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Routes in Cascade Canyon

Bat Attack Crack T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Baxter's Pinnacle - South Ridge T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Guide's Wall T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Lower Highway to Heaven T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
No Perches Necessary T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Symmetry Crag 4 - Trinity Buttress T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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Access Issue: Baxter’s Pinnacle and Southwest Descent Gully Closed for Nesting Peregrine Falcons Details


Some of the most popular climbs in GTNP are found within this canyon. The short approaches (which even can include a boat ride!), sunny exposure, and relatively little elevation gain all contribute to Cascade Canyon's popularity.

Getting There

There are three options for the initial part of the approach:

1) Pay a few dollars and take the short boat ride across from the South Jenny Lake Parking Lot. After exiting the boat dock, turn right and walk a few minutes until the Horse Trail takes off to the left.
2) Hike 2.6 miles around the lake from the South Jenny Lake Parking Lot. After passing the boat dock, continue for a few minutes until the Horse Trail takes off to the left.
3) Hike 1.7 miles from the String Lake Parking Lot. Once the trail hits the lake, look for another trail heading off to the right shortly before the boat dock. If you hit the boat dock, you've gone too far!

If you are climbing something further back in the canyon(like Guide's Wall), the Stock/Horse trail eventually reaches the main Cascade Canyon trail (or superhighway in Summer).

For Baxter's Pinnacle or No Perches Necessary you'll only hike up the trail for 10-15 minutes before turning off. Guide's Wall is about 1 hour up the trail.

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Nick Stayner
Wymont Kingdom
Nick Stayner   Wymont Kingdom
If you're not taking the boat, park at String Lake. Hiking south from here is faster than hiking from the Jenny Lake parking area. This is key for early season ascents- most of the stuff in Cascade is climbable well before the boat starts running.

Anyway, when you enter the String Lake parking area, take your first left. There will be a large sign/trailhead. Hike immediately over a bridge. Take a left at the first junction, following the creek that drains String Lake. Eventually the stream enters Jenny Lake. Follow the trail til you come to a junction for the horse trail. Take this for the quickest access to Baxter's, No Perches, Guide's Wall, & the rest of Cascade Canyon. Mar 9, 2006
Robert Henderson
Wilson, WY
Robert Henderson   Wilson, WY
I agree with Nick, the flat String Lk trail only takes 20-25 minutes. The boat takes almost as long when you count the wait, etc. However, there is a 7am boat most of the summer for the Exum climbing classes that is a few dollars cheaper than the regular fare. The boat is a good option for Symmetry Spire routes - just don't dwaddle as you might miss the last return trip. Apr 21, 2009

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