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The north side of Owen viewed from Cascade Canyon.

Description 

The second highest peak in the range, with no route easier than 5th class to its summit, Owen would be a showcase peak in almost any other American range. However, since it is obscured by the Grand and/or Teewinot from many of the most frequented vantage points in the park, it seems to get less attention than it deserves. Owen is fully impressive when viewed from the north, particularly in Cascade Canyon.


Getting There 

Owen's most common route of ascent is probably via a traverse from Teewinot. Other accessible routes include the East Ridge and Koven via Surprise Lake and Teton Glacier.


3 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mt Owen:
Koven Route   5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c Easy Snow     Trad, Snow, Alpine, 1 pitch, 3000'   
East Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Easy Snow     Trad, Snow, Alpine, Grade II   
Serendipity Arete   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b C1     Trad, Aid, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1500'   
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The Serendipity Arete from the north side of the Grand.  The third tower is just left of the big gap in the red line.

Serendipity Arete 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b C1  WY : Grand Teton National Park : Mt Owen
The Serendipity Arete, approximately the west ridge of Mt Owen, is much better characterized as a mountain adventure rather than a rock climb. Most people will probably find the approach and descent more demanding than the climb itself. The climbing generally consists of short, steep sections with lots of scrambling in between. Retreat from the route would probably entail much downclimbing.Approach: Cross Jenny Lake somehow, then walk up the Cascade Canyon trail for about three miles, until ...[more]   Browse More Classics in WY

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Mt Owen on the right from Amphitheater Lake
BETA PHOTO: Mt Owen on the right from Amphitheater Lake
Mt. Owen from the southeast, showing typical mid-winter conditions.
Mt. Owen from the southeast, showing typical mid-w...
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By Robert Henderson
From: Wilson, WY
Apr 21, 2009

The most common route of ascent is the Koven Couloir, definitely NOT the traverse from Teewinot (which is long and involved.)