Trail Section: Camping Along the Death Canyon Shelf
I had already mentioned that I had gotten onto the Teton Crest Trail with higher-than-high expectations and after an uninspiring day one, I had actually turned quite pessimistic. However, passing by Marion Lake and traversing through Fox Creek Pass on the second day had somehow exceeded those lofty expectations.
After the Teton Crest Trail crosses Fox Creek Pass and reenters Grand Teton National Park, the trail then traverses the Death Canyon Shelf for nearly four miles. Extending from Fox Creek Pass to Mount Meek Pass, the Death Canyon Shelf is a narrow plateau running parallel to Death Canyon to the east and sheer cliffs rising several hundred feet to the west. It’s a barren shelf, 10 miles from the nearest trailhead, with spectacular views of the Grand to the north.
Having already exceeded expectations, that night we were also lucky enough to snag permits to camp in the Death Canyon Shelf backcountry zone – now one of my favorite spots I’ve ever spent the night.
The 2014 Teton Crest Trail:
- Hiking the Teton Crest Trail
- Day 1: A Mellow Day to the Middle Fork of Granite Canyon
- Day 2 (Part 1): Marion Lake & Fox Creek Pass
- Day 2 (Part 2:) Camping Along the Death Canyon Shelf
- Day 3: Rushing Through Alaska Basin & Over Hurricane Pass
- Day 4: Bailing Out Cascade Canyon
- Day 5: Not on the Trail! Just Relaxing in the Tetons