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Big Rocks, Old Teton Pass Road, Wilson WY 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Fire Pit Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Goat Cave, The 0 / 13 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Hoback Shield 1 / 23 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 24
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort 7 / 9 / 3 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 17 / 17
Mount Glory 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Rock Springs Buttress 26 / 33 / 0 / 1 / 2 / 0 / 5 / 56 / 56
Rodeo Wall 0 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Elevation: 6,200 ft
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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.

Web Resources

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

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.
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Shady Grove
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Tolle Route (aka Guide's Route)
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Betty Tendon Blaster
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Hook It
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Drill and Repetition
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Triple Roofs
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Monkey Flower
Sport, Alpine
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Exum Arete
Trad, Sport, Alpine 4 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Alive in Wyoming
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Do It For Doug
Sport, Alpine 4 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Box Car Arete
Sport, Alpine 2 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Gray Wall
Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Rasberry Arete
Sport, Alpine 2 pitches
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Grand Central
Sport, Alpine 5 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Shady Grove Hoback Shield > Hoback Shield Left
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Tolle Route (aka Guide's Ro… Rock Springs Buttress
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Betty Tendon Blaster Rodeo Wall
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Hook It Hoback Shield > Far Right (Warmup Area)
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Drill and Repetition Hoback Shield > Far Right (Warmup Area)
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Triple Roofs Rock Springs Buttress
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Monkey Flower Rock Springs Buttress
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, Alpine
Exum Arete Rock Springs Buttress
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport, Alpine 4 pitches
Alive in Wyoming Rodeo Wall
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Copenhagen Rodeo Wall
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Do It For Doug Rock Springs Buttress
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, Alpine 4 pitches
Box Car Arete Rock Springs Buttress
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, Alpine 2 pitches
Gray Wall Rock Springs Buttress
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
Rasberry Arete Rock Springs Buttress
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, Alpine 2 pitches
Grand Central Rock Springs Buttress
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, Alpine 5 pitches
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Jackson Hole is a very beautiful place. Sep 18, 2006
There is a new guidebook paradigm going down in Jackson. is about to offer the entire Jackson Hole Sport Climbing guidebook online and for FREE. This free offering will include all the classic areas plus all the "new" areas including: Cueva de las Cabras (The Cave), Slim Shady Wall in Teton Canyon, Dubois, WY sport climbing and much more. Jul 13, 2009
I would strongly recommend against Cueva de las Cabras. The guidebook saying "there is no established trail yet" is the understatement of the century. The rock and dirt are both incredibly loose - so kicking rocks off is near impossible. We sketchily rappelled down off of trees rather than risk the decent. Jul 15, 2014
Charlie Jonas
Jackson, Wyoming
Charlie Jonas   Jackson, Wyoming
I haven't been out there this season but there is definitely a climbers trail (although getting up to it can be a bit tricky, theres about a 10 foot section of steep loose dirt before the trail starts). It sounds like you tried to ascend the scree field to the left of the trail.

While its definitely not a park service maintained trail, anyone who is climbing as hard as you need to be to climb at the goat cave, should be able to handle a little scree and loose dirt. Jul 23, 2014
There is a new climber trail for the Goat Cave which is much mellower and safer. From the southern end of the parking pullout cross the road and locate the trail leading up hill and slightly left. Occasional cairn marks the start. Trail gains elevation along grassy slopes then traverses then entire hillside at cave level. Some flagging but pretty easy to follow. Way less sketchy. Jul 25, 2014

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