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Teton Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,000'
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BETA PHOTO: This nice looking crack (5.11-?) is located on a s...


This is a beautiful canyon on the West side of the Teton Range accessed through Driggs, Idaho. A handful of rock routes are available, and in the winter a few ice climbs. The rock routes primarily face South - and can be hot in the summer - but some are SW facing and don't get sun until the afternoon. The canyon is bustling with activity in the Summer (campers, hikers, boy scouts, etc.) but it seems very few people bother to actually climb here so. The rock routes are located on a granite formation at the end of the road. The ice climbs are located among the limestone cliffs on the south side.

Getting There 

Find your way to Driggs, Idaho - and turn East onto ski hill road, as if heading to the Grand Targhee ski area. Drive about 6 miles up the road, and veer right onto the dirt road into Teton Canyon (well marked).

Despite accessing this canyon from Idaho - you are actually in Wyoming. The border of Idaho/Wyoming is small town of Alta you pass through on Ski Hill Road.

In the summer, you can drive to the end of the road to access the rock climbs. Park at the end of the road (far lot). Take the major trail up the canyon, and you'll quickly see a climber's trail branching off to the left. Follow this trail for 5-10 minutes to reach the crag.

For winter ice climbs, park when the road is closed to traffic and ski/snowmobile up the road to the ice climbs. Expect 1-1.5 hour approach to access the ice climbs.

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 6.7 miles from here

17 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Teton Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Teton Canyon:
Afternoon Delight (P1)   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Main Wall
Slabadellic   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Main Wall
Z-Crack   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 130'   Main Wall
S.O.S.   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Main Wall
Slope on a Rope   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Main Wall
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Featured Route For Teton Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Through the right traverse

Slope on a Rope 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  Wyoming : Teton Canyon : Main Wall
Black and grey water stained granite that is worthy of some photos. Route starts by going up and slightly right until the 2nd or 3rd bolt, then traverses right for 2-3 bolts, then up for 2-3 more bolts to anchors. The climbing is (as the name implies) on mostly sloppers the first 2/3rds, the last third (as I recall) is on very this holds and bad feet. Fun pumpey, and exciting. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Wyoming

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Rock Climbing Photo: TR w/ gear, thats how I roll :)
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By Matt TeNgaio
Sep 19, 2007
I headed up there recently, (8/07), with latest guide in hand and found a bunch of new stuff that isn't in the guide. Does anyone have current route beta for the Grand Wall area?
By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From: Bend, OR
Sep 19, 2007
I'm working on getting more info. Not only have new routes been added to the Grand Wall, but a new 80' craig has been developed with 10-15 routes somewhere on the N side. Rumors have it that it is "behind campsite #30". I haven't had time to explore yet.
By lane montgomery
From: Casper, WY
Jun 3, 2010
Its called Shady Maple after a restaurant in Pennsylvania.
By larry j
From: wydaho
Aug 23, 2011
Hey all- I've never posted on here before, but I saw the uncertainty about the new crag on the south side (N. facing) of the canyon, so I couldn't help but add some needed info (until the new version of the guide comes out). Myself and 5-6 locals have put up about 25 or so routes on this wall (The Shady Wall, not Shady Maple), all ranging from .10- to .13 something, with the bulk in the .11 range. Most everything is bolted, but there are a few mixed lines, and 1 or 2 gear lines. So a light rack helps and can supplement bolts on a few lines. The rock is beautiful granite with some limestone flowstone (the ooze) covering the granite on a few routes, which makes for some unique pocket climbing on granite. The climbing is very different than that of the Grand Wall and can be very deceptive as to how challenging a climb will be. The sun never hits the wall and is a great summer time crag. With that said, it takes forever to melt out in the spring and seeps into July (esp. this year, what a winter!). A full description of the crag and routes w/color photos will be in the new edition of the Jackson Hole/Pinedale Climbing Guide by Wesley Gooch. I think he said it should be out this fall?? PM me if anyone is looking for any more beta. There is great bouldering at the base of the crag on 3 very large boulders as well...check it out
By ChanVan
Aug 29, 2016
Went and checked out the Shady Wall this weekend after reading the last comment from 2011. This wall is sick. All routes except for one (the 5.9 warmup) are on absolutely immaculate rock. The wall stays shady all day. There are 5-star sport routes in the 5.10, 5.11, 5.12 and 5.13 grades. It is a 15 min. walk from the car. Oh yea, and there is rad bouldering all over the place. The Guideboook referenced in the comment above is now out of print and I couldn't find a copy for sale in any of the local climbing shops in Jackson. However, the Yostmark climbing shop in Driggs (on Ski Hill Rd. about a block after you turn onto it in town) has a store copy and were nice enough to let me take pictures. I won't post the pics on here cuz I'm pretty sure that would be illegal in some way, but if you decide to check this place out just drop into the shop and they'll help you out. IMO this is the best sport crag within 1.5 hrs of Jackson by a mile.

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