How to Visit and Mountaineer The Enclosure

The Enclosure is famous for its ancient circle of rocks that were designed over 10,000 years ago. It’s the second-highest peak inside of the Teton Range, with the summit rising over 13,000 feet. The climb from the valley floor is over 6,000 feet, and the mountain was first climbed in the late 1800s. The ascent features some of the most stunning views in the mountain range. Most routes to the summit of the Enclosure start at the Lupine Meadows Trailhead located just off of Teton Park Rd. The road is closed between November and May.  
 
Mountaineering Routes 
The most common rock climbing routes for the mountain are the Owen-Spalding and the Upper Exum. The Owen-Spalding can be started at the Lupine Meadows trailhead, and the Upper Exum Ridge. While the Upper Exum is longer than the Owen-Spalding route, the incredible views are well worth the journey to the summit. The climb can be accessed by taking Lupine Meadows Trailhead to the Lower Saddle. Other popular yet more challenging routes include the Enclosure Ice Couloir, the Black Ice Couloir, and Northwest Ridge.  
 
Equipment Needed to climb The Enclosure 
When mountaineering the Enclosure, it’s best to bring two 60 meter ropes, mountaineering boots, and a helmet at a minimum. Depending on the time of year, an ice ax and crampons are essential. It’s also important to come armed with a cell phone and extra clothing to keep you warm through cold weather. 
 
Required Permits 
Climbing in the Teton Range is pretty relaxed overall. Climbers hoping to camp overnight do have to get a permit. However, the permit is easy to acquire, and it is free of charge.