Over Labor Day Weekend, a strong weather system moved through the rocky mountain region causing widespread damage to trees from wind and snow. In Grand Teton National Park, this dramatic event resulted in large areas of downed trees that blocked roads and trails, and created a significant amount of work for park crews to clear.
The event brought extremely high winds with gusts topping 50 mph. Although the storm created problems throughout the entire park, the southern canyons—namely Granite and Death Canyons—were hit the hardest. Both trails were impassable in the days following until Grand Teton’s trail crew could assess and address the extensive challenge of clearing hundreds of trees, some of which exceeded over 30 inches in diameter.
The trail crew has worked tirelessly over the last few weeks to clear dangerous downfall and debris to recreate safe passage for trail users after what has been recognized as one of the most significant wind events in recent Teton history. Thank you to all of the hard workers for their efforts, and thank you to all of our supporters who allow crews to perform this difficult work.