Elevation: 6,200 ft
GPS: 43.475, -110.783 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Andy Laakmann on Jun 21, 2006
Admins: Mike Snyder, Taylor Spiegelberg, Jake Dickerson

Description

"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
 49
Shady Grove
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 53
Tolle Route (aka Guide's Route)
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 72
Betty Tendon Blaster
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 36
Hook It
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 39
Drill and Repetition
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 20
Triple Roofs
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 40
Exum Arete
Trad, Sport, Alpine 4 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 32
Monkey Flower
Sport, Alpine
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 59
Alive in Wyoming
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 45
I Against I
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 47
Copenhagen
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 39
Do It For Doug
Sport, Alpine 4 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 11
Box Car Arete
Sport, Alpine 2 pitches
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 4
Rasberry Arete
Sport, Alpine 2 pitches
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 7
Grand Central
Sport, Alpine 5 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Shady Grove Hoback Shield > 1. Hoback Shield Left
 49
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Tolle Route (aka Guide's Ro… Rock Springs Bu… > (a) W Sector
 53
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Betty Tendon Blaster Rodeo Wall
 72
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Hook It Hoback Shield > 4. Far Right (Warmup…
 36
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Drill and Repetition Hoback Shield > 4. Far Right (Warmup…
 39
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Triple Roofs Rock Springs Bu… > (a) W Sector
 20
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Exum Arete Rock Springs Bu… > (b) Central Sector
 40
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Sport, Alpine 4 pitches
Monkey Flower Rock Springs Bu… > (a) W Sector
 32
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, Alpine
Alive in Wyoming Rodeo Wall
 59
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
I Against I Rodeo Wall
 45
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Copenhagen Rodeo Wall
 47
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Do It For Doug Rock Springs Bu… > (b) Central Sector
 39
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, Alpine 4 pitches
Box Car Arete Rock Springs Bu… > (a) W Sector
 11
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, Alpine 2 pitches
Rasberry Arete Rock Springs Bu… > (c) E Sector
 4
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, Alpine 2 pitches
Grand Central Rock Springs Bu… > (b) Central Sector
 7
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, Alpine 5 pitches
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