Teton Crest Trail Itinerary


New Member
Feb 11, 2019

I will be doing the Teton Crest Trail this August for the first time. We just secured permits today and will be doing a 4 day, 3 night trip with campsites on the Death Canyon Shelf (Night 1), South Forks (Night 2), and Lower Paintbrush (Night 3).

My question: Is it feasible to make the trek from South Fork to Lower Paintbrush in a day? (Our preferred sites of Holly Lake or Upper Paintbrush were all unavailable). Or should we try to snag walk-up permits instead?

For reference, our group is young and in good shape. However, we will be coming from the Midwest and plan on arriving a couple days early to get acclimatized.

Thanks in advance!


New Member
Mar 15, 2019
I saw your post when I was about to post my own question. I will be hiking the TCT in August as well, towards the end of the month. Also for the first time. I am afraid that I don't have much wisdom to share. We will be 4 nights. I am hoping to start at the Coal Creek trailhead off of Rt 22 and reach the TCT that way. I would be interested in how you are arranging transportation, especially at the end of the hike.


New Member
Feb 11, 2019
Just finished the TCT this past week. We used Old West Transportation to schedule a pick-up from the Jenny Lake Visitor Center after completing the hike. It ended up costing $110 from the visitor center back to Teton Village. I cannot recommend them enough. The driver was friendly, knowledgeable, and most importantly on time. Some of the other airport shuttle companies that we called seemed pretty sketchy. Hope your trip goes well!


Dec 11, 2015
To answer your question, yes it is feasible. It's a long day but doable, as long as no one in your party is suffering from the altitude, which is impossible to predict.

@Papathedoc Hitchhiking is ridiculously easy in the Jackson area, may be an option for going where ever you need to go.
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