Jenny Lake

Moose, Wyoming

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A beautiful, small lake in the shadow of the Tetons. Bring your camera and fishing gear. Be aware of winds and waves, sometimes strong and developing quickly. Prevailing southwest winds can funnel through Cascade Canyon. Attractions include rocky shoreline and bottom, bird watching, hiking, and fishing. Most of the lakes in this area, including Jenny Lake, were created by the gouging and scouring of glaciers tens of thousands of years ago. The first part of this 5-mile clockwise paddle of Jenny Lake’s shoreline takes you along the base of the mountains to the mouth of Cascade Canyon, the best example of the glaciated valley found throughout this range. A mass of ice more than 1,000 feet thick once flowed down this canyon, eventually pushing its pile of debris across from where you are now paddling and coming to a rest just to the east, where it left the high rim of land that forms the east shore of the lake.

Jenny Lake Professional Review and Guide

"A beautiful, small lake in the shadow of the Tetons. Bring your camera and fishing gear. Be aware of winds and waves, sometimes strong and developing quickly. Prevailing southwest winds can funnel through Cascade Canyon. Attractions include rocky shoreline and bottom, bird watching, hiking, and fishing.

Most of the lakes in this area, including Jenny Lake, were created by the gouging and scouring of glaciers tens of thousands of years ago. The first part of this 5-mile clockwise paddle of Jenny Lake’s shoreline takes you along the base of the mountains to the mouth of Cascade Canyon, the best example of the glaciated valley found throughout this range. A mass of ice more than 1,000 feet thick once flowed down this canyon, eventually pushing its pile of debris across from where you are now paddling and coming to a rest just to the east, where it left the high rim of land that forms the east shore of the lake."

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Moose
Distance: 5
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 - 3 hours
Season: June through September
Local Contacts: Grand Teton National Park, 307-739-3399
Local Maps: USGS Jenny Lake and Moose
Driving Directions: Directions to Jenny Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

8/8/2008
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I can't speak to the trail around the lake, since we took the boat ride across. However, we did take the trail to Hidden Falls and on up to Inspiration Point. Quite inspiring! It's a gorgeous view and a fair accomplishment to get that far. We continued on up the canyon, which was far easier than I had imagined. It was a glorious hike along a rushing river, with the glowing walls of the canyon rising up all around. Our goal was the paatrol cabin. The guide book did not make clear, however, that in order to find the patrol cabin, we had to make a right turn at a wide spot in the trail after climbing up out of the canyon. Fortunately, we didn't stray too far out of the way, and were rewarded with sightings of moose browsing in the woods along the trail. Lunch on the porch of the patrol cabin was shared with a couple of park rangers heading out to check on a trail crew. A very informative meal. Before returning to Inspiration Point, we stopped to cool hot feet in the river and watch a moose browse the far bank. Great fun and a lovely trail.



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May 2018