If anyone ever tells you the Teton Crest Trail is a nice, mellow backpacking trip, they lied. This trail can get a bit gnarly and serve you up some steep elevation gain and loss. It has the option of summiting a few peaks as well as a butt-kicking 40+ miles of trail to explore. In short, this has been one of our favorite backpacking trips yet! If the many miles of elevation change don’t take your breath away and make you want to die, the expansive mountain ranges with hidden valleys certainly will. We do not recommend this trail is for the faint of heart, you will work for it, but the rewards are more than worth it.
We planned this short adventure for Becca’s brother, Bobby, as a “thank you” for officiating our wedding. The three of us spent two nights and three days hiking about 35 miles of the trail. The Teton Crest Trail, in its entirety, can be done relatively quickly (3-4 days) if you pack light and hike strong, but we were in no hurry. Mountain streams and snow runoff were plentiful so water sources were never scarce. We saw quite a few piles of fresh, berry-ridden bear scat along the trail. We did spot one furry teddy scrounging for breakfast. He was cool about it; he went on his way and we went on ours after some gawking and cautious steps. We don’t have words vast enough to sum up our experience in the beautiful Teton Range, but to say the least – we were in love.