Day Hikes in Grand Teton National Park  by Robert Stone

Day Hikes in Grand Teton National Park Guide Book

by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)
Day Hikes in Grand Teton National Park  by Robert Stone
Day Hikes in Grand Teton National Park includes a cross-section of 72 great day hikes in this majestic park. From scenic lakeshore paths to high-elevation treks, these hikes accommodate all levels of hiking experience. Highlights include glacier-carved canyons, waterfalls, alpine lakes, meadows, hot springs, craggy peaks, hikes atop the Jackson Hole Ski Resort, and some of the best views in the park.

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Trails from the "Day Hikes in Grand Teton National Park" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 118.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 118.

The hiking-only Big Rocks Trail is a 1 .5-mile-long trail at the base of Teton Pass just west of Wilson. The trail forms a loop between the Trail Creek drainage and Black Canyon in a lush forested hillside. The footpath passes glacial erratics—rocks transported down canyon by glacial ice.
Wilson, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.7
Black Canyon is a stream-fed, forested canyon that resides on the south side of Teton Pass. The canyon is located at the head of the Snake River Range in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The Black Canyon Trail stretches 4 miles through a lush, towering forest, from the Mount Elly overlook to Sawmill Meadows near the Trail Creek trailhead. The path parallels the waterway through a mix of Douglas fir, limber pine, subalpine fir, and aspen.
Wilson, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
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Blacktail Butte is a prominent 7,688-foot butte that stands alone at the south end of Antelope Flats near Moose Junction. Glaciers flowing down the valley sculpted the oval-shaped form of this Madison limestone butte. Rising 1,100 feet above the valley floor, the butte extends nearly three miles north and south along Highway 89 and is two miles wide. Blacktail Butte has trailheads at both the north end by Moose Junction and on the southeast side near Gros Ventre Road. Both trails connect at the summit, where there are sweeping vistas of the surrounding landscape. To the north and west are views across the Jackson Hole valley to the Teton Range. To the south and east are views across the National Elk Refuge to the Gros Ventre Range.
Moose, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.8
Blacktail Butte is a large, isolated land form rising 1 ,1 00 feet from the Jackson Hole valley floor. The 7,688-foot butte lies just to the east of the Moose entrance station. From the summit are amazing 360-degree views. To the north and west are wide vistas across the expansive valley to the Teton Range. To the south and east, the views span across the National Elk Refuge to the Gros Ventre Range. In contrast to the more populated pullouts along the main park roads, the hike offers a quiet view of the beautiful scenery.
Grovont, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
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Blacktail Butte is an imposing landmass that rises up from Antelope Flats near the middle of the Jackson Hole valley just east of Moose Junction. The 7,688-foot isolated butte is easily visible after driving a few miles north of Jackson on Highway 89. The butte rises 1 ,1 00 feet from the valley floor, extending approximately three miles long and two miles across. Glaciers moving through the valley originally sculpted the oval-shaped form from Madison limestone.
Jackson Hole, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.6
Buela Lake is a beautiful 1 07-acre backcountry lake that sits at an elevation of 7,400 feet near the south end of Yellowstone National Park. The lake is surrounded by forested hills. Yellow pond lilies grow along its marshy south end, where a stream from Hering Lake feeds the lake. The outlet stream at the northwest end of Buela Lake forms the headwaters of Falls River. Access to the trailhead is through the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway and Targhee National Forest. The well-defined trail gently winds through lodgepole pines and parallels the western shoreline past two designated campsites.
Pitchstone Plateau, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
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Buela Lake is a beautiful 107-acre backcountry lake that sits at 7,400 feet near the south end of Yellowstone National Park. The lake is surrounded by forested hills. Yellow pond lilies grow along its marshy south end, where a stream from Hering Lake feeds the lake. The outlet stream at the northwest end of Buela Lake forms the headwaters of Falls River. Access to the trailhead is through the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway and Targhee National Forest. The well defined trail gently winds through lodgepole pines and parallels the western shoreline past two designated campsites.
Moran, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
The Greater Snow King Trail Network is adjacent to the town of Jackson to its southeast. The extensive and well-used trail network criss-crosses 8,000-foot Snow King Mountain and connects with trails in the surrounding drainages through Cache Creek, Game Creek, and Flat Creek, all tributaries of the Snake River. Snow King is Jackson’s original ski hill and Wyoming’s first ski area. From atop Snow King Mountain are great views of Jackson and the Teton Range, all within close proximity to the town.
Jackson, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
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This hike up to the Snow King Summit heads up the northeast slope of Snow King Mountain from Cache Creek Canyon, making a loop along the Hagen Trail and Ferrin’s Trail. The Hagen Trail meanders up the lower slope of Snow King Mountain through shaded forest and open, flower-filled meadows. Ferrin’s Trail is a partially shaded single-track path that continues up the northeast slope to a saddle at the head of the West Game Creek drainage, just below Snow King’s eastern summit. The hike returns on the Elkhorn Trail (also known as the Snow King Mountain Trail), a dirt maintenance road. The road zigzags down the face of the ski mountain, returning to a footpath in Cache Creek Canyon. Throughout the hike are great vistas of the surrounding mountains, the Teton Range, the elk preserve, the Gros Ventre Range, and the town of Jackson.
Jackson, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.8
Hurricane Pass sits at the head of the South Fork of Cascade Canyon. The pass is on the national park boundary, cresting at 10,372 feet. From this magnificent perch are awesome 360-degree vistas, including a back view of the Grand, Middle, and South Tetons; Table Mountain; Mount Moran; Battleship Mountain; Avalanche Divide; the limestone cliffs of The Wall; and the gradual slope of the west-facing Tetons. Below is a bird’s-eye view of Schoolroom Glacier, a crescent-shaped glacier with a small lake at the toe.
Moose, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 19
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Lake Solitude is a gorgeous high mountain lake at the head of the North Fork of Cascade Canyon. The 50- acre lake sits in a glacial depression at an elevation of 9,035 feet. It is ringed by scoured mountain walls in a stunning cirque. The trail climbs up the North Fork of Cascade Canyon, in the heart of the Tetons, through sub-alpine forests, talus slopes, and meadows filled with wild flowers. Throughout the hike are magnificent views of the Cathedral Group: Teewinot Mountain, Mount Owen, and Grand Teton.
Moose, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 14.5
Cascade Canyon is a U-shaped, glacial-carved canyon with a wide, expansive floor and steep, mile-high walls. The hike up this canyon is one of the most popular and beautiful hikes in Grand Teton National Park. From the west end of Jenny Lake, the trail gently climbs up the magnificent canyon along Cascade Creek. The towering peaks of the Teton Range loom above throughout the hike.
Moose, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.2
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Cascade Canyon is a U-shaped, glacial-carved canyon with a wide, expansive floor and steep, mile-high walls. The hike up the canyon is one of the most popular and beautiful hikes in Grand Teton National Park. (The farther you hike, the less crowded the trail.) From the west end of Jenny Lake, the trail gently climbs up the magnificent canyon along Cascade Creek in the shadow of the Grand Teton. The towering peaks of the Teton Range loom above throughout the hike. The hike can be shortened by taking the boat shuttle from the Jenny Lake Ranger Station to the west shore.
Jenny Lake, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.2
Cascade Creek is a short but stunning creek that connects Tillery Lake to Falls River. The trail begins in the Targhee National Forest, adjacent to Grand Teton, and heads into the remote, south end of Yellowstone National Park. The trail parallels the creek past a steady series of whitewater cascades and waterfalls en route to Terraced Falls. The falls is a six-tiered cataract on the Falls River which plunges 1 40 feet between steep volcanic columns of rock. The trail to Terraced Falls also passes a series of magnificent waterfalls and powerful whitewater cascades along both Cascade Creek and Falls River. Below the confluence of the two creeks is Cascade Acres, a segmented set of rapids dropping 30 feet over a 200-yard stretch of the creek.
Pitchstone Plateau, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.8
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Terraced Falls is a six-tiered cataract on the Falls River, plunging 140 feet between steep volcanic columns of rock. The trail to Terraced Falls also passes a series of magnificent waterfalls and powerful whitewater cascades along both Cascade Creek and Falls River. Cascade Creek is a short but stunning creek that connects Tillery Lake, just outside the national park in the Targhee National Forest, to Falls River. The trail parallels the creek past a steady series of whitewater cascades and waterfalls. Below the confluence of Cascade Creek and Falls River is Cascade Acres, a segmented set of rapids dropping 30 feet over a 200-yard stretch of the creek.
Moran, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.8
Christian Pond is a waterfowl habitat and nesting area for trumpeter swan. It is located across the park road from Jackson Lake Lodge. The gentle Christian Pond Trail circles the pond through rolling hills covered in sage and stands of lodgepole pines. Open meadows offer commanding views of the Teton Range. Bring binoculars for bird watching and wildlife observation.
Jackson Lake, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
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The Coal Creek drainage is nestled between Taylor Mountain and Mount Glory in the Jedediah Smith Wilderness. The lightly used Coal Creek Trail parallels the creek along the southern slopes of the Teton Mountains from the Idaho side of Teton Pass. The hike leads through a beautiful backcountry area to Coal Creek Meadows in an open bowl. There is a steady elevation gain all the way to the meadow.
Teton Pass, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.4
This easy and well-defined trail parallels Cottonwood Creek into two wildflower-covered meadows along the base of the Teton Range. In the first meadow is an abandoned, government-owned log structure from the old Lucas Ranch. Geraldine Lucas, who once owned the ranch, died in 1 938. In the second meadow is a large rock. Her ashes are buried beneath the rock, designated by a plaque. The views of the Tetons from both meadows are striking.
Jackson Hole, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
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Cunningham Cabin was the 1 60-acre homestead ranch of J. Pierce and Margaret Cunningham from the 1 880s. The homestead is located just south of Spread Creek in the flatlands overlooking the Snake River between Moose Junction and Moran Junction. The ranch was primarily used for grazing cattle and cultivating hay. All that remains of the historic homesite are buck-and-rail fences, foundation stones, broken posts, and depressions. The existing cabin, built in the 1 950s, is a replica of the original 1 880s cabin. The half-mile, self-guiding trail circles the cabin, foundation, and surrounding grounds.
Pitchstone Plateau, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5
Cunningham Cabin was the 160-acre homestead ranch of J. Pierce and Margaret Cunningham from the 1880s. The homestead is located just south of Spread Creek in the flatlands overlooking the Snake River between Moose Junction and Moran Junction. The ranch was primarily used for grazing cattle and cultivating hay. All that remains of the historic homesite are buck-and-rail fences, foundation stones, broken posts, and depressions. The existing cabin, built in the 1950s, is a replica of the original 1880s cabin. The half-mile, self-guiding trail circles the cabin, foundation, and surrounding grounds.
Moran, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5
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