Grand Teton National Park is home to the second-highest peak in Wyoming. Grand Teton National Park hikes are an ideal place for mountaineering. There are hikes for every level of skill and adventure. This park has everything you need, from canyons to glacial lakes to snowy peaks. You can even stay for a few days.
Grand Teton National Park offers camping and lodging facilities in the form of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort or Signal Mountain Lodge. Reservations are required for both the lodge and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. You can ski in the Rocky Mountain Teton Range from Jackson Hole Resort.
The Cascade Canyon Jenny Loop Trail
Cascade Canyon is a popular hike in Grand Teton National Park. There are many trails to choose from. The Jenny Lake Trail is the mother trail, connecting you to other courses. The Jenny Loop Trail has an 8-mile length and 623 feet elevation gain.
You will need to go to Jenny Lake Visitors Center to get to the trailhead. Or you can travel via Moose Junction. You can take the Jenny Lake Loop Trail from Jenny Lake Visitor Center to the south end and continue to Cascade Canyon Trailhead.
You’ll see stunning views from Jenny Lake overlook along the way and maybe even some water animals. If you are a nature photographer, the trail is flat.
The Jenny Lake shuttle can be taken across the lake to the trailhead, or you can stop for a picnic with scenic views. The shuttle costs $10 for one-way travel or $18 per trip. There are three additional hikes that you can do from the Jenny Loop Trail. You can make Hidden Falls, Inspiration Point, Forks of Cascade Canyon, or all three.
You must camp out if you plan to hike all three trails. To camp, you will need a permit for the backcountry. This can be obtained at the ranger station.
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Forks of Cascade Canyon Trail
Forks of Cascade Canyon is a great hike to get your heart pumping. The walk is 14.6 miles round trip. The Forks can be found at the junction of the Jenny Lake Loop, where the canyon’s north and south forks meet.
When you reach the junction, you have two options: climbing to Hurricane Pass or heading toward Lake Solitude. As the names suggest, one is meant for adventuring, while the other is for walking and thinking.
Forks Trail is famous for its stunning views of high peaks which look like spires. Perch’s Pond is a charming little pond that can be used as a stop-and-go snack spot. This trail might be home to curious moose. A boat shuttle can make the hike shorter across Jenny Lake.
You can cut 4 miles by taking the shuttle. You can climb to Forks at an elevation of 2040 feet.
Hidden Falls Trail
Hidden Falls Trail is a moderate trail, which is a 5-mile out-and-back loop. The Jenny Loop Trail is the starting point for the Hidden Falls Trail. You could take the shuttle across Lake Jenny and reduce your hike to one mile if tight. This trail has an elevation gain of 550 feet.
This trail is very popular and well-maintained. You will see stunning waterfalls and Jenny Lake, formed from a glacier. Jenny Lake is the second largest lake within the park. Hidden Falls Trail will take you to the bottom of the waterfalls and back via the boat dock.
Bear spray is a must, as bears can be seen in the area looking for berries.
The beautiful hike to Inspiration point can be pretty tricky for inexperienced hikers. The trip is 5.8 miles around. It can be reduced by using the lake shuttle for hiking 2.2 miles.
This is a famous trial for families, and it’s easy to do. It’s worth the crowds for the spectacular view at the finish.
It is important to remember that climbing to Inspiration Point can become slippery, muddy, and snowy. Trekking points may be helpful.
Shwabackers Landing is a great place to photograph if you are a photographer. This trail is a short 1.3-mile hike with only 15 feet of elevation gain.
It’s easy to hike with your camera gear. This trail is not just for photographers. It’s open to everyone. Shwabackers landing is great for families because it’s a short hike that is easy enough for children to do.
The trailhead is at Schwabacher Landing, which can be found off Highway 91 on Scwabacker Road. You can park your car in the parking lot and then go on a flat hike. There are beaver ponds and a dam for beavers and other wildlife along the route.
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Taggart Lake Trailhead
This 3.5-mile trail is very popular with families and people who prefer walks to hike. The elevation gain on this Teton trail is 384 feet. There are steep climbs and gentle drops. To reach the Taggart Lake Trailhead, you can enter Grand Teton National Park via the Moose Entrance Station. From there, travel north for approximately 2 miles.