Jenny Lake

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming 83012

Jenny Lake

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

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Hiking Grand Teton National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"A loop hike around the shoreline of a centerpiece of Grand Teton National Park. 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 Hidden 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 the heavy use. The falls are spectacular, and you definitely can get inspired from Inspiration Point. Most visitors to Hidden Falls do not take the scenic hike up Cascade Canyon, so once you’ve gone past Inspiration Point, the traffic thins out dramatically." Read more

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8/7/2018
Gorgeous loop trail -- it is crowded for sure, but it is sheer perfection, one of the must-do hikes in the Grand Tetons. From beginning to end the scenery is fabulous. The hike itself is so mesmerizing and mild it feels quite easy. It is at the very least on the easier side of moderate. Views of the lake and the peaks are stunning!
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8/26/2008
Excellent trail. Fantastic scenery. The main drawback is that it was very crowded. However, once you get to the North Fork of the trail the day hikers disappear. Incredible and very isolated backcountry campsites.
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6/22/2007
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8/29/2006
What an awesome hike. Went up to the Forks and had lunch on a perfect day: clear, sunny, mild temps. This is not just a destination hike to a waterfall or a high point. Rather, one is immersed in granduer from start to finish. From the first step off the boat, the trail leads by a roaring creek up a short distance to Hidden Falls (aptly named). Then it crosses the footbridge and begins the 300 ft climb up to Inspiration Point on a jagged trail blasted into the rock face. For the next 4 miles up to the Forks, the trail is uniformly graded and easy to walk, free of the normal clutter of rocks and roots. The crowd drops about 80% as well past the Point. After the 1st mile through forest, the trail opens up to a spectacular valley with gentle stream, cool ponds (and moose!) and the mountails rising 4,000 feet on both sides. The trail gets its name from the awesome cascades that tumble from the snow fields high on Grand Teton into the valley. Just before reaching the Forks, the trail crosses another footbridge, then climbs another 200 ft to a cool lunch spot by a lovely cascade. If you have time to do only one trail in the park, this is the one.
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8/14/2006
One of the most beautiful hikes I have ever taken, a short hike up to Hidden Falls then Inspiration point both are must sees then a short 3.3 miles to the Cascade Canyon fork. The hike is moderate but the beauty is breath taking. round trip is as much as you want to make it, we did about 14 miles r/t using the ferry to start our hike made it more fun in the mountain.
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7/15/2005
Did this as part of a nice 26-mile run from Jenny to Phelps (the long way), and then the next day in a 20-mile run (Paintbrush Loop). Ice axes NOT needed on any divides. Bull moose, flowers are burning up and peaked below 7500' except in frank riparian zones. Good running.
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9/17/2004
This trail seemed more like a highway due to the large number of people we encountered. The hike is well worth the crowd. The Tetons summit to your right as you climb up the trail with meadows and a small river (which cascades to a waterfall near Inspiration point). We spotted a Moose just twenty yards off the trail. I would take the lake shuttle though. The hike around the lake is nothing compared to the climb up the mountain. Brave the people and take this trail.
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9/20/2003
Well maintained trail throughout, no chance or fear of getting lost in this wilderness, but a moose right next to the trail, stunning views, wild flowers. This hike was easier than anticipate, but still a good daytrip to beautiful Lake Solitude. Plan on overnight for up and over Paintbrush divide, well worth it. Be sure if going up Cascade to bring water, and leave before teh ferryies begin to come by, and you wont be sorry. 5 star. will do it again. Scott Madison, WI
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8/19/2002
Cascade canyon trail is an easy hike with spectacular views of the north side of the Grand Teaton, Owen and Tewonot. There is an abundance of wild life. I saw moose, black bear, marmot and eagles while on the trail.
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7/8/2001
If you are looking for rushing mountain streams, beautiful waterfalls, and some of the most scenic views in the country, this is your place. You can make this hike just about as short as you want, and you'll still be rewarded with wonderful sights. I do recommend the full trail, though, for those who are so inclined. This valley is a paradise, with so much beauty you won't know where to look. The further you go, the more strenuous the hike is, but don't be discouraged. Viewing the Tetons from the land is one thing, but it is nothing compared to viewing the land from the Tetons. And hey, the way back is all downhill.
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Trail Information

Grand Teton National Park
Nearby City
7.7
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Views
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
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Dec 2018