for moose - they love this less-trafficked trail.

At the 4.4 mile point, Paintbrush Canyon trail intersects Holly Lake trail, which gives users the option to dip their feet in one of the beautiful high-alpine lakes Grand Teton has to offer. To continue on Paintbrush Canyon, stay left at this intersection. From here, the trail opens up to spectacular views of Mt. Woodring (11,518') to the north, The Jaw (11,327') and Mt. Saint John (11,379') to the south.

After the trail intersects with Holly Lake trail a second time, Paintbrush Canyon trail eases a bit. Don't get comfy, though... After ~.5mi, Paintbrush Canyon makes its final push up to Paintbrush Divide (10,720'). If you're attempting this trail prior to August, an ice axe may be necessary.

Push your way up this insanely steep pitch, and be sure to look back to see what you've accomplished. The views of the aforementioned mountains from here is incredible.

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Nov 5, 2018
U K
Sep 12, 2018
Scott Street
Went 2 miles into canyon to first big lookout point 2mi
Sep 12, 2018
Stephy Yu
Sep 10, 2018
Davis Wert
Out and back to Holly Lake from String Lake 12.8mi
Aug 5, 2018
Evan Pennisi
7mi
Jul 30, 2018
John Lindvig
Sep 9, 2017
Kate Muller
Aug 3, 2016
Mike Wright

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  4.9 from 7 votes

#5

in West

#344

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in West

#11

in Wyoming

#344

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