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Cascade Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Cascade Canyon from Guides Wall, GTNP, WY.

Baxter’s Pinnacle and Southwest Descent Gully Closed for Nesting Peregrine Falcons MORE INFO >>>


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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.8 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Cascade Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cascade Canyon:
Guide's Wall   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches   
Lower Highway to Heaven   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000'   
Baxter's Pinnacle - South Ridge   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 400'   
No Perches Necessary   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 160'   
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Lower Highway to Heaven 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  WY : Grand Teton National Park : Cascade Canyon
Introduction:Highway to Heaven is an outstanding multi-pitch climb on the tantalizing granite of Storm Point. Nobuyuki “Yuki” Fujita and I originally did the climb in eleven pitches. We purposely kept some of pitches short on our exploratory climbs to avoid rope drag and to communicate better between one another. However, in two subsequent climbs, that number was reduced to a more efficient seven to eight pitches. The climbs ends at Tranquility Point – not an official name, we admit, b...[more]   Browse More Classics in WY

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Rock Climbing Photo: Entering the Canyon offers quite a view!
Entering the Canyon offers quite a view!
Rock Climbing Photo: Bluebell day from Guides. Yosemite Wall - way in t...
Bluebell day from Guides. Yosemite Wall - way in t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Cascade Canyon at dusk. Teewinot on the left, Owen...
Cascade Canyon at dusk. Teewinot on the left, Owen...
Rock Climbing Photo: Cascade Canyon sunset.
Cascade Canyon sunset.
Rock Climbing Photo: Symmetry Spire, Cascade Canyon, 1999
Symmetry Spire, Cascade Canyon, 1999

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By Nick Stayner
From: Billings, MT
Mar 9, 2006
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.
By Robert Henderson
From: Wilson, WY
Apr 21, 2009
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.