Death Canyon Shelf

April 28, 2011 ·

Miles Hecker

Death Canyon Shelf Sunset

Death Canyon Sunset

© Miles Hecker


Death Canyon shelf is not a spot that most people have heard of. The reason for that is simple, it’s a long way off the beaten path. It is in fact a 10 mile hike from the nearest trailhead on the Wyoming or Idaho side of the Tetons. It is a somewhat barren shelf with a spectacular view of the southwest side of the Tetons. The wild flowers, while not quite as spectacular as the Sunset Lake area can really be delightful the first week in August.

If you enjoy solitude and majestic views, plan a backpacking trip to Death Canyon shelf the first week in August. It is in the Grand Teton NP so a backcountry camping permit is needed. Apply for one the day before you leave at the permit cabin at Jenny Lake.


Sunrise or sunset can work lightwise. It depends more on the cloud cover then anything else. The above shot was taken at a 120mm equivalent focal length on a crop sensor camera.


LENS: 28-200mm for 35mm camera, 17-130mm for crop sensor cameras

FILTERS: none needed


Slide films: Velvia 100 or Kodak E100SW


About Miles Hecker

Miles has been involved with photography for over forty years. He teaches digital photography at Casper College in Casper,Wyoming. His photos have won awards fromNatures Best magazine,, The Luminous LandscapeandWyoming WIldlife . Miles’ photos have been published in American Vignette, Backpacker Magazine, Natures Best Images, Popular Photography, Wyoming Audubon, and Wyoming Wildlife. He is co-founder ofWyoFOTO LLC.

                                                                                                                                                            April, 2011

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