Hiked up trail 219 to Elk Flat from the large trailhead pullout on road 235. A mellow walk to the top with good views of the Tetons from there. Very pleasant area despite all the motorized use.
Came in from the Driggs side. Didn't see any other hikers, but several dirt bikers and mt bikers. Considering it was 15 miles roundtrip when all was said and done I see why the bikes are so popular. A lot of snow still in the area, and a lot of green...very picturesque.
I hiked from the west over Blacktail Pass. I tagged Piney Peak and Red Butte on the same hike. Long day.... Great views, beautiful area.
Adam Helman, an avid county highpointer and myself wanted to pick up two Idaho counties, Madison and Teton. In order to claim Teton county as a completion, one must hike to the top of both Garns and Piney Peak. We came in from the Kelly Canyon way (west) and proceeded to hike first to Garns via the ATV roads, taking a side trip over Coyote Ridge, and then hiked to the top of Piney (my favorite) and returned back to our vehicles by going over the top of Red Butte, the county highpoint for Madison county. A great but long day. 20 miles with at least 5000 feet of elevation gain. Beautiful area.
I have been on Garns many many many times over the years. This was my backyard growing up. I lived in the Big holes all summer and winter as young adult. Have some incredible pics from there if i can find them! Piney Peak is a good one too!
Oh and to the author of this page, lay off the motorbikers, they arent bad.
I tried to bag this one with a friend (Jon Tanner) on cross-country skis in the late winter/early spring of 1985. He brought his girlfriend (now his wife, Lynda) who got sick and puked not too soon after we started up through the snow. We left her behind while we explored ahead and then we almost got TRAMPLED/STOMPED by a moose on a wind blown ridge. I was the dumb tourist with the camera when it charged us. Jon whacked it across the nose with his ski poles which bought us just enough time to get outa there!