For Death Canyon you start at the Death Canyon Trail head which is off the Moose-Wilson Road. You really need a four-wheel drive vehicle to get all the way to the trail head because the last mile on the road is a very sketchy, rutted dirt road. For an easy hike, it’s about a mile to the Phelps Lake Overlook. You could turn around there or keep going into Death Canyon. Just head down the switchbacks.
At the bottom of the last switchback, there is a cutoff that you take down to Phelps Lake, so that’s the other way you can get down to Phelps. If you want to go the Phelps, I recommend going left (east) of this cutoff trail because it will take you to a small sandy beach on the lake. Also, you might get lucky to see a moose or a bear heading this way.
If you head into Death Canyon and go to the patrol cabin, it’s about four miles, and I would consider that a moderate hike, although it is uphill most of the way.
Once at the Patrol Cabin you can take a break or keep heading west through the meadows (and maybe some moose sightings) and that will eventually take you to the Death Canyon Shelf. I often go about a mile to the wooden bridge and enjoy the view of the canyon.
When you get to the patrol cabin, if you take the trail to the north, that will take you up to Static Peak, which is one of the few, if not the only, trail you can actually hike to a top of a mountain (11,400 feet) without climbing. It’s four uphill miles, and it is extremely strenuous, but it is worth the effort. When you get to the top of Static Peak you get an amazing 360-degree view of the whole valley and Grand Teton National Park. It’s spectacular! Just plan to be on the Summit no later than 1:00 because often afternoon thunderstorms come in and it’s called “Static Peak” for a reason.
Thanks for reading this post at Carol’s corner and remember love is Bon Jovi, bears and hiking in Jackson Hole.