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Death Canyon Shelf

Intermediate
 4.7 (6)

A mostly flat bench on the east side of some awesome peaks.


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3.5

Miles

5.6

KM

Point to Point

9,731' 2,966 m

High

9,415' 2,870 m

Low

371' 113 m

Up

519' 158 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

22%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs No Dogs

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

The trail is highly exposed to changes in weather, and water can be difficult to find, especially in September.

Description

Starting from Mt. Meek Pass, Death Canyon Shelf heads southwest and runs along the bench sitting atop Death Canyon. This trail is very easy to follow as it is a straight shot from the pass to Death Canyon Trail.

Death Canyon Shelf sits atop Death Canyon proper, and is on the eastern flank of some of the park's most beautiful mountains: Fossil Mountain, Mount Bannon (10,966'), Mount Jedediah Smith (10,610'), and Mount Meek (10,681'). To the east, you can see all the way down Death Canyon to Jackson Hole.

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Shared By:

Tom Robson

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 6 votes

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Start Day 3 of the Teton Crest Trail by crossing Death Canyon Shelf.
Jan 12, 2017 near Moose W…, WY
1st night on trail at Fox Creek pass.
Feb 23, 2016 near Moose W…, WY
Looking east down Death Canyon, as seen from Death Canyon shelf
Jan 29, 2018 near Moose W…, WY

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Aug 18, 2018
Rita Parma
Jul 31, 2018
Tenzin Chuteng
Sep 11, 2017
Kyle T
Jul 8, 2017
Robert De Rose
Did while it was covered in snow. Worth the view for all the effort
Aug 19, 2016
Marcus Corner