How to Visit and Mountaineer South Teton

South Teton is known as the third Jewel of the Teton Range. The mountain isn’t as famous as the Grand Teton or the Middle Teton, but it still holds value to mountaineers. The South Teton gets its name from the French Trappers of the Hudson Bay that explored the area in the 1800s. It has an elevation of 12,514 feet, which is the fifth-highest peak inside of the Teton range. The mountain offers intermediate routes up to the summit and has non-technical ways to conquer the summit. The mountain’s first ascent was in 1923.  
 
Getting to South Teton 
South Teton is in the northwest part of the Grand Teton National Park. The journey starts at the Lupine Meadows Trailhead. First, follow the trail through Garnett Canyon and take a right at the first fork. In about a mile-and-a-half, you’ll find another fork where you turn left. After you pass a couple of campgrounds, Trail will fork again to the south leading you to the Garnet Canyon saddle. The saddle is where the most popular routes for South Teton can be accessed. 
 
Popular Routes 
The standard approach for South Teton is the Northwest Couloir, and it holds a Class 4 difficulty. The approach begins by taking the couloir from the saddle between the south between South Teton and Middle Teton. The couloir ends at Summit Ridge just west of the summit. Usually, crossing steep snow is a part of the journey, but snow can be avoided late in the season by using some fourth class moves. 
 
Other notable Class 4 routes include Westridge and the North Face.  
 
Required Gear 
Conquering South Teton requires bringing rock climbing gear and snow gear.  
 
Permits 
Setting up camp while climbing South Teton is a lot of fun. Backcountry camping permits are free, but they come on a first-come, first-served basis. Mountaineers can reserve a small number of permits in advance for a small fee.