Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Central Missouri
We stayed at the KOA campground just west of Moran, then trailered in to the Teton trail heads. It is too far from Turpin Meadows to the Teton trail heads to ride in. We rode out of Turpin Meadows a couple of days. I was not impressed with the riding out of there. Not very scenic, as compared to riding the trails up the center Teton mountain(the Grand Teton). The water falls and glaziers where absolutely breath taking.
That is the highest we have ever been on horseback. The peak is about 13,700. We went up to just under 12,500 ft. We would have gone on up another 500 feet, but were turned back by a nasty blizzard. Yes, in mid August we had a blizzard. Got 6 to 8 inches of snow on the top and 2 to 3 inches at the trail heads. The snow in the trail heads melted quick, but the upper elevation passes were blocked for several days. One thing you don't do, is ride thru the snow, not knowing how deep it is, or what is below it. You just might be riding over a snow bridged canyon. So, we spent a couple of days riding out of Turpin Meadows. There were enough hikers going thru the snow, that we felt save in riding thru it too. Hurricane pass is appropriately named. It peaks at about 13,000 ft. And is surrounded by glaziers and a lot of new snow. The trail up to Hurricane pass is not for the faint of heart. The trail switchbacks up a mountain side that is nothing but shale with water running under all of it. And on some of the switchbacks your horse's head and neck are over 1000's of feet of air(straight down).
If you going to ride the Grand Teton, you need to research the trails and make sure both your horse and you are fit for the ride. It is no place for out of condition mammals of any type. It is a must see ride, but with caution.