Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Peaks: The Middle Teton
Location: Middle Teton, Teton National Forest, Wyoming
Elevation: 12,804 ft
The Middle Teton is a great non-technical climb with a huge elevation gain, great views, and some fun glissades. The Middle Teton is directly south of the Grand and from the summit, the Grand is breath-taking. If you don't have a desire to climb the Grand, you will after you see the view from the Middle Teton.
We began the hike at the Garnet Canyon trailhead at 5 am. We made our way up with our headlamps to the hanging valley and the beginning of Garnet Canyon. The sun began to rise and the Middle Teton came into view up the canyon. The Middle Teton has a huge black igneous dike running straight up its face. We hiked up to the meadow and took the south fork up, up, up to the pass. We crossed a couple steep snow fields where an ice axe is recommended. We then took the southwest couloir up to the peak. The peak offers views of of many of the teton peaks, jackson hole, the wind river range to the east, and the snake river plain to the west. I popped a can of pringles, snapped some pictures and we headed down. We were back to the trailhead around 4 pm. I looked back up to the Grand Teton, determined to climb it next summer.