How to Visit and Mountaineer The Jaw

As the second-highest peak surrounding Hanging Canyon in the Grand Tetons, The Jaw is a popular destination for mountaineering. The Jaw features a moderate class-3 climb offering a challenge for nearly every skill level. You will experience the climb on either rock or snow, depending on the season.  
 
The Jaw is known to be a good introduction to mountaineering in the Tetons because of its moderate intensity and its amazing views from the top. Along the way, you will encounter high-altitude lakes, gorgeous waterfalls, and a host of wildlife. With a summit of 11,400 feet, you will be rewarded with sweeping views once you complete your climb.  
 
Directions
To reach The Jaw, you need to take the trail up Hanging Canyon from either the Jenny Lake Trailhead or from the String Lake Trailhead. Jenny Lake is located approximately 24 miles north of Jackson and 10 miles north of Moose Junction. For camping, a ranger station, and a store, you will want to make your home base in the South Jenny Lake area. 
 
Required Permits and Equipment
Because The Jaw is located within the grounds of Grand Teton National Park, you will need to purchase a national parks pass or pay the $25 vehicle entrance fee. The $25 fee will allow entrance into both Grand Teton and Yellowstone for seven days. As with any mountaineering adventure, be sure to pack along solid boots, crampons, a hiking helmet, and an ice ax.