One of the more prominent peaks in the Tetons, Nez Perce (nay pur-say) towers over the valley south of the Middle and Grand Teton. When approaching via Garnet Canyon, the peak is to your left (south) and makes up a large portion of the skyline. There are several technical climbs on just about every aspect, though some suffer from poor rock quality.
Hike up Garnet Canyon from the Lupine Meadows trailhead. Depending on your chosen route, ascend a couloir above the Platforms or continue up the drainage angling N of the Middle Teton.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Nez Perce:
Direct South Ridge 5.7 Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000 feet, Grade III
Direct South Ridge, Garnet Traverse Variation 5.8 Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 300 feet, Grade III
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Direct South Ridge 5.7 WY : Grand Teton National Park : Nez Perce
Probably the finest route on the peak, the South Ridge provides an enjoyable passage up mostly solid, golden granite to the summit. The difficulties are not sustained, with many easy 5th class sections broken up by short 5.6-5.7 steps. The crux is likely passing through a notch on a short wall on pitch six -- a few fun, steep, well-protected moves.We didn't do the last two pitches as the 5.8 variation looked like a more direct finish up the steep headwall near the top of the ridge. However, i...[more] Browse More Classics in WY