How to Visit and Mountaineer Mount Owen

Mount Owen is one of the most popular peaks in the Teton Range. While Mount Owen is almost 1,000 feet shorter than Grand Teton, the way the peak dramatically rises from the plains creates an awe-inspiring landscape. Every year, mountaineers come from all over the world for the chance to experience the incredible views. All routes up the mountain require some mountaineering and the technical difficulties range from 5.1 to 5.10.  
 
How to get to Mount Owen 
Mount Owen is inside of the Grand Teton National Park. The best way to access the peak is by starting at the popular Lupine Meadow trailhead. You can reach the trailhead by taking Highway 191 and turning on Moose Junction.   
 
The Standard Approach 
The standard approach for Mount Owen is Koven. The approach has a 5.4 difficulty that begins on the Lupine Meadow Trailhead. Early in the season snow gear is a necessity, but the snow usually melts later in the summer. Other popular routes include East Ridge and Serendipity Arete. These routes are a little more challenging with 5.6 and 5.7 difficulties, but they are still manageable.  
 
Basic Requirements 
The summer is the best time to casually mountaineer Mount Owen. The range of difficulty during the summer ranges from beginner to intermediate. Outside of summer Mount Owen accumulates snow and ice, making the journey up the mountain more difficult. The basic gear needed to conquer Mount Owen includes a harness, a helmet, rope, climbing shoes, a carabiner, nuts, and a descender. It’s also important to bring snow gear to ensure you’re safe. 
 
Permits 
Climbers need to gain a permit if they plan on staying in the Grand Teton National Park overnight. The permit is free, but it’s important to note that the park allows no camping on the lakes. The best camping point for Mount Owen is in the saddle between Disappointment Peak and Point 9,967.