Granite Canyon

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Granite Canyon
Grand Teton NP Granite Canyon WY1.jpg
Granite Canyon from Jackson Hole
Country United States
State Wyoming
County Teton
Source
 - coordinates 43°36′46″N 110°53′36″W / 43.61278°N 110.89333°W / 43.61278; -110.89333 [1]
Mouth Jackson Hole
 - elevation 6,699 ft (2,042 m) [1]
 - coordinates 43°37′05″N 110°49′03″W / 43.61806°N 110.81750°W / 43.61806; -110.81750Coordinates: 43°37′05″N 110°49′03″W / 43.61806°N 110.81750°W / 43.61806; -110.81750 [1]

Granite 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 canyon lies between Rendezvous Mountain to the south and Mount Hunt to the north. The trailhead for the canyon is on the Moose–Wilson Road about 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Teton Village. One of the most popular hikes from the trailhead is to Marion Lake by way of the Granite Canyon Trail which traverses the length of the canyon. Another popular hike involves riding the aerial tram located at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village to the top of Rendezvous Mountain, and then descending back to Teton Village by way of Granite Canyon. The descent from the summit of Rendezvous Peak back to Teton Village is an often steep one with an altitude loss of 4,100 feet (1,200 m).[4] The historic Upper Granite Canyon Patrol Cabin is situated near the entrance to the canyon and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.[5]

South Fork of Granite Canyon

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  1. ^ a b c "Granite Canyon". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  2. ^ Teton Village, 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. March 2010. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  5. ^ "Upper Granite Canyon Patrol Cabin". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. May 21, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-21.