Cascade Canyon South Fork Trail

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Distance9.1mi
Elevation Gain3,074ft
Trailhead Elevation10,537ft
Top10,537ft
Elevation Min/Max7848/10537ft
Elevation Start/End10537/10537ft

Cascade Canyon South Fork Trail

Cascade Canyon South Fork Trail is a hiking trail in Teton County, Wyoming. It is within Grand Teton National Park and Jedediah Smith Wilderness Area. It is 9.1 miles long and begins at 10,537 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,074 feet. Group Camp, Horse Camp, and other camp sites, the Inspiration Point viewpoint, and the Inspiration Point (elevation 7,251 feet) cliff can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the View on Hidden fall viewpoint and the Hurricane Pass (elevation 10,600 feet) information guidepost. This trail connects with the following: Teton Crest Trail, Avalanche Divide Trail and Lake Solitude Trail.

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Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (Wilderness Press)
Andrew Dean Nystrom
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"This challenging extension of the popular Jenny Lake & Moose Ponds loop (see Trail 39, page 301) is the park’s most popular and crowded canyon trail. In summer, it’s a bottleneck of sorts, at the confluence of several major climbing and backpacking trails. Thanks to the scenic boat shuttle, it’s also one of the most beautiful and direct routes into the wild heart of the Tetons." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Grand Teton National Park - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"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." Read more
Day Hikes in Grand Teton National Park (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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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." Read more
Day Hikes in Grand Teton National Park (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"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." Read more
Day Hikes in Grand Teton National Park (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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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 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." Read more
Day Hikes in Grand Teton National Park (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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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." Read more

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6/10/2018
After the first mile, the hike gets considerably easier. You gain most of the elevation in the first mile. Beautiful views. No need to go all the way to the fork.
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8/2/2011
Trail seemed nice but we saw a bear walking down the trail towards us 1.5 in, so we turned around. Only reason giving this 3 stars was because we didn't finish it
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7/28/2008
One of the most beautiful alpine environments I've been to!
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8/15/2007
Doesn't get any better than this. Peaks of the Tetons bearing down on you as if they're about to fall on top of you. Had a picnic watching a moose nearby in the river. My 10 year old daughter thought it was a little long. I thought it was one of the best hikes of my life. Definitely a 'must do', crown jewel hike in the Tetons.
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8/15/2006
An easy, well traveled, ascent to Lake Solitude. The trail is in very good shape with loose scree in some areas. Great camping options a few miles in. For an added bonus continue on past Lake Solitude and climb the 2.4 mile, 1000ft elevation gain trail to the Paintbrush Divide. The view is worth the trip!
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7/6/2000
A hike with a little of everything - lakes, river, abundant wildlife, great view of the Grand Teton, Mt. Mt. Moran and Teewinot. The trail is in good shape - a little muddy at the Lake. It is not necessary to cross any snowfields. This was a great hike!
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Trail Information

Grand Teton National Park
Nearby City
Jedediah Smith Wilderness Area
Parks
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Waterfalls
Features
National Park Service, Park Headquarters, PO Drawer 170, Moose, WY 83012-0170, (307) 739-3309, www.nps.gov/grte
Local Contacts
NatGeo TOPO! Map (USGS): Jenny Lake
Local Maps

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Dec 2018