June 8, 2010
A temporary closure of the trail to Garnet Canyon and Surprise & Amphitheater Lakes will be in place from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday, June 10, beginning at the junction with the Valley Trail and continuing to higher elevations. The temporary closure is necessary to allow for the removal of a large boulder that tumbled downhill and lodged on the slope above a spot on the trail called Three-mile Junction.
Grand Teton National Park’s trail crew will remove the boulder from its perch and reopen the trail by Thursday afternoon, barring any unforeseen circumstances.
Hikers intending to use the Lupine Meadows trailhead to reach Garnet Canyon or Surprise and Amphitheater lakes should either make alternate plans for the day or plan to start their hike at noon.
The trail will be signed as closed to public entry, and park staff will be stationed to reroute hikers during the temporary trail closure.
Springtime snowmelt and ground thaw often cause rock slides and sloughs on the steep slopes of the Teton Range. Debris slides and dislodged boulders require early season trail work that may include occasional trail closures to ensure the safety of backcountry hikers.
To learn about current trail conditions throughout Grand Teton National Park, visit online at http://www.tetonclimbingcany.blogspot.com/.