Pathfinder | 131 pts
This is the most popular trail in the Jed Smith Wilderness, on the west side of the Tetons. The round trip to the summit, about 13 miles altogether, can be done in a day, but I'd recommend camping for a few days just below the switchbacks that lead to the summit ridge, where there are plenty of tent sites and a spring. From there you can do a day hike to the summit (another 1.5 miles and 1500 vertical feet), or to many lakes and ridges in the vicinity. The hike up winds through meadows, with waterfalls and the occasional view across the valley to the Sawtooths. From the ridge the views are spectacular in all directions: the Grand Teton and Mt Owens to the east, the Sawtooths to the west, and endless peaks north and south. From the summit plateau (c.11500 ft) you look across Alaska Basin to the Grand - a sight you'll never forget. Though overnight camping is light, be prepared for plenty of company on the main route if the weather's good. In a week-long base camp trip, we saw elk and deer occasionally and signs of a griz. Bring a camera for the marvelous vistas!