Grand Teton seen from the summit of Rendezvous Mountain
Not to be confused with Rendezvous Peak, elevation 10,927 feet, Rendezvous Mountain is 10,450 feet high and is located directly west of Teton Village, Wyoming. This mountain could be considered as Wyoming's answer to California's Mammoth Mountain in the Sierra Nevada Range. Rendezvous Mountain was developed for skiing in the winter time, and sight-seeing and hiking in the summer time. Thanks to technology and modern conveniences of life, this is probably one of the easiest mountains to reach the summit of since Jackson Hole Aerial Tramway will take you to within a hundred feet of the summit. The tram ride, some 2.5 miles long, as a bird flies, and some 4,140 feet of elevation gain, will give you a great feel for the size and scope of this mountain. At the end of the ride, climbing some twenty or forty steps will put you on the very top of the mountain.
The views from the top of Rendezvous Mountain are truly grand. Being in the Teton Range, the first thing you would be looking for is the grandest of them all, Grand Teton itself. Although the distance is somewhat far, Grand Teton will not disappoint you. The bulk of the upper portion of The Grand is high enough to peek out above the foreground ridges and mountains to give you an impressive view. The 360 degree birds-eye view of the surrounding mountains and valleys are breathtaking. Looking east and south gives an impressive view of Snake River and surrounding landscapes. To make your stay on top even more fun and convenient, there is a small general store that serves some food, drinks and gifts, and offers public restrooms.
In addition to a 4-wheel drive service road, there are a number of trails that one could take for sight-seeing. One of the trails takes you to the "End of The Earth," a short half of a mile long to a spot where you get a good view of the nearby valleys. Other hikes include Corbet's Rock and Cirque Trail. Cirque Trail, the subject of a separate page, will lead to the top of the gondola where there is a much more upscale restaurant and bar is located. Another trail takes one to the top of a long series of rock formations skirting the summit of Rendezvous Mountain. We spotted a few fixed anchors from Corbet's Rock indicating rock climbing activity. Looking at this rock band from the bottom reveals potential for many trad and sport routes at 10,000 feet.
Jackson Hole Aerial Tramway. The summit of Rendezvous Mountain clearly visible. This ride takes just under 9 minutes.
Snake River seen from the summit of Rendezvous Mountain
Hiking the trail to End of Earth, a shot pleasant hike from the top
Corbet's Cabin near the summit
From the town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, take highway 22, Teton Pass Highway and drive about five miles to its intersection with "Moose Wilson Road" Highway 390. This intersection is shortly after crossing Snake River. Turn right onto Moose Wilson and drive another eight miles to Teton Village. Turn left and enter the village. You will find many restaurants and cafes as well as sporting good store in this village.
There are many campgrounds within and outside of Grand Teton National Park. Availability of campsites depends greatly on the season. The following link provides much more information than this page can provide.