Grand Teton, Wyoming

Prominence: 6530 ft, 1990 m

Elevation: 13,770 feet, 4197 meters

True Isolation: 69.35 mi, 111.61 km
Elevation Info:NAVD88 Elevation: 13,775 ft / 4199 m
Local or Alternate Name(s)Nickname/Informal: The Grand
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)43° 44' 28'' N, 110° 48' 9'' W
43.741184, -110.802452 (Dec Deg)
515907 E 4843146 N, Zone 12 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
County/Second Level RegionTeton (Highest Point)

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Lists that contain Grand Teton:
     Triple Crown CoHPs (Rank #4)
     5000 foot Prominence CoHPs - 48 States (Rank #9)
     Fred Beckey's Great Peaks of the Continent (Rank #13)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 5000 feet of Prominence (Rank #17)
     5000 foot Prominence CoHPs (Rank #15)
     U.S. County High Points over 13,000 feet - 48 States (Rank #31)
     USA Lower 48 Top 100 Peaks by Prominence (Rank #17)
     USA Peaks with 6000 feet of Prominence (Rank #46)
     Apex (Toughest) CoHPs (Rank #5)
     Fifty Highest CoHPs in Lower 48 (Rank #26)
     U.S. County High Points over 13,000 feet (Rank #38)
     5000 foot gain CoHPs - 48 States (Rank #11)
     USA Lower 48 Range4 High Points (Rank #13)
     Fifty Highest CoHPs (Rank #33)
     Top 10 Prominence Grid for U.S. States (Rank #30)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 4000 feet of Prominence (Rank #17)
     Top 10 County High Points Grid for U.S. States (Rank #24)
     2000-foot Prominence CoHPs - 48 States (Rank #17)
     Top 10 Elevation Grid for U.S. States (Rank #35)
     5000 foot gain CoHPs (Rank #17)
     Teton Range 11,000-foot Peaks (Rank #1)
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Ascent Info

Total ascents/attempts logged by registered users: 566
     Show all viewable ascents/attempts (Total: 513)

Selected Trip Reports:
     1975-07-24 by Sandy Brown
     1992-09-13 by Greg Slayden
     1997-08-20 by Joe Lavelle
     2000-07 by J Thornton
     2002-09-04 by Bob Bolton
     2008-07-05 by Darin Wilson
     2009-07-19 by Greg McCrimmon (Unsuccessful)
     2011-07-11 by Daryn Dodge
     2011-07-11 by Marlin Thorman (Unsuccessful) (GPS Track)
     2011-08-01 by Matt Larson (Unsuccessful)
     2012-08-02 by Rob Woodall (GPS Track)
     2012-09-02 by Paul Barish (Unsuccessful)
     2013-07-12 by Roger Roots
     2013-08-18 by Curtis Bowden
     2015-09-13 by Alex Lennon
     2016-08-13 by Jacob Winey (GPS Track)
     2017-07-28 by Ryan Turner (GPS Track)
     2017-08-08 by Austin D. Smith
     2017-08-08 by Mark Smith
     2017-08-18 by Levi Dayley
     2017-08-18 by Jacob Swary (GPS Track)
     2017-09-01 by Jaeson Greer
     2018-04-22 by Jacob Winey (GPS Track)
     2018-07-12 by Clark Corbin
     2018-07-25 by Destry Orth
     2018-09-17 by Harvest Mondello
     2019-07-31 by Wesley Barry (GPS Track)
     2019-08-11 by Harvest Mondello
     2019-09-04 by Ndirish35 Ndirish35
     2020-07-19 by Evan L
     2020-07-26 by Jacob Winey (GPS Track)
     2020-08-15 by Mike Christiansen
     2020-08-15 by Josh Super
     2020-09-05 by Scott Rice (GPS Track)
     2021-08-11 by Chris Jarvis
     2022-07-27 by John Woiwode
     2022-09-12 by Grog Supervolcano

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"The Grand", as Jackson, WY locals call the towering rock spire northwest of town, has perhaps the most compelling profile of any mountain in America. The summit block seems impossibly tilted, adding a surreal cap to the already impressive jagged skyline of the Teton Range.

Many people are surprised to learn that the Grand Teton is not the highest mountain in Wyoming. Gannett Peak, 65 miles away in the Wind River Range, beats it out by 34 feet, and, although it is not as famous, Gannett is still a spectacular peak. Of course, there are tons of peaks in Colorado higher than the Grand, including all of the "fourteeners". Overall, it ranks about 115th in height among peaks in the 48 contiguous United States. But in the hearts and minds of anyone who sees the majestic "cathedral group" rising above the valley, its rank is far higher.

Climbing Notes:

Climbing "the Grand" is not as hard as it looks. The Owen-Spalding route, which corkscrews around a bit, following the easiest ledges, is rated Class 4--non-technical but very exposed. The Exum Ridge--either the direct or partial--are classic lines and are easy Class 5. The Exum Guide service, one of America's premier mountaineering outfitters, guides people up the Exum Ridge routes. Even climbing neophytes in good condition who pass their 2-day climbing school can then climb the Grand Teton with the guides.

Most routes start at the Lupine Meadows trailhead in Grand Teton National Park and climb up a hiking trail to the Lower Saddle at 11,640', just south of the Grand. The Exum Guides maintain a hut here, where climbs then go up towards the Exum Ridge or Owen-Spalding routes. The difficult North Ridge can also be accessed from the Saddle.

The Grand Teton and its surrounding peaks under a heavy coat of winter snow.
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 6530 ft/1990 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 6560 ft/1999 m
  Line Parent: Gannett Peak
  Key Col: Grassy Lake Reservoir E    7240 ft/2207 m
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 69.35 mi/111.61 km
   Isolation Limit Point: 43.184451, -109.654382
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Gannett Peak  (ESE)
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Rocky Mountains
Range3: Greater Yellowstone Rockies
Range4: Teton Range-Yellowstone Area (Highest Point)
Range5: Teton Range (Highest Point)
Range6: Cathedral Group (Highest Point)
Drainage BasinsSnake (HP)
Pacific-Western USA
Pacific Ocean
OwnershipLand: Grand Teton National Park (Highest Point)
Wilderness/Special Area: Grand Teton DFWA (Highest Point)
Topo MapGrand Teton O43110f7 1:24,000
First Ascent1898
    Owen, William
    Peterson, Frank
    Shive, John
    Spaulding, Franklin
Route #1 Exposed Scramble: Owen-Spaulding
Trailhead: Lupine Meadows 6740 ft/2054 m
Vertical Gain: 7030 ft/2143 m
Distance (one way): 5.3 mi/8.53 km
Data Source1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map
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The Grand Teton in winter, from the top of the Jackson Hole ski area tram (2009-02-07).
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A classic shot of the Grand Teton, one of the world's most recognizable summits.
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Somewhere along the Upper Exum in 2007. Such a nice, exposed route (2007-09-02). Photo by Andrew Knell.
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The view north from the east ridge of Buck. Nez Perce on the right (2015-08-27). Photo by Alex Lennon.
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Trying to prevent frostbite from claiming my fingers in-between the 2 rappels on the OS. Picture by Mark Smith (2017-08-08). Photo by Austin D. Smith.
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Looking at Middle Teton from partway up Grand Teton before sunrise (2016-09-16). Photo by Emily Cheng.
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The Grand Teton as seen from near the summit of the Middle Teton (2015-03-07). Photo by Jacob Winey.
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