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Teton National Park

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Teton National Park

Overview

RATING: Class II-
CFS RANGE: 500 - 4,000
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Sun

A slight chance of snow between 8am and 10am.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 18 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 20%.

37 | 19

Mon

Snow.  High near 33. Windy, with a southwest wind 26 to 33 mph, with gusts as high as 49 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

33 | 24

Tue

Snow.  High near 19. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 80%.

19 | 8

Wed

A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before 11am.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26.

26 | 0

Thu

Snow likely.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. Breezy.

35 | 15

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SEASON: Summer and Fall

Sun

A slight chance of snow between 8am and 10am.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 18 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 20%.

37 | 19

Mon

Snow.  High near 33. Windy, with a southwest wind 26 to 33 mph, with gusts as high as 49 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

33 | 24

Tue

Snow.  High near 19. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 80%.

19 | 8

Wed

A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before 11am.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26.

26 | 0

Thu

Snow likely.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. Breezy.

35 | 15

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View of the Grand Teton - Snake River - Grand Teton National Park

View of the Grand Teton - Snake River - Grand Teton National Park

I think there are two ways to best experience Grand Teton National Park. The first is to climb one of the peaks. A few have non-technical routes, and many have some of the nations classic technical routes. All the peaks, however, require excellent physical condition and a high level of skill and experience.

The other way to best see the park, in my opinion, is to float a section of the Snake. This gets you away from the crowds and tourist areas, and offers incredible scenery and a very high likelihood of seeing wildlife.

This section of river offers a good introduction to the area. Though heavily signed as being an intermediate and difficult run, this is perhaps oversold in mid-to-late summer and fall when flows are lower and the river more lazy and forgiving.

This is a float I would not recommend to beginners over about 4000 cfs. Below 4000 cfs, competent beginners with a eye for navigation will have no difficulties. The challenge is finding and staying in the main channel to avoid the many dead end side braids. Even this is not particularly difficult below 4000 cfs when it is easy to turn a boat. Above 4000 cfs, the river becomes more pushy and difficult to make quick maneuvers.

A side note, this section is generally floated by drift boats and inflatables. It is suitable for kayaks, though not very exciting. Canoeists with advanced skills would also be well suited below 4000 cfs. There are a few small riffles, the largest occurring within a few hundred feet of the takeout.

Typical Scenary - Snake River - Grand Teton National Park

Typical Scenary - Snake River - Grand Teton National Park

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