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Elevation: 6,194 ft
GPS: 43.4748, -110.78299
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"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.

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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

Teton Pass Webcam

Getting To Jackson Hole

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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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Jackson Hole

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 66
Right Dihedrals aka Tolle Route
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 4
Queen’s Gambit
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 25
Triple Roofs
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 44
Exum Arete
Trad, Sport, Alpine 4 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 80
Alive in Wyoming
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 42
Do It For Doug
Sport, Alpine 4 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 14
Box Car Arete
Sport, Alpine 2 pitches
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c
 7
Whistle Pigs
Sport, Alpine
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 18
Clowns and Jokers
Trad, Sport, Alpine 5 pitches
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 9
Silver Sinkholes
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 14
TRG Teton Rock Gym
Sport
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 6
Hydro Pump
Sport
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 7
GrandCentral
Sport, Alpine 5 pitches
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 7
Potassium Powerpump
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 7
The First Element
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Right Dihedrals aka Tolle R… Rock Springs Bu… > (a) W Sector
 66
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Queen’s Gambit Swift Creek Canyon > N Fork > Queen’s Gambit
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Triple Roofs Rock Springs Bu… > (a) W Sector
 25
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Exum Arete Rock Springs Bu… > (b) Central Sector
 44
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport, Alpine 4 pitches
Alive in Wyoming Rodeo Wall
 80
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Do It For Doug Rock Springs Bu… > (b) Central Sector
 42
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, Alpine 4 pitches
Box Car Arete Rock Springs Bu… > (a) W Sector
 14
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, Alpine 2 pitches
Whistle Pigs Rock Springs Bu… > (c) E Sector
 7
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c Sport, Alpine
Clowns and Jokers Rock Springs Bu… > (b) Central Sector
 18
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, Sport, Alpine 5 pitches
Silver Sinkholes Swift Creek Canyon > Periodic Table > Precious Metal Wall (…
 9
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
TRG Teton Rock Gym Goat Cave
 14
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Hydro Pump Swift Creek Canyon > Periodic Table > H2O Wall
 6
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Sport
GrandCentral Rock Springs Bu… > (b) Central Sector
 7
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, Alpine 5 pitches
Potassium Powerpump Swift Creek Canyon > Periodic Table > Precious Metal Wall (…
 7
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
The First Element Swift Creek Canyon > Periodic Table > Precious Metal Wall (…
 7
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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