Young boy hiking the North Fork of Cascade Canyon, Grand Teton National Park.

The Best Short Backpacking Trip in Grand Teton National Park

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If you’re looking for a short, supremely scenic, beginner- and family-friendly backpacking trip in Grand Teton National Park, the 19.7-mile, two- to three-day Paintbrush Canyon-Cascade Canyon loop is the one for you. Featuring scenery just as outstanding as anywhere else in the park, it’s a great trip for even the most experienced backpackers. It crosses one of the highest points reached via trail in the park, 10,720-foot Paintbrush Divide, where the view takes in a jagged skyline of peaks and spires in every direction. You will hike below the striped cliffs of Paintbrush Canyon and the waterfalls and soaring peaks of Cascade Canyon, and pass by beloved Lake Solitude, ringed by cliffs at over 9,000 feet. And the wildflower displays in mid-summer are superb.

Read my blog stories “5 Perfect National Park Backpacking Trips for Beginners” or “The Best Beginner Backpacking Trip in Grand Teton National Park” (both of which are free for anyone to read) for a short description, with photos, of the route described in much more detail this e-guide. See all of my stories about Grand Teton National Park, or scroll down to Grand Teton on my All National Park Trips page.

Purchase this e-guide NOW to begin planning this perfect, beginner-friendly backpacking trip in Grand Teton National Park!

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