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Jenny lake Professional Review and Guide
"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."
--Bill Schneider, Hiking Grand Teton National Park (Falcon Guides).
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.
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.
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.
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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