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black Hanging Canyon to Lake of the Crags

Trail

2.2 mile 3.6 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 2,774' 845 m
Descent: -44' -13 m
High: 9,557' 2,913 m
Low: 6,828' 2,081 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 24% (13°)
Max Grade: 67% (34°)

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Trail shared by Sylvia Cooper

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

Sylvia Cooper

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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Oct 15, 2018
Adam Benjamin
Dead reckoned through thick snow. Trail was not visible during the last bit once we got near the lakes up top. Got lucky we did not get hurt. 2.2mi
Sep 13, 2018
Matthew Henderson
Spectacular!
Aug 7, 2018
Jaimie Whaley
3mi
Jul 24, 2018
Barrett Wilson
Amazing! Trailhead is found at the base of a large fallen tree.
Jul 15, 2017
Glenn Landis
Jul 1, 2017
Tommy Wallnuts
Jun 7, 2017
Chris Prince
Lots of snow 3mi
Aug 15, 2016
Megan Mueller
Basically straight up for 2.2ish miles — 3h 15m

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in West

#330

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#4

in West

#11

in Wyoming

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