Alaska Basin, Grand Teton National Park Hiking

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Alaska Basin

Hiking the Alaska Basin in the Tetons is an experience not to be missed, with the glacial valley surrounded by towering peaks, dotted with beautiful lakes and plenty of wildlife.

  • Hiking the Tetons is an amazing and scenic experience
  • The Alaska Basin Trail is 14 miles of moderate to strenuous hiking
  • Elevation gain is 2,630 feet
  • Trailhead is outside of Alta, Wyoming
  • Don’t forget your overnight backcountry permit
  • Enjoy the alpine lakes and conifer forests


The Alaska Basin Trail, within the Tetons, is located a high alpine area resembling the open tundras of Alaska. Lovely small lakes can be found in this glacial basin as well as conifers and aspens. This long trail means an overnight backpacking trip to really enjoy this wilderness area in all its glory.


From Jackson, Wyoming, drive to Driggs, Idaho, turning onto Ski Hill Road and passing through Alta, Wyoming. Once through Alta, drive for a mile and take a right on Teton Canyon Road. You will come to the trailhead right after you cross two single-lane bridges.


  • Distance – 14 miles
  • Average Time of Hike – 8 hours
  • Elevation Gain – 2,630 feet
  • Difficulty – Moderate to strenuous
  • Trail Type – Out and back

Plan & Prepare

Prepare for your adventure by careful planning. The alpine terrain can be challenging to even the hardiest hikers. If spending the night, you will need to get a backcountry permit. Ensure you are ready for any change in weather. Remember, there is still snow in the higher elevations well into August at times.

Bears frequent the Alaska Basin and Teton area. Learn what to do if encountering a bear on your hike or while camping. Bring along bear canisters to store your food and scented items.