jmh5331 wrote:I'd particularly like to know if skis are still useful to get to Garnet Canyon and the Lower Saddle.
jmh5331 wrote:We just returned from the Tetons, unfortunately we didn't make it up the Grand due to a couple nagging old injuries and illnesses. The snowline is about 8200' (we only did the Lupine Meadows trail into Garnet Canyon), and beyond that, I'd recommend snowshoes or skis. The NW ice couloir on the Middle looks like a snow slog, and the avalanche danger is very high in all parts of the canyon. There were some huge slides in Garnet Canyon after the storm the night of 6/13, and there aren't very many safe campsites in the Meadows. A large boulder reminiscent of the Hilton at Chasm Lake is a good site that's pretty clear of most avalanche paths. It's located at the base of the buttress on the Middle Teton that separates the north and south forks of Garnet Canyon. Gaining the Lower Saddle from Garnet Canyon would be an adventure; it looks like the best route would be to parallel the cliffs on the south side of the headwall (a straight line if you camp at that big overhanging boulder) very early in the morning, after a clear night when the snowpack is the strongest. Be very careful descending after the sun has had a chance to warm up those slopes. It still looks like there are a ton of slides ready to go all across the range.
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