Death Canyon

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Death Canyon
Grand Teton Death Canyon WY1.jpg
Death Canyon from Jackson Hole
Country United States
State Wyoming
County Teton
 - coordinates 43°38′46″N 110°54′07″W / 43.64611°N 110.90194°W / 43.64611; -110.90194 [1]
Mouth Phelps Lake
 - elevation 6,690 ft (2,039 m) [1]
 - coordinates 43°39′11″N 110°48′24″W / 43.65306°N 110.80667°W / 43.65306; -110.80667Coordinates: 43°39′11″N 110°48′24″W / 43.65306°N 110.80667°W / 43.65306; -110.80667 [1]

Death Canyon is located in Grand Teton National Park, in the U.S. state of Wyoming.[2] The canyon was formed by glaciers which retreated at the end of the last glacial maximum approximately 15,000 years ago, leaving behind a U-shaped valley.[3] The trailhead for the canyon is located on a side road off the Moose-Wilson Road, approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) from the park headquarters at Moose, Wyoming. At the base of the canyon is Phelps Lake which was created by glacial activity. The Death Canyon Trail extends the length of the canyon to Fox Creek Pass, at which point the Death Canyon Shelf, a relative narrow and level plateau, can be traversed.[4] The canyon has many Whitebark Pine stands, particularly near the tree line. At the junction of the Death Canyon and the Alaska Basin trails, the historic Death Canyon Barn is preserved after being listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.[5]

Death Canyon from the Death Canyon Shelf

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  1. ^ a b c "Death Canyon". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  2. ^ Grand Teton, WY (Map). TopoQwest (United States Geological Survey Maps). Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  3. ^ "Park Geology". Geology Fieldnotes. National Park Service. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  4. ^ "Day Hikes" (pdf). National Park Service. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  5. ^ "Death Canyon Barn" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. May 21, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-21.