Jackson Hole Rock Climbing
Trumpeter Swan. Photo by Blitzo.
"Howdy Partner, Yonder Lies Jackson Hole, the Last of the Old West"
This is the famous sign that greets visitors to Jackson Hole as they crest Teton Pass in their vehicles and get their first views of the valley. Perhaps the sign should also say "New West", but either way Jackson Hole is a great place.
While most climbers come to Jackson Hole to visit Grand Teton National Park
, there is other climbing available. Obviously the Tetons
are the main event, but on questionable weather days or if you're just looking for some lower elevation climbing, these other crags may just fit the bill.
The best of the local Jackson Hole crags is Rock Springs Buttress
. While not exactly low elevation (9000 feet), it does boast a relatively short approach (45 minutes) if you're willing to fork over the money to take the ski area's aerial tram. The Exum Arete
(5.9+) on Rock Springs Buttress is a must do.
For 5.10/5.11 cragging, visit Rodeo Wall
and for 5.11/5.12 cragging visit Blacktail Butte
. These limestone crags, while not destinations, offer scenic, fun, low stress cragging.
Getting To Jackson Hole
There are four primary driving routes in and out of Jackson Hole:
ID-33, WY-22 (Teton Pass)
The west entrance of Jackson Hole is Teton Pass, connecting the valley to Victor, Driggs and Idaho Falls, Idaho. Despite its steepness, Teton Pass is well-traveled and popular, as it offers access to major highways (including I-15) and other north/south routes. Be forewarned that travel on the pass can be dangerous in the winter. Check with the WY-Dot for road conditions and closings.
US 89, 26, 191, 189 (Hoback Junction)
The South entrance of Jackson Hole is Hoback Junction. Here, two highways merge and head north to Jackson: US 89/26 from Alpine and US 191/189 from Pinedale. US 89/26 is a popular route to the valley from points south, particularly Salt Lake City. The road travels through two different canyons, making for a beautiful drive. However, wildlife and winter conditions mean speeding can be a costly mistake. US 191/189 enters Hoback Canyon from Pinedale, Rock Springs and points east on I-80.
US 26, 287 (Togwotee Pass)
The north eastern entrance of the valley is marked by Togwotee Pass, which connects Jackson with Dubois, WY. This is the preferred route for parties arriving from the south eastern corner of Wyoming, including Casper and Cheyenne.
US 89, 191, 287 (Yellowstone's South Entrance)
The meeting of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks marks the northern entrance of the valley. Be aware, depending on the time of year and day, traffic through Yellowstone can difficult. Many people coming from the north opt to drive around Yellowstone and enter through Teton Pass. Also, as Yellowstone's South Entrance is closed to cars in the winter, this route is only possible in the late spring, summer and fall.
Weather station 1.0 miles from here
99 Total Climbing Routes
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Classic Climbing Routes in Jackson Hole
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Jackson Hole:
Featured Route For Jackson Hole
Knockin' on the Sky 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a WY
: Rock Springs Buttress
A nice mixed outing. Well protected with great rock and moves. Wild exposure!p1- 5.10+ (15m) two bolts - optional gear - careful belay at bolt 2!p2- 5.12- (20m) bolts!p3- 5.10- (31m) bolts and gear. p4- 5.10 (33m) bolts and gear. Tricky to read crux - 5.10 if you do it right!From the last anchor climb up short slot left (easy) to top or down climb right and escape on 3rd class terrain to the walk off down the gully right. If you rap use two 60's or a 70m. The first rap is 32m straight down...[more] Browse More Classics in WY
Antler Arch, Jackson. Photo by Blitzo.
Rendezvous Peak slab-off.
Antlers, Jackson. Photo by Blitzo.
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Historic sign from the 1930's. It has since been ...
Extensive slab on North Woods, Teton Pass. Rod New...
Sep 18, 2006
Jackson Hole is a very beautiful place.
Jul 13, 2009
There is a new guidebook paradigm going down in Jackson. tetonclimbing.com is about to offer the entire Jackson Hole Sport Climbing guidebook online and for FREE. This free offering will include all the classic areas plus all the "new" areas including: Cueva de las Cabras (The Cave), Slim Shady Wall in Teton Canyon, Dubois, WY sport climbing and much more.
By Nik Shah
Jul 15, 2014
I would strongly recommend against Cueva de las Cabras. The guidebook saying "there is no established trail yet" is the understatement of the century. The rock and dirt are both incredibly loose - so kicking rocks off is near impossible. We sketchily rappelled down off of trees rather than risk the decent.
By Charlie Jonas
From: Jackson, Wyoming
Jul 23, 2014
I haven't been out there this season but there is definitely a climbers trail (although getting up to it can be a bit tricky, theres about a 10 foot section of steep loose dirt before the trail starts). It sounds like you tried to ascend the scree field to the left of the trail.
While its definitely not a park service maintained trail, anyone who is climbing as hard as you need to be to climb at the goat cave, should be able to handle a little scree and loose dirt.
Jul 25, 2014
There is a new climber trail for the Goat Cave which is much mellower and safer. From the southern end of the parking pullout cross the road and locate the trail leading up hill and slightly left. Occasional cairn marks the start. Trail gains elevation along grassy slopes then traverses then entire hillside at cave level. Some flagging but pretty easy to follow. Way less sketchy.