Best Easy Day Hikes Grand Teton National Park - 4th Edition  by Bill Schneider

Best Easy Day Hikes: Grand Teton National Park - 4th Edition Guide Book

by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)
Best Easy Day Hikes Grand Teton National Park - 4th Edition  by Bill Schneider
Best Easy Day Hikes Grand Teton National Park includes concise descriptions to the best short hikes in the park. With detailed maps of the routes and thorough descriptions of the hikes, this book is perfect for families and individuals looking to explore one of America’s best parks.

© 2018 Bill Schneider/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Best Easy Day Hikes: Grand Teton National Park - 4th Edition" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 24.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 24.

Bradley Lake, like Taggart Lake, was named for a member of the 1872 Hayden Expedition and, also like Taggart Lake, is one of the most accessible and popular short day hikes in the park. The first 0.2 mile of the Taggart Lake Trail to the first junction is double wide and flat and goes through a sagebrush-dotted meadow. At the junction, go right (north); the trail becomes singletrack and goes past some minor development and on to Taggart Creek, which you cross on a sturdy footbridge. After the creek the trail climbs gradually up to the top of a moraine, where you get consistently good views of the Teton Range, including Grand Teton. This section of the trail also goes through a 1996 forest-fire burn, so you can observe how the forest regenerates itself.
Grand Teton National Park, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.9
The mouth of Cascade Canyon around Hidden Falls is perhaps the most heavily used spot in Grand Teton National Park. Thousands of park visitors take the scenic boat ride across Jenny Lake and mill around the falls and Inspiration Point for a while and then return. The area shows the wear and tear of this heavy use, but there’s a reason for it: The falls are spectacular, and you definitely can get inspired on Inspiration Point. Most visitors to Hidden Falls and Hidden Falls Overlook do not take the scenic hike up Cascade Canyon, so once you’ve gone past the Inspiration Point trail, the traffic thins out dramatically.
Grand Teton National Park, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.8
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Christian Pond is a small lake mostly covered with pond lilies and other vegetation. It usually hosts nesting trumpeter swans that you can view from a safely distanced overlook. To get there, take the very heavily used trail from the corral toward the highway underpass. Large trail-riding groups regularly leave from here, so plan on seeing lots of horses and being careful where you step. The trail immediately goes under the highway underpass, and just past it you reach a trail junction. No camping allowed on this route.
Grand Teton National Park, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
Most people don’t think about this section of Grand Teton National Park, so plan on having Glade Creek and most of the north-trails section mostly to yourself. This hike actually starts outside of the park in the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway, a 24,000-acre slice of wilderness sandwiched between Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. It’s just as undeveloped as the parks—in fact, it is more wild than some parts of the parks. The trailhead sign says that it’s 3.5 miles to the park boundary, but it seems shorter.
Grand Teton National Park, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
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This is a wonderful short hike, but you have a serious hill to climb to earn the spectacular view from Grand View Point. From the top of 7,586-foot Grand View Point, you have the view you expect, an outstanding look at Mount Moran and the rest of the mighty Teton Range off to the west, although this is partially obscured by trees. However, to my surprise, you also get a terrific sweeping vista of Two Ocean Lake, the lush meadows surrounding this huge mountain lake, and the Teton Wilderness in the background.
Grand Teton National Park, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
The Hermitage Point area is a confusing labyrinth of trails. After hiking all of them, I recommend this route as among the best hikes in the park. This is essentially an extended version of the Swan Lake and Heron Pond hike. Be sure to take a map and closely watch the directional signs along the route. There are lots of junctions along this short loop, and if you’re enjoying the scenery too thoroughly (which would be easy), you might get on the wrong trail.
Grand Teton National Park, WY - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 9.4
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Hidden Falls is one of those must-see spots in Grand Teton, and it seems, almost everybody does see it. If you go in mid-morning or in the afternoon, the trail might seem like a crowded subway. If you go in early morning, catching the first boat at 7 a.m., though, you might have the spectacular waterfall all to yourself. After unloading from the shuttle boat, a short trail leads up to the trail that encompasses Jenny Lake. Go straight at this junction, across that mail trail, following the signage to Hidden Falls. Just before the falls, a trail veers off to the right to Lower Inspiration Point, a nice side trip if you are interested.
Grand Teton National Park, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
The Inspiration Point Trail is not quite as crowded as the hike to Hidden Falls, but close to it. Again, the best time to see it without rubbing elbows with a lot of other hikers is early in the morning. When you get to the west side boat dock, go up to the main trail that encompasses Jenny Lake, only a few steps from the boat dock, and turn right (north). Go about a half-mile to the main trail up Cascade Canyon (still called Horse Bypass Trail on some old maps).
Grand Teton National Park, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.6
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There aren’t many hikes of this distance that follow the shoreline of a beautiful lake the entire way. This makes the Jenny Lake Loop hike one of the most popular in Grand Teton National Park. You can start at either South Jenny Lake or the String Lake Trailhead at the north end of Jenny Lake. This trail description follows the counterclockwise route starting from the String Lake Trailhead. This allows you to hike the more remote west side of the lake in the morning hours, stop for a snack at the South Jenny Lake general store, visit a visitor center without driving to it, and enjoy a scenic walk along the more developed, but more scenic, east shore after lunch.
Grand Teton National Park, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.7
This hike is a great choice for an evening or early morningstroll, especially for campers staying in the Colter Bay area or for families with kids. The kids can help fill up Jackson Lake by throwing countless stones into it. The trail circles the island (actually a small peninsula in Colter Bay), staying close to the water most of the way. Several beach areas invite you to stop and soak in the scenery of the Teton Range, especially Mount Moran, across the vast surface of Jackson Lake.
Grand Teton National Park, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
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Although Leigh Lake is a nice hike in July, August, and September, it’s also a good choice for May or June. The snow leaves this area much sooner than the high country. The scenery is unbeatable with Mount Moran and Rockchuck Peak looming above Leigh Lake and the narrow Paintbrush and Leigh Canyons slicing into the Teton Range above the west shore on each side of Mount Woodring, the high peak between Moran and Rockchuck. The trail is in terrific shape (often double wide), and sandy beaches provide inviting rest spots along both String Lake and Leigh Lake. In addition to being one of the best day hikes in the park, Leigh Lake also provides a wonderful choice for an easy overnighter, ideal for the beginning backpacker or a family with children wanting to experience that first night in the wilderness.
Grand Teton National Park, WY - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 5.6
If you’re looking for a short walk after dinner or in the early morning during your stay at Jackson Lake Lodge, you couldn’t do much better than this hike. You get a chance to see rare trumpeter swans nesting on Christian Pond, study the great Oxbow Bend of the Snake River, and enjoy a view of massive Emma Matilda Lake from Lookout Rock. You can often see pelicans and swans floating on the lake, even from a great distance. You also get a good view of Jackson Lake and Donoho Point Island, with the Teton Range as a dramatic backdrop.
Grand Teton National Park, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.8
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The Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve (LSR Preserve) has a small maze of trails that connect with the north-south running Valley Trail on the east slope of the Teton Range. Combine the LSR Preserve trails with the park’s long-established trails, and you can make an amazing loop hike. From the trailhead on the west side of the LSR Interpretive Center, go 0.1 mile, past two great viewpoints, to a fork in the trail. You can take this route either clockwise or counterclockwise, but this description follows the clockwise option, so turn left (southwest) here.
Grand Teton National Park, WY - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 9
The Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve (LSR Preserve) has a small but expertly designed system of trails that connect with long-established trails outside the preserve in the park, providing hikers with several options for loop hikes. I’ve included two—one short and one long—in this book, but you can easily modify these routes to fit with your ambitions for the day. The LSR Preserve officially opened to the public in June 2008, and it’s all about returning what had previously been private land to the American people and restoring wild nature to the greatest extent possible while allowing all of us the opportunity to experience it.
Grand Teton National Park, WY - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 3
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This short hike starts right on the incredibly scenic deck of Jackson Lake Lodge, which overlooks the expansive lake by the same name, with Mount Moran as a backdrop. It’s a steep but only half-mile uphill to the interpretive displays on top of the hill. If the hike isn’t long enough, you can continue walking north on the ridge on an excellent social trail for about another mile, which would make this a 3-mile round-trip.
Grand Teton National Park, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
The area around South Jenny Lake is heavily developed—and a bit confusing to the first-time visitor. Fortunately, if necessary, you can get your questions answered at the visitor center. From the visitor center, start following the trail around the south edge of Jenny Lake. You immediately cross over Cottonwood Creek (outlet to Jenny Lake), along the north edge of a road, and pass the boat-launching area before getting to what looks like a real trail (Jenny Lake Trail). Follow this trail for less than a half-mile to the junction with the Moose Ponds Trail, which is on top of a glacial moraine at the south end of Jenny Lake.
Grand Teton National Park, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.6
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Phelps Lake, a low-elevation lake, is one of the most popular destinations in the park. It’s an easy day outing, but also an ideal place for the new backpacker to try that first night in the wilderness. Phelps Lake is on the Valley Trail, which goes from Teton Village to the Lupine Meadows Trailhead. You can reach it from several trailheads, but the shortest, most popular route starts at the Death Canyon Trailhead (called Whitegrass Trailhead on some maps and signs).
Grand Teton National Park, WY - Fishing,Hiking - Trail Length: 4
This is the only official hike in this part of the park. From the top of Signal Mountain, you get a panoramic view of the entire valley—Jackson Lake and the Teton Range to the west and the Oxbow Bend of the Snake River to the north. Yes, you can drive to the top of Signal Mountain on a paved road, but you miss out on a great hike and some exercise if you do. From the lodge area, carefully walk across the highway to the trail. From here you climb gradually to the junction with the loop trail, which is 0.3 mile after crossing (again, carefully) paved Signal Mountain Road.
Grand Teton National Park, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.4
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Short hikes really don’t get much nicer than this one, a mostly flat loop around a gorgeous mountain lake in the shadow of the high peaks. It’s also a good choice for an early-season hike because the snow usually leaves the area long before it gives up the high country. The first 0.3 mile of the String Lake Trail is wheelchair accessible, with magnificent views of the Teton Range over placid String Lake. After passing by the picnic area and parking lot, the trail is no longer wheelchair accessible but is still double wide and in terrific shape, with more sandy beaches and outstanding views. The Jenny Lake Moraine horse trail comes in from the east.
Grand Teton National Park, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
This is one of the most popular hikes in the park, so expect to see lots of people on the trail and a large parking lot full of vehicles at the trailhead. From Lupine Meadows, the first 0.5 mile of the Valley Trail goes through mature forest with nice views of Grand Teton off to the right and then climbs up a ridge to the junction with the trail to Garnet Canyon. Turn right (west) here and start a series of switchbacks up to the lakes. At several points you get sweeping views of Bradley and Taggart Lakes to the southeast and Jenny lake to the northeast, as well as the rest of the valley floor.
Grand Teton National Park, WY - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 9.6
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