Grand Teton National Park offers the climber an array of climbing types, positions, settings and conditions. There's everything from two-pitch sunny crag adventures to mixed alpine endurance testpieces. A more detailed description of the climbing character can be found in the descriptions of each area.

Getting There

Grand Teton National Park is located about 10 miles north of Jackson, WY. Directions to specific trailheads can be found in the individual areas.

Nearby Climbing

When visiting the Tetons, you might want to check out some of the other local climbing. The nearby climbing generally has less of a commitment factor, and is good for "rest" days or in questionable weather. Check out the Jackson Hole section for information on other climbing in the area.

The Teton Rock Gym in Driggs, Idaho has the areas only indoor climbing. (Enclosure is defunct)

And if the weather goes south but you still want to climb, be sure to check out Jackson Hole's new full-service climbing gym - The Enclosure Indoor Climbing Center;. Over 10,000 sqft of sweet climbing wall at the foot of the Tetons.


Grand Teton National Park - official website of the park service

Climbing Conditions Blog run by the GTNP Climbing Rangers

Jackson Hole Mountain Weather - local weatherman's forecast for the Jackson Hole area and mountains. As accurate as you'll find for the Teton range.

Teton Web Cam - from the east

Another Teton Web Cam - from the west

Jackson Hole Avalanche Forecast - only updated in winter

Grand Teton Climbers' Ranch

The Grand Teton Climbers' Ranch offers the most affordable and accessible lodging for climbers visiting Grand Teton National Park. Cabins are a short walk from the Lupine Meadows trail, providing easy access to climbing in the Tetons. Join the American Alpine Club and save $8/night. Open June-September. Book Reservations

221 Total Climbs

Route Finder - Best Climbs for YOU!

Location: Grand Teton National Park Change
Type:  to 
Sort by:   then:

Classic Climbing Routes at Grand Teton National Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a
Southwest Couloir
Trad, Alpine
4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b Easy Snow
East Face
Snow, Alpine
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Owen Spalding
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
CMC Route
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Upper Exum Ridge
Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Direct Petzoldt Ridge
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Lower Exum Ridge
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Guide's Wall
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Irene's Arete
Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
North Ridge
Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
The Grand Traverse
Trad, Alpine
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Open Book
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Baxter's Pinnacle - South Ridge
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
The Snaz
Trad, Alpine
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Caveat Emptor
Trad, Alpine 8 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Southwest Couloir Middle Teton
3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a Trad, Alpine
East Face Teewinot
4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b Easy Snow Snow, Alpine
Owen Spalding Grand Teton
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
CMC Route Mt Moran
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
Upper Exum Ridge Grand Teton
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
Direct Petzoldt Ridge Grand Teton
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Lower Exum Ridge Grand Teton
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Guide's Wall Cascade Canyon
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Irene's Arete Disappointment Peak
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
North Ridge Grand Teton
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
The Grand Traverse Grand Teton
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine
Open Book Disappointment Peak
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Baxter's Pinnacle - South R… Cascade Canyon
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
The Snaz Death Canyon > Cathedral Buttress
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Alpine
Caveat Emptor Death Canyon > Cathedral Buttress
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 8 pitches
More Classic Climbs in Grand Teton National Park »

Weather Averages

Days w Precip
Prime Climbing Season


This area has amazing rock quality, and is also a mix of great hiking. My best experiences here were planning on car-to-car outings without hauling all the overnight stuff. I seem to end up at Mountain High Pizza for some good grub after an outing. Staying at the AAC Climber's Ranch is a good way to get more info about conditions from others that have come back - we avoided two verglas epics by doing this.

Also, going to the ranger's station @ Jenny Lake is also good to talk with them. Mar 8, 2006
Baxter's Pinnacle :: On or about June 25, 2007, Sam Lightner and I replaced the rap anchor on Baxter's Pinnacle. The old anchor consisted of 2 pitons and a star bolt "equalized" with webbing. (In truth, all the force of the rappel was on 1 piton) We removed both pitons and all the webbing and replaced with 2 stainless bolts with chain. One a 3/8 and one a 1/2, both drilled by hand. Should be noted that one of the pitons, the one bearing the rap force, pulled out by hand and the other came out without a fight. We left the star bolt as a bit of historical artifact. Special thanks to ASCA for donating the hardware. Enjoy.

Forest Dramis Jul 7, 2007
Sauce Purvis
Golden, CO.
Sauce Purvis   Golden, CO.
I thought I should take this chance to plug the accommodations at the American Alpine Club Climber's Ranch. I spent six nights this past August at the Ranch and had a blast hanging out with a variety of diverse and friendly climbers. It is an affordable option with all the resources a Teton climber could need, including a fine library, wi-fi weather updates, great showers and a true climber's kitchen. It was a great place to visit with climbers as they filed in after their various climbs. You can always find someone willing to help with tricky approaches or beta for the climb and descent routes. The only drawback is that the cabins can be somewhat noisy with climbers on different schedules. Still, I would encourage any climber to take advantage of this resource and support the ranch. Sep 6, 2009
Robert Hyman
Washington, DC
Robert Hyman   Washington, DC
Hi everyone, I have been to the Tetons every summer for the past 22 years to climb. If you are looking for a great place to stay from June until September the Grand Teton Climbers' Ranch is the place to go. Run by The American Alpine Club as a place for climbers to meet and discuss climbing all located in the shadow of the Grand Teton. for more info go
hope to see you this summer! Robert the Explorer Mar 30, 2011
I am living in Cheyenne and planning a trip to the Tetons in mid Augest and looking to climb Grand Teton while I am there. Is there anyone that would be interest in partnering for a Jul 29, 2011
Anyone interested in climbing the Grand Teton? I have equipment and am flexible.

Contact me at

Adam Tanenbaum Aug 27, 2011
Jackson, WY
Toby   Jackson, WY
There is a new guidebook that just went to press from Aaron Gams. It looks awesome and has 80 something routes, 14 of them new routes. Should be out mid May. Apr 28, 2012
Jeff House
rapid city sd
Jeff House   rapid city sd
Toby any word on the new book. Just moved to the area (yellow stone) looking to pick up most recent/ helpful guide.
Thank You
Jeff. May 17, 2012
The 5th season of charging $35-45/night for a backcountry campsite is upon us. Stay in your RV for $22...? Exemptions for youths below 18 yrs old, discount for students, please. And whats up with Director's Order #41 ? Heli-loads of rock into surveyed wilderness? Oct 30, 2015
Two friends and I are planning on making a trip to the Tetons and are looking at possibilities for guides. We have no climbing experience but we're fit and fearless. If you have any information on where we could find a local guide or if you yourself could be a guide for us, contact me at Thank you! Jan 31, 2017
Jason Todd
Cody, WY
Jason Todd   Cody, WY
Here are the guides authorized to work in GTNP: Jan 31, 2017
Jeff J.
Sioux Falls, SD
Jeff J.   Sioux Falls, SD
Suggestions on best guide books for western WY? May 31, 2018