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17 Best Hikes in Grand Teton National Park

 

17 BEST HIKES IN GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK
(with MAPS and PHOTOS)

 

Whether you like leisurely short and easy hikes, or challenging trails, here is a downright list of 17 best hikes in Grand Teton National Park where you are guaranteed to see wildlife and breathtaking scenery.

 

 

BEST HIKES IN GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK

 

1. BEARPAW AND TRAPPER LAKES TRAIL – Best Hike in the Grand Teton Along Beautiful Lakes

2. JENNY LAKE LOOP TRAIL  – Classic Grand Teton Hike that Needs to be on Your List 

3. BEAVER CREEK AND TAGGART LAKE LOOP TRAIL – A Great Easy Hike with One of the Best Views in the Grand Teton

4. PHELPS LAKE LOOP TRAIL – Top Hike in Grand Teton NP that Goes Through Part of Lawrence S. Rockeffeler Preserve

5. DEATH CANYON TRAIL TO PATROL CABIN – One of My Favorite Best Hikes in Grand Teton with Incredible Surrounding Mountain Scenery

6. ALASKA BASIN TRAIL  TO STATIC PEAK DIVIDE TRAIL – Challenging Hike, Albeit, It Is a Top Hike in Grand Teton with Some Incredible Views

7. CASCADE CANYON TRAIL – Hands Down, One of the Best Hikes in Grand Teton National Park 

8. TWO OCEAN LAKE LOOP TRAIL – Peaceful and Easy Hike Around Two Ocean Lake

9. PHELPS LAKE OVERLOOK TRAIL – One of Best Easy Top Hikes in Grand Teton National Park

10. SURPRISE LAKE AND AMPHITHEATER LAKE TRAIL – Challenging Hike with Stunning Views of Alpine Lakes

11. HERMITAGE POINT TRAIL – My Favorite Top Hike with Unsurpassed Views of the Grand Tetons 

12. PAINTBRUSH CANYON TRAIL AND PAINTBRUSH DIVIDE – Top Hike in Grand Teton that Offers Absolutely Stunning Scenery Along the Way

13. MARION LAKE LOOP TRAIL VIA AERIAL TRAM – Fun Hike in the Grand Teton via Aerial Tram

14. STRING LAKE LOOP TRAIL – Easy Hike in Grand Teton that Offers Breathtaking Scenery

15. STRING, LEIGH, BEARPAW, AND TRAPPER LAKES LOOP TRAIL – Super Cool Hike that Makes a Loop Around Alpine Lakes 

16. BEAVER CREEK, TAGGART LAKE, AND BRADLEY LAKE LOOP TRAIL – Great Moderate Top Hike with the Best Views in Grand Teton

17. CASCADE CANYON TRAIL TO LAKE SOLITUDE – Awesome Hike in Grand Teton through Cascade Canyon to Glacial Moraine of Lake Solitude

 

 

 

GRAND TETON HIKING TRAILS MAP

 

Grand Teton National Park is located in Wyoming, at the southern gateway to Yellowstone National Park.

Following is Grand Teton hiking trails map to help you locate my recommended best easy hiking Grand Teton has to offer:

 



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  1. 42-Mile Scenic Drive in Grand Teton National Park
  2. 11 Easy Hikes in Grand Teton National Park (with MAPS and PHOTOS)
  3. 11 Best Things to Do in Grand Teton National Park
  4. Where to Stay in Grand Teton National Park (with Prices for Every Budget)
  5. Best Photography Locations in Grand Teton National Park (with MAPS and PHOTOS)
  6. Best Places to Photograph Wildlife in Grand Teton National Park

 

 

NUMBER 1

BEARPAW AND TRAPPER LAKES TRAIL –

BEST HIKE IN THE GRAND TETON ALONG BEAUTIFUL LAKES

 

Map of Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes Trail in Grand Teton National Park
Map of Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes Trail in Grand Teton National Park

Image Credit: National Park Service

  • Roundtrip Distance: 10 miles
  • Trail Location: Leigh Lake Trailhead
  • Time: 5 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate

The trail leading to Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes is a beautiful hike with breathing and ever changing scenery. First, the trail goes along String Lake, then Leigh Lake and finally Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes. It is longer hike, however there is little elevation change on this hike making it enjoyable and relaxing.

My recommendation is to start early in the morning, so that you can see the stunning Grand Tetons reflecting in the waters of all of these lakes.

 

HOW TO GET TO BEARPAW AND TRAPPER LAKES TRAIL

 

The trail to Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes starts at the Leigh Lake Trailhead.

To get the Leigh Lake Trailhead, turn west off Teton Park Road at the North Jenny Lake Junction. The North Jenny Lake Junction is located about 10.6 miles from the Moose Junction and 10 miles south of the Jackson Lake Junction.

Once you turn off Teton Park Road, continue driving for about 1.4 miles until you reach the turn-off for the String Lake Trailhead. Next, turn right and continue for no more that 0.4 miles until you reach the Leigh Lake Trailhead.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BEARPAW AND TRAPPER LAKES TRAIL

 

Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes Trail in Grand Teton National Park
Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes Trail in Grand Teton National Park.

 

The trail begins at the Leigh Lake Trailhead and starts going along the eastern shore of Lake String and heads north.

Right from the very beginning, you will start enjoying the awesome views of the Cathedral Group. 

 

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WHAT IS THE CATHEDRAL GROUP IN GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK

The Cathedral Group is Grand Teton National Park includes eight of the ten tallest peaks in the Teton Range. These are all classic alpine peaks with pyramidal shapes formed by glacial motion.

The Cathedral Group includes:

  • Grand Teton (13,770)
  • Mount Owen (12,928)
  • Middle Teton (12,804)
  • South Teton (12,514)
  • Teewinot Mountain (12,325)
  • Teepee Pillar (12,267)
  • Cloudveil Dome (12,026)
  • and, Buck Mountain (11,938)

In my opinion, the best spot to view the Cathedral Group is at the Cathedral Group Turnout (north of Jenny Lake).

 

 

Now, if you look to your right, you will be able to get a nice view of Mount Moran standing at 12,605 feet.

For about 0.9 miles, you will be hiking along String Lake. Be on the lookout for a few of the interpretative signs that explain how glaciation created the chain of lakes below the Teton Range.

At about 0.9 from the trailhead, you will reach a junction. Continue straight ahead. You will be going north alongside the eastern shore of Leigh Lake. Keep in mind that if you turn left at the junction, you will end up on String Lake Loop Trail. So, do not turn, continue straight towards Bearpaw Lake and Trapper Lake.

Continue hiking for about 2.8 miles until you reach a junction. The right fork at the junction leads to Bearpaw Lake. In no more than 0.4 miles you will reach Bearpaw Lake. Much of the lake is surrounded by grassy wetlands, so be on the lookout for wildlife. If you are lucky, you might spot a moose, or an osprey, or a sandhill crane. It is a perfect spot to take a break and relax for a bit.

When you are ready, get back to the junction and at the junction bear left and head northwest to Trapper Lake. It will be another mile before you reach Trapper Lake.

Now, have your camera ready, because Trapper Lake provides stunning views of the Jackson Hole Valley.

When you are ready, turn around and start retracing your steps back to where you started at the Leigh Lake Trailhead. It will be about 4.6 miles before you reach the Leigh Lake Trailhead.

 

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Easy Hikes in Grand Teton National Park

Easy Hikes in Grand Teton National Park

 

 

NUMBER 2

JENNY LAKE LOOP TRAIL –

CLASIC GRAND TETON HIKE THAT NEEDS TO BE ON YOUR LIST

 

Map of Jenny Lake Loop Trail in Grand Teton National Park
Map of Jenny Lake Loop Trail in Grand Teton National Park.

Image Credit: National Park Service

 

  • Roundtrip Distance: 7.1 miles
  • Trail Location: Jenny Lake Trailhead
  • Time: 3.5 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy

Jenny Lake is the iconic spot in Grand Teton National Park and this hike that goes around the perimeter of the lake is a classic hike that needs to be on your list. And, you guessed it right! It is a very popular hike, so do not expect any solitude on this hike.

My recommendation is to start Jenny Lake Loop hike as early in the morning as possible to avoid the crowds. Also, Jenny Lake Scenic Road passes close to the eastern shore of the lake and obviously, traffic and noise will increase during the day.

Moreover, hike this trail in counter clock-wise direction for the best views of the mountains.

Jenny Lake Loop Trail is an easy trail with little elevation change and if you are looking for more easy hikes in Grand Teton National Park, then make sure to check out my post: 11 Easy Hikes in Grand Teton National Park.

 



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HOW TO GET TO JENNY LAKE LOOP TRAIL

 

Jenny Lake Loop Trail starts at Jenny Lake Trailhead.

To reach the trailhead turn west off Teton Park Road at the South Jenny Lake Junction.

The South Jenny Lake Junction is located about 7.7 miles north of Moose Junction.

Once you get to the junction, proceed for no more than 0.5 miles until you reach a parking area. It is located next to Jenny Lake Visitor Center. From Jenny Lake Visitor Center follow the paved path leading to the East Boat Dock. Jenny Lake Trailhead starts at the East Boat Dock.

You will be hiking counter clock-wise, going north, along the eastern shore of Jenny Lake.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT JENNY LAKE LOOP TRAIL

 

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Jenny Lake – Grand Teton National Park.

 

It is a beautiful hike that meanders along the shore of Jenny Lake. The hike pretty much stays flat, with minimal elevation change. However, there are a few section that go a bit up, but then they level off again.

Now, have your camera ready! You will get to catch some awesome views of Teewinot Mountain, Mount Owen, Cascade Canyon, and Mount Moran, just to name a few.

As you are hiking the perimeter of Jenny Lake, at about 2.6 miles from the trailhead, you will reach the String Lake Outlet that connects String Lake with Jenny Lake.

Go on for about 0.4 miles, until you reach a footbridge over the outlet. Cross the footbridge and continue your hike.

At about 3.4 miles, you will get to the Jenny Lake Trail Junction. Gradually, the trail will start going south along the western side of the lake.

Pretty soon, you will reach West Shore Boat Dock area.

 

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West Shore Dock Area – Grand Teton National Park.

 

At about 4.7 miles from the trailhead, you will pass by the trail that leads to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point.

 

 

Once you reach the junction leading to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point take a little detour. This is a perfect opportunity to see beautiful cascading falls and pretty awesome views from Inspiration Point.

 

Next, continue your hike and soon you will reach a footbridge over Cascade Canyon Creek. Cross the footbridge and continue along the shore of Jenny Lake.

At about 7.1 miles, you will pass the boat launch area. And, at 7.3 miles, you will reach a footbridge to the East Boat Dock. And, you completed the loop and you are back where you started.

 

 

NUMBER 3

BEAVER CREEK AND TAGGART LAKE LOOP TRAIL –

THE GREAT EASY TOP HIKE WITH ONE OF THE BEST VIEWS IN THE GRAND TETON

 

Beaver Creek and Taggart Lake Loop Trail in Grand Teton National Park.

Image Credit: National Park Service

  • Roundtrip Distance: 4 miles
  • Trail Location: Taggart Lake Trailhead
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy

Beaver Creek and Taggart Lake Loop Trail is a great easy hike with one of the best views in Grand Teton National Park.

My recommendation is to start early since the parking lot located at the Taggart Lake Trailhead fills up by pretty much mid-morning.

Also, for the best views, I suggest that you do this hike counter clock-wise.

 

HOW TO GET TO BEAVER CREEK AND TAGGART LAKE LOOP TRAIL

 

Beaver Creek and Taggart Lake Loop Trail starts at the Taggart Lake Trailhead.

 

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The Taggart Lake Trailhead in Grand Teton National Park.

 

The Taggart Lake Trailhead is located about 2.3 miles north from the Moose Entrance Station.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BEAVER CREEK AND TAGGART LAKE LOOP TRAIL

 

First, when you get to the trailhead proceed for about 0.1 miles until you reach Beaver Creek Trail. Make a note that you will be hiking north.Continue on Beaver Creek Trail until you reach Taggart Creek.

There will be a footbridge over Taggart Creek. This is a perfect photo opportunity to capture a view of a cascading waterfall.

After you cross the footbridge, you will be hiking on Taggart Lake Trail. The trail runs pretty much along Taggart Creek.

 

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Beaver Creek and Taggart Lake Loop Trail in Grand Teton National Park.

 

At 1.1 miles, you will reach Bradley Lake Trail Junction. Bradley Lake Trail will be on your right. Do not turn right, if you do you will end up hiking to Bradley Lake. Make sure to turn left, and continue on Taggart Lake Trail.

Continue hiking for about 0.5 miles and you will reach Taggart Lake. Here, you will get to enjoy the views of spectacular mountain scenery. There are a few spots close to the shore where you can rest, and refuel you body (perfect time for a snack or lunch) and soak in the views.

When you are ready to continue your hike, follow Taggart Lake Trail. Now, you will start hiking south.

In about 0.1 miles you will reach a footbridge over an inlet. Cross the footbridge and continue heading south. At this point, you will be hiking on Beaver Creek Trail.

The views of Taggart Lake and the Cathedral Group will be replaced by sweeping views over meadows and Jackson Hole. It is a great stretch of the hike and you should be on the lookout for wildlife.

Continue for about 1.6 miles until you reach the Taggart Lake Trailhead where you started.

 

 

NUMBER 4

PHELPS LAKE LOOP TRAIL –

TOP HIKE IN THE GRAND TETON THAT GOES THROUGH PART OF LAURANCE S. ROCKEFFELER PRESERVE

 

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Phelps Lake Loop Trail in Grand Teton National Park.

Image Source: National Park Service

  • Roundtrip Distance: 6.9
  • Trail Location: Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve
  • Time: 4 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy

It is a beautiful hike with scenic lake views and meadows dotted with flowers.

What makes this hike special is the fact that part of it goes through the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve.

Make a note that the parking at the Preserve is limited. So, start your day early and get to the parking area no later then 9-10 am in order to secure a parking spot.

My recommendation is to hike in counter clock-wise direction for the best views of the mountains.

 

HOW TO GET TO PHELPS LAKE LOOP TRAIL

 

The trailhead for Phelps Lake Loop is located in the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve off Moose-Wilson Road.

To reach the trailhead from Moose Junction, turn left onto Moose-Wilson Road and drive for about 3.6 miles south until you reach the Preserve, which will be located on the left.

 

NUMBER 4

WHAT IS THE LAURENCE S. ROCKEFELLER PRESERVE?

The Laurence S. Rockefeller Preserve is a 1,106 acres refuge within Grand Teton National Park on the southern end of Phelps Lake.

Starting in 1927, John D. Rockefeller, Jr purchased much of the land in Jackson Hole for the creation of Jackson Hole National Monument and the expansion of Grand Teton National Park. He retained the 3,100-acre JY Ranch as a family retreat. Over the years, the family gave most of the ranch to the national park.

Laurance S. Rockefeller donated the final parcel in 2001.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PHELPS LAKE LOOP TRAIL

 

Start your hike at the Laurance S. Rockefeller Visitor Center.

Take Woodland Trail to the lake. It is no more than 1.3 mile hike and you will reach Phelps Lake.

Right from the start, you will get to enjoy the views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. Make sure to locate Death Canyon in the distance and Albright Peak standing at 10,552 feet. To the left of the canyon is 11,241-foot Prospectors Mountain.

Now, you will be hiking counter clock-wise along the eastern shore of the lake. You will be going north.

At about 2.5 miles from the trailhead, you will reach a huge boulder sitting on the edge of the lake. Here, you can get even better views of Death Canyon.

 

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Phelps Lake and Death Canyon in Grand Teton National Park.

 

At about 3.1 miles you will reach the north shore of Phelps Lake and a nice sandy beach. If you are ready for a break, then this might be a good spot.

There is a sign at the beach indicating the direction to the Valley Trail Junction. Follow the path leading to the Valley Trail Junction.

 

 

Now, if you feel like it, then you can make a little detour and follow the sign to Phelps Lake Overlook. The views from the overlook are off the charts! It is not more than 0.7 miles from the beach to the the overview. So worth it!

At about 3.8 miles from the trailhead, Valley Trail goes off to the right. Follow the trail and continue your loop around Phelps Lake. Now, you will be hiking along the western shores of the lake and going south. It is a beautiful section of the hike and the trail meanders through lovely meadows. You will be passing by Hackleberry Point. Make sure to stop by and soak in some spectacular views of Death Valley and Albright Peak.

Next, at about 5.5 miles, you will get to the Lake Creek Trail Junction. Continue on Lake Creek Trail all the way to the LSR Visitor Center where you started your hike.

 

 

NUMBER 5

DEATH CANYON TRAIL TO PATROL CABIN –

ONE OF MY FAVORITE TOP HIKES IN GRAND TETON WITH INCREDIBLE SURROUNDING MOUNTAIN SCENERY

 

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Death Canyon Trail to Patrol Cabin in Grand Teton National Park.

Image Credit: National Park Service

  • Roundtrip Distance: 7.8 miles
  • Trail Location: Death Canyon Trailhead
  • Time: 5 hours
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Hands down, Death Canyon Trail to Patrol Cabin is one of my favorite hikes in Grand Teton National Park with great views of Phelps Lake and the surrounding mountain scenery.

The first part of the hike is fairly easy and relaxing leading to Phelps Lake Overview. The strenuous ascent starts at the entrance to the Death Canyon and pretty much continues all the way through the hike until you reach the Upper Death Canyon, which is so beautiful!

I know you will enjoy this hike!

 

HOW TO GET TO DEATH CANYON TRAIL AND THEN TO PATROL CABIN

 

Death Canyon Trail starts the Death Canyon Trailhead. Make a note that the Death Canyon Trailhead is sometimes called the Whitegrass Trailhead.

To reach the trailhead from Moose Junction, you need to turn left onto Moose-Wilson Road and drive for about 3 miles south until you reach the turn-off for the Death Valley Trailhead.

 

 

The first part of Moose-Wilson Road is paved and in pretty good condition. However, the last section of the road is a rough gravel road with lots of potholes. A 4×4 vehicle is highly recommended at this point. However, if you do not have a 4×4 then, my recommendation, is to park your vehicle at the end of the paved section of the road (there is a small parking area) and then walk to the trailhead. You will need to walk no more than a mile to reach the trailhead.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DEATH CANYON TRAIL

 

Once you reach the Death Valley Trailhead, take a short path (no more than 0.1 miles) that will lead you to Valley Trail Junction. Bear left at the junction and follow Valley Trail as it goes westward through the wooded area dominated by lodgepole pines.

Pretty soon, the trees will thin out and you will start hiking though beautiful meadows. However, the hike becomes slightly more challenging here and starting to ascent, but by no means, it is a strenuous ascent.

At about 0.9 miles from the trailhead, you will start getting a few glimpses of Phelps Lake.

At 1.0 mile from the trailhead, you will reach Phelps Lake Overlook. The overlook stands at 567 feet above Phelps Lake and offers stunning views of the lake.

 

 

Take a quick detour towards the shores of the lake. It is no more than 0.3 miles to reach a nice sandy beach at the lake and take a relaxing break.

As you are hiking, at 1.7 miles from the trailhead, you will reach the Death Canyon Junction! Along the way, you will get even better views of the lake and the mountain scenery than when you were at Phelps Lake Overlook.

Once you get the Death Canyon Junction, go straight. The Valley Trail will be on your left. Continue straight. From this point on, you will be hiking along Death Canyon Trail.

At first, the trial drops down and you loose all the elevation you gained hiking up to the overlook.

Continue hiking and make sure to snap a few pictures here, because the views are outstanding. To the south, you will be able to see Phelps Lake and beautiful meadows stretching to the north and west.

 

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Phelps Lake in Grand Teton National Park.

 

At about 2.3 miles from the trailhead reaches the entrance to Death Canyon. And, from this point on, you will start a steady ascent on a rugged, rocky Death Canyon Trail all the way up to the Death Canyon Patrol Cabin. The bottom line, you will cover around 1,100 feet in elevation gain in the next 2.2 miles!

 

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Death Canyon Trail in Grand Teton National Park.

 

At 3.7 miles, the trail reached the upper portions of the canyon. At this point, the trail levels off quite a bit and your hike will become so much easier from now on.

At 3.9 miles from the trailhead, you will arrive at the Alaska Basin Trail Junction. The historic Death Canyon Patrol Cabin is located at the junction. It was originally built as a barn by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935. It became a ranger patrol station in 1945.

 

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Death Canyon Patrol Cabin in Grand Teton National Park.

 

My recommendation is to walk just a short distance up the Alaska Basin Trail for some incredible views of the upper section of Death Canyon.

The Upper Death Canyon is beautiful! Peaceful and serene. Be on the lookout of moose.

Once you are ready to head back, simply start retracing your steps. It will be about 4 mile hike back to Death Canyon Trailhead where you originally started.

 

 

NUMBER 6

ALASKA BASIN TRAIL TO STATIC PEAK DIVIDE –

CHALLENGING HIKE, ALBEIT, IT IS A TOP HIKE IN GRAND TETON WITH SOME INCREDIBLE  VIEWS

 

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Alaska Basin Trail to Static Peak Divide in Grand Teton National Park. 

Image Credit: National Park Service

  • Roundtrip Distance: 16.0 miles
  • Trail Location: Death Canyon Trailhead
  • Time: 8-10 hours
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Alaska Basin Trail to Static Peak Divide is a continuation of Death Canyon Trail to Patrol Cabin.

It is a long and strenuous hike. The roundtrip distance is 16.0 miles.

However, if you are up to it, then once you reach the Divide, you will be rewarded with some incredible views of the park – Jackson Hole to the east, Death Canyon in the southwest direction and 11,938-foot Buck Mountain to the north.

 

HOW TO GET TO ALASKA BASIN TRAIL

 

As I said, Alaska Basin Trail to Static Peak Divide is a continuation of Death Canyon Trail to Patrol Cabin.

Once you reach Alaska Basin Trail Junction, turn right (west) and continue on Alaska Basin Trail. Right from the start, the trail start a pretty strenuous ascent.

As you head west, you will be hiking into the Jedediah Smith Wilderness.

 

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Alaska Basin Trail to Static Peak Divide in Grand Teton National Park.

 

Along the way, you will pass by the summits of Albright Peak, Static Peak and Buck Mountain.

At 6.6 miles from the trailhead, you will reach the top of the canyon. The trail levels off for a bit, but then it resumes the steady ascent at the way to the Divide.

At 7.3 miles, you will get to the section between Albright and Static Peak. Next, ahead of you are a few switchbacks, and finally at 8.1 miles from the trailhead, you will reach Static Peak Divide.

 

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Alaska Basin Trail to Static Peak Divide in Grand Teton National Park.

 

Once on the Divide, you will be standing at 10,790 feet with spectacular views of Grand Teton National Park. Jackson Hole will be to the east, the Wind River Range will be visible in the distance, Death Canyon will be in the southwest direction and Buck Mountain will be in the north direction towering over everything else at 11,938 feet.

 

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Alaska Basin Trail to Static Peak Divide in Grand Teton National Park.

 

Once you are ready to head back, simply start retracing your steps. It will be a long hike to Death Canyon Trailhead where you originally started. But, so worth the effort!

 

 

NUMBER 7

CASCADE CANYON TRAIL  –

HANDS DOWN, ONE OF THE BEST HIKES IN GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK

 

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Cascade Canyon Trail in Grand Teton National Park

Image Source: National Park Service

  • Roundtrip Distance: 9.8 miles
  • Trail Location: Jenny Lake Trailhead
  • Time: 5 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate

The hike through Cascade Canyon, in my opinion, is one of the best hikes in Grand Teton National Park.

You will get admire the breathtaking views of Jenny Lake, stop by Hidden Falls, reach Inspiration Point and finally, hike through the beautiful Cascade Canyon.

This hike needs to be on your list, if you are planning your itinerary to Grand Teton National Park!

 

HOW TO GET TO CASCADE CANYON TRAIL

 

The hike to Cascade Canyon starts at the Jenny Lake Trailhead.

To get to the trailhead, turn west off Teton Park Road at the South Jenny Lake Junction. The junction is located about 7.7 miles north of Moose Junction.

Once you get to the junction , proceed for no more than 0.5 miles to a large parking lot located next to Jenny Lake Visitor Center.

Next, take the Jenny Lake boat shuttle across Jenny Lake.

 

 

Shuttles run every 10-15 minutes and cost $18 for a round-trip and $10 for a one-way trip. Check Jenny Lake Boating for any changes to prices and schedules!

Purchase your ticket at the Jenny Lake East Boat Dock, hop on the shuttle and you will reach the Jenny Lake West Boat Dock in no more than 15 minutes.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CASCADE CANYON TRAIL

 

Once you get to the Jenny Lake West Boat Dock follow the signs for the Cascade Canyon Trailhead.

Next, start your hike along Cascade Canyon Trail.

First, you will be hiking through a forested area, however, pretty soon, you will cross over Cascade Canyon Creek and the area will open up.

At about 0.5 miles from the Cascade Canyon Trailhead, you will reach the short trail leading to Hidden Falls.

At this point, turn left and proceed to Hidden Falls. It is a beautiful waterfall that drops 100 feet in a series of cascades.

 

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Hidden Falls in Grand Teton National Park.

 

When you are ready, turn around and traced your steps back to Cascade Canyon Trail. Once you are back on the trail, continue your hike to Inspiration Point. This section of the hike goes at a moderate ascent over a rugged, rocky trail. It is a short section and it is all worth the extra effort!

At 1.1 miles from the Cascade Canyon Trailhead, you will reach Inspiration Point. The views are awesome! Right in front of you will be Jenny Lake and Jackson Hole, and to the east, you will see the Gros Ventre Range.

 

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Inspiration Point in Grand Teton National Park.

 

Next, follow Cascade Canyon Trail. The elevation gain is gradual. Pretty soon, you will reach the entrance to Cascade Canyon.

 

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Cascade Canyon Trail in Grand Teton National Park.

 

For a couple of miles, you will be going through huckleberry and thimbleberry patches. So be on the lookout for moose and black bears. Make sure to make some noise and make your presence known.

 

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Bear in Grand Teton National Park.

 

HOW TO STAY SAFE AROUND BEARS?

  • Identify yourself by talking calmly so the bear knows you are a human and not a prey animal. Remain still; stand your ground but slowly wave your arms.
  • Stay calm and remember that most bears do not want to attack you; they usually just want to be left alone.
  • Pick up small children immediately.
  • Hike and travel in groups. Groups of people are usually noisier and smellier than a single person.
  • Make yourselves look as large as possible (for example, move to higher ground).
  • Do NOT allow the bear access to your food.
  • Do NOT drop your pack as it can provide protection for your back and prevent a bear from accessing your food.
  • If the bear is stationary, move away slowly and sideways; this allows you to keep an eye on the bear and avoid tripping.
  • Be especially cautious if you see a female with cubs; never place yourself between a mother and her cub, and never attempt to approach them.
  • Bear pepper spray can be an important thing to carry when exploring the back country. It is used defensively to stop an aggressive, charging, or attacking bear.

Source: NPS

 

As you hike, the canyon becomes narrower.

At about 1.9 miles from the Cascade Canyon Trailhead, you will get to a section with large boulders. To your left, Mount Owen, standing at 12,928 feet, will be towering over the canyon.

At 2.6 miles, you will get to a stunning area with several ponds.

As you continue your hike, you will start going through a more wooded section of the canyon.

At about 5 miles, you will finally get to the Forks of Cascade Canyon. This is the end of the hike. When you are ready, simply turn around and retrace your steps.

However, if you are up to it, you can extend your hike either going to Lake Solitude or Hurricane Pass and Alaska Basin. The trail to your left will lead you towards Hurricane Pass and Alaska Basin, while the trail to your right heads up the North Fork of Cascade Canyon and onto Lake Solitude.

 

 

NUMBER 8

TWO OCEAN LAKE LOOP TRAIL  –

PEACEFUL AND EASY HIKE AROUND TWO OCEAN LAKE

 

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Two Ocean Lake Loop Trail in Grand Teton National Park.

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  • Roundtrip Distance: 6.4 miles
  • Trail Location: Two Ocean Lake Trailhead
  • Time: 3.5 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy

I really like Two Ocean Lake Loop Trail. It is a peaceful and easy trail that loops around Two Ocean Lake. It goes thorough forested areas and meadows. The scenery is constantly changing on this trail and in the distance you can see the Grand Teton Mountain Range.

 

HOW TO GET TO TWO OCEAN LAKE LOOP TRAIL

 

Two Ocean Lake Loop Trail starts at the Two Ocean Lake Trailhead. To get to the trailhead turn right on Pacific Creek Road, which is located less than a mile form the Moran Entrance.

Once you turn into Pacific Creek Road, continue for about 2 miles until you get to Two Ocean Road.

Turn right onto Two Ocean Road and continue for about 2.4 miles. Make sure to slow down, since the road is just a dirt road and be on the look out for potholes. When you reach the end of the road, park your vehicle and the trailhead will be right in front of you.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TWO OCEAN LAKE LOOP TRAIL

 

You can hike this loop in any direction you want. However, I think, doing the loop counter clock-wise is a better option, since you will have the views of the Tetons on your left across Two Ocean Lake.

So, start on the east side of the lake and proceed west along the northern shore of the lake.

The trail goes through meadows and forested areas.

The scenery constantly changes on this trail. It goes close to the shore and then it wonders off away from the lake.

 

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Two Ocean Lake Loop Trail in Grand Teton National Park.

 

At about 3 miles, you will reach the west end of the lake and the South Two Ocean Lake Trail Junction.

If you feel like it, you can extend your hike by about 1.1 miles and hike to Grand View Point. It is a fairly strenuous hike, however it is all worth it! You will be rewarded with some pretty stunning views.

 

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Grand View Point in Grand Teton National Park.

 

If you do not feel like it, then continue your loop on the southern side of Two Ocean Lake going east. You will be passing through beautiful open meadows and through some forested areas.

At about 6.4 miles, you will complete the loop and be back at the trailhead.

 

 

NUMBER 9

PHELPS LAKE OVERLOOK TRAIL –

ONE OF THE BEST TOP EASY HIKES IN GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK

 

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Phelps Lake Overlook Trail in Grand Teton National Park.

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  • Roundtrip Distance: 2.0 miles
  • Trail Location: Death Canyon Trailhead
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Difficulty: Easy

The hike to Phelps Lake Overlook will give you the best views in all of Grand Teton National Park! Don’t miss this hike! It is one of the best easy hikes in Grand Teton National Park.

 

HOW TO GET TO PHELPS LAKE OVERLOOK TRAIL

 

The hike to Phelps Lake Overlook starts at the Death Canyon Trailhead. Make a note that the Death Canyon Trailhead is sometimes called the Whitegrass Trailhead.

To reach the trailhead from Moose Junction, you need to turn left onto Moose-Wilson Road and drive for about 3 miles south until you reach the turn-off for the Death Valley Trailhead.

The first part of Moose-Wilson Road is paved and in pretty good condition. However, the last section of the road is a rough gravel road with lots of potholes.

A 4×4 vehicle is highly recommended at this point. However, if you do not have a 4×4 then, my recommendation, is to park your vehicle at the end of the paved section of the road (there is a small parking area) and then walk to the trailhead. You will need to walk no more than a mile to reach the trailhead.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PHELPS LAKE OVERLOOK TRAIL

 

Once you reach the Death Valley Trailhead, take a short path (no more than 0.1 miles) that will lead you to Valley Trail Junction. Bear left at the junction and follow Valley Trail as it goes westward through the wooded area dominated by lodgepole pines.

Pretty soon, the trees will thin out and you will start hiking though beautiful meadows. However, the hike becomes slightly more challenging here and starting to ascent, but by no means, it is a strenuous ascent.

At about 0.9 miles from the trailhead, you will start getting a few glimpses of Phelps Lake.

At 1.0 mile from the trailhead, you will reach Phelps Lake Overlook. The overlook stands at 567 feet above Phelps Lake and offers stunning views of the lake.

 

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Phelps Lake Overlook Trail

I want to encourage you to hike another 0.7 miles and reach the Death Canyon Junction! You will get even better views of the lake and the mountain scenery.

Also, another suggestion, is to hike towards the shores of the lake. It is no more than 0.3 miles to reach a nice sandy beach at the lake and take a relaxing break.

When you are ready to head back, simply retrace your steps. Start by going back to Valley Trail and continue back along Valley Trail to the Death Valley Trailhead.

 

 

NUMBER 10

SURPRISE LAKE AND AMPHITHEATER LAKE TRAIL –

CHALLENGING HIKE WITH STUNNING VIEWS OF ALPINE LAKES

 

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Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes Trail in Grand Teton National Park.

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  • Roundtrip Distance: 10.0 miles
  • Trail Location: Lupine Meadows Trailhead
  • Time: 5-6 hours
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Hands down, it is one of the best hikes in Grand Teton National Park. Needless to say, it is a strenuous hike, but you will be rewarded with stunning views of alpine lakes: Surprise Lake and Amphitheater Lake.

To top it off, almost all the way on this hike, you get to enjoy the incredible views of Bradley and Taggart Lakes. It just does not get any better!

 

HOW TO GET TO SURPRISE LAKE AND AMPHITHEATER LAKE TRAIL

The hike to Surprise Lake and  Amphitheater Lake in Grand Teton National Park begins from the Lupine Meadows Trailhead. To get to the Lupine Meadows Trailhead turn west off Teton Park Road at Lupine Meadows Junction. 

Lupine Meadows Junction is about 7 miles north from Moose Junction.

Once you get to Lupine Meadows Junction, take a gravel road for about 1.6 miles until you reach the Lupine Meadows Trailhead.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SURPRISE AND AMPHITHEATER LAKE TRAIL

The first 1.5 miles if the trail is pretty much flat with almost no elevation change.

At 1.7 miles from the trailhead, you will reach the Valley Trail Junction. At the junction, continue straight ahead. Do not turn left, if you do, then, you will end up going towards Bradley and Taggart Lakes.

Ahead of you is a strenuous climb that goes for about 1.3 miles. As you are gaining elevation, you will get to enjoy the views of Bradley and then Taggart Lakes in the distance.

 

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Bradley and Taggart Lake in Grand Teton National Park.

 

At about 3 miles from the trailhead, you will reach Garnet CanyonTrail and Amphitheater Lake  Trail Junction.

Turn right at the junction and continue towards Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes.

At about 4.8 miles, you will reach Surprise Lake.

 

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Surprise Lake in Grand Teton National Park.

 

Next, continue for no more than 0.3 miles until you reach Amphitheater Lake.

The views from Amphitheater Lake are pretty spectacular!

Right above the lake, you can see Disappointment Peak standing at 11,618 feet. Right behind Disappointment Peak, you can see Grand Teton, Mt. Owen and Teewinot Mountain.

 

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Amphitheater Lake in Grand Teton National Park.

 

This is a perfect spot to relax and enjoy the view.

When you are ready to head back, get back to the trail and retrace your steps.

 

 

On the way back, you can add on Delta Lake.

To get to the Lake, you will have to take an unmaintained trail. The trail goes over some boulder fields and then traverses over a pretty sharp incline. It is totally worth it though. It is an extra 2.0 miles round trip, but if you are looking for some solitude, then that is the place to go!

 

 

NUMBER 11

HERMITAGE POINT TRAIL  –

MY FAVORITE TOP HIKE WITH UNSURPASSED VIEWS OF THE GRAND TETONS

 

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Hermitage Point Trail

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  • Roundtrip Distance: 9.8 miles
  • Trail Location: Jenny Lake Trailhead
  • Time: 5 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Hermitage Point Trail  is one of my favorite hikes in Grand Teton National Park. It offers unsurpassed views of the Grand Tetons.

The hike to Hermitage Point is mostly flat, except for a few short section with a relatively sharp ascent.

 

HOW TO GET TO HERMITAGE POINT TRAIL

 

The hike to Hermitage Point begins from the Hermitage Point Trailhead. The Hermitage Point Trailhead is located at the south end of the Colter Bay Visitor Center.

To get to the trailhead, drive about 5.4 miles from the Jackson Lake Junction to the Colter Bay Visitor Center.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HERMITAGE POINT TRAIL

 

Once you get to the Colter Bay Visitor Center take s short road to the boat landing area.

Next, continue south for no more than 0.4 miles until you will get to a junction. Bear right and continue along the shore of Jackson Lake. You will be heading towards Heron Pond.

At about 0.7 miles from form the trailhead, you will reach a side trail leading to Jackson Lake Overlook.

Have your camera ready, because the views of the Teton Mountain Range are breathtaking at the overlook.

 

Next, continue on the side trail, until you connect to the main trail.

At about 1.4 miles, you will reach another junction. Bear right and continue south along the shore of Jackson Lake. You will be passing by Heron Pond. Heron Pond is quite a sight when it is covered with lilies. Moreover, be on the lookout for wildlife.

 

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Hermitage Point Trail in Grand Teton National Park.

 

Next, continue your hike until you reach Half Moon Bay Overlook. Take your time here and soak in the views!

From this point, the trail goes through the forested area but gradually the trees thin out and at about 4.4 miles from the trailhead, you will reach the southernmost tip of the peninsula. It is known as Hermitage Point.

Proceed to the rocky beach and take a break here. In my opinion, at this point, you will get some of the best views of the Grand Tetons.

When you are ready to continue your hike, walk back to the main trail and proceed along the southeastern side of the peninsula until you reach a bit of the incline. Just hang in there, it is all worth it! By the way, as you braving the incline, check out the great views of southeastern corner of Jackson Lake.

At about 6.7 miles from the trailhead, you will get to a junction, continue straight at the junction. Ahead of you will be a swampy area overgrown with willows. This is a perfect spot to see some wildlife. Above all, be on the lookout for moose, they love this area!

 

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Moose – Grand Teton National Park.

 

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5 FAST FACTS ABOUT MOOSE

  • Moose are huge! The average female weighs 771 lbs and male 881 lbs.
  • Bull moose shed their antlers each year. The antlers begin to grow on bull moose in the spring and continue growing until September when the velvet that covers the antlers dries and falls off.
  • Calves can grow quickly. Calves are born in the spring, gain about one to two pounds a day, and later end up gaining five pounds a day!!
  • In the Algonquin language, moose means eater of twigs. Moose eat any kind of vegetation and require almost 10,000 calories each day.
  • Moose are powerful swimmers. A moose can dive 20 feet under water and stay under water for up to 30 seconds!

Source: Northern Ontario Travel 

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Moose Cow with twin calves – Grand Teton National Park.

 

Next, at about 7.5 miles from the trailhead, you will get to a junction. Here, turn left and start heading towards Swan Lake.

Swan Lake is beautiful when it is covered with blooming lilies. Take your time here and try to spot a trumpeter swan!

 

Swan Lake in Grand Teton National Park.

 

Next, continue along the shore of Swan Lake until you reach a junction. At this point, head straight towards the Colter Bay Visitor Center where you started your hike.

 

 

NUMBER 12

PAINTBRUSH CANYON AND PAINTBRUSH DIVIDE TRAIL  –

TOP HIKE THAT OFFERS ABSOLUTELY STUNNING SCENERY ALONG THE WAY

 

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Paintbrush Canyon and Paintbrush Divide Trail in Grand Teton National Park.

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  • Roundtrip Distance: 16.6 miles
  • Trail Location: Jenny Lake Trailhead
  • Time: 8-10 hours
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Paintbrush Canyon and Paintbrush Divide Trail is an incredible hike that offers absolutely stunning views along the way. However, it is a strenuous, uphill walk almost entire way through the canyon.

Be prepared for snow and ice which can linger in the higher elevation all the way until August!

 

HOW TO GET TO PAINTBRUSH CANYON AND PAINTBRUSH DIVIDE TRAIL

 

Paintbrush Canyon and Paintbrush Divide Trail begins from the Leigh Lake Trailhead.

The trailhead is located just north of Jenny Lake.

To get to the Leigh Lake Trailhead turn west off Teton Park Road at the Jenny Lake Junction. Next, drive for no more than 1.4 miles to the turn-off for the String Lake and Leigh Lake Trailheads.

When you reach the String Lake Trailhead turn right and continue for about 0.4 miles until you reach a parking area located next to the Leigh Lake Trailhead.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PAINTBRUSH CANYON AND PAINTBRUSH DIVIDE

 

The trail starts along the eastern shore of String Lake and heads up north.

For the first 0.9 miles you will be hiking along String Lake.

 

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String Lake in Grand Teton National Park.

 

To your left you will see the famous Cathedral Group and to your right will be Mount Moran.

At about 1 mile, you will reach a junction.

At the junction, bear left and continue for about 0.7 miles until you reach the Paintbrush Canyon Trail Junction. Continue your hike along Paintbrush Canyon Trail.

First, you will hike through a forested area of the canyon. And, this is pretty much the only flat section of the trail. Right after you hike through the forest, the trail starts going at a steady incline.

At about 3.9 miles from the trailhead, you will start to really enjoy the views. On top of that, the trail follows the rushing Paintbrush Canyon Creek most of the way!

At about 5.0 miles from the trailhead, the trail will pass through a large boulder field. At this point, your hike will become even more strenuous. However, the views will become even more rewarding.

At about 6.0 miles, you will reach the Holly Lake Junction. Bear right at the junction and continue to Holly Lake. Pretty soon, in about 0.5 miles, you will reach Holly Lake. It is a perfect spot to take a break and enjoy the views.

 

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Holly Lake in Grand Teton National Park.

 

And, then, ahead of you is the last section of the hike. It is a very strenuous ascent onto Paintbrush Divide. It will be another 1.9 miles and 1,300 feet of elevation gain.

As you continue to climb, be on the lookout for Grand Teton. It should be gradually reviling itself in front of you.

 

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Paintbrush Divide in Grand Canyon National Park.

 

Now, be prepared for snow and ice. Even if you are hiking in July or August, there might be snow still lingering on the trail.

At about 8 miles, you will finally reach Paintbrush Divide. And, at 10,700 feet, this is one of the highest points you can reach using a regular trail in Grand Teton National Park.

 

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Paintbrush Divide in Grand Teton National Park.

 

The views are of the charts! You will see Thor Peak, Mount Moran towards the northeast. If you look towards the south, you can see the famous Cathedral Group. And, finally, towards the east, you will get to enjoy the views of Leigh Lake and Jackson Lake.

When you are ready to head back, retrace your steps. There is a long hike ahead of you back to the trailhead where you started.

 

 

NUMBER 13

MARION LAKE LOOP TRAIL VIA AERIAL TRAM  –

FUN HIKE IN GRAND TETON VIA AERIAL TRAM

 

 

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Marion Lake Trail via Aerial Tram in Grand Teton National Park

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  • Roundtrip Distance: 15.9 miles
  • Trail Location: Jackson Hole Aerial Tram – Teton Village
  • Time: 8 hours
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

You will love this hike to Marion Lake via Jackson Hole Aerial Tram in Teton Village.

The Jackson Hole Aerial Tram will take you in about 12 minutes to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain where you will start your hike to Marion Lake.

 

HOW TO GET TO MARION LAKE LOOP TRAIL VIA AERIAL TRAM

 

From the Teton Village take the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram to Rendezvous Mountain.

 

The Jackson Hole Aerial Tram to Rendezvous Mountain.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MARION LAKE LOOP TRAIL

 

The minute you step out of the aerial tram, you will be amazed by the stunning views. Right below you will be Jackson Hole and Jackson Lake. Towards the north, will be Grand Teton. And, towards the south, you will see Rendezvous Peak standing at 10,927 feet.

My recommendation is to do the loop counter clock-wise. However, you can do it clock-wise as well.

To start your hike, walk to the end of the aerial tram platform and turn left.

Follow the road until you reach Rendezvous Mountain Trail.

Pretty much, right from the start, the trail goes at an incline. As soon as you get to the end of the descent, the trail will pick up at a moderate incline and eventually level off.

At 3.7 miles from the aerial tram station, you will reach the Middle Fork Cutoff Trail Junction. Bear left at the junction and follow along the Middle Cutoff Trail.

At the beginning, the terrain will remain fairly flat, but pretty soon, it will go at a moderate incline.

At 4.3 miles from the trailhead, you will reach the Teton Crest Trail Junction. At the junction, bear right.

Now, you will be hiking through the upper portions of Granite Canyon. The trail will go up at fairly strenuous inclines and then drop down again. It is a beautiful section of the trail with awesome views of the mountains and surrounding meadows.

At 5.9 miles from the trailhead, you will reach the Granite Canyon Trail Junction.

Continue straight towards Marion Lake. The lake is no more than 0.6 miles from the junction.

At 6.4 miles from the trailhead, you will reach the southern shore of Marion Lake.

 

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Marion Lake in Grand Teton National Park.

 

Marion Lake is a beautiful glacial lake and a perfect spot to the a break, relax, refuel your body and just admire this peaceful spot.

When you are ready to continue your hike, head back to Granite Canyon Trail Junction and continue your loop. Once you reach the junction, bear left onto Granite Canyon Trail. Next, follow the trail.

Next, turn right and hike to the Middle Fork Cutoff Trail and Rendezvous Mountain Trail Junction and back to Jackson Hole Aerial Tram Station where you started.

 

 

NUMBER 14

STRING LAKE LOOP TRAIL  –

EASY HIKE IN GRAND TETON THAT OFFERS BREATHTAKING SCENERY

 

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String Lake Loop Trail in Grand Teton National Park.

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  • Roundtrip Distance: 3.7miles
  • Trail Location: String Lake Trailhead
  • Time: 1.5 – 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy

String Lake Loop Trail is one of my favorite best hikes in Grand Teton National Park. It is an easy hike with little elevation change that offers breathtaking scenery.

My recommendation is that you start early in the morning, so that you can see the stunning Grand Tetons reflecting in String Lake.

In addition, make sure to hike in a counter clock-wise direction so that you can get the best views of the mountains.

 

HOW TO GET TO STRING LAKE LOOP TRAIL

 

String Lake Loop Trail starts at the String Lake Trailhead. The trailhead is located north of Jenny Lake.

To get there, turn west off Teton Park Road at the North Jenny Lake Junction. Next, continue on for 1.4 miles until you get to the parking lot located right at String Lake Trailhead.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT STRING LAKE LOOP TRAIL

 

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String Lake Loop Trail in Grand Teton National Park.

 

String Lake Loop Trail starts along the eastern shore of String Lake and heads up north.

Right from the start, you will get to enjoy the stunning views! On your left-hand side will be the famous Cathedral Group.

Now, if you look to the right you will be able to see Mount Moran standing at 12,605 feet.

I need to mention, that there are a few interpretative signs along the way that are fun to read and worth checking out. You can find out how glaciation created the chain of lakes below the Teton Range.

After about 0.5 miles, you will get to the Leigh Lake Trailhead. Continue north along the shores of String Lake.

At 1.4 miles from the trailhead, you will get to the Trapper Lake and Bearpaw Lake Trail Junction. Bear left and continue along the western section of String Lake. You will be heading south. At this point, the trail veers away from the lake and goes through the forest.

Next, at 2.1 miles from the trailhead, you will get to the Paintbrush Canyon Trail Junction. Make sure to stay on String Lake Trail and continue south.

Finally, at 3.7 miles, you will arrive at the footbridge over the String Lake Outlet. Just a few more steps and you are back at the parking lot where you started.

 

 

NUMBER 15

STRING, LEIGH, BEARPAW, AND TRAPPER LAKES LOOP TRAIL  –

SUPER COOL HIKE IN GRAND TETON THAT GOES ALONG FOUR ALPINE LAKES

 

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String, Leigh, Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes Loop Trail

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  • Roundtrip Distance: 11.9 miles
  • Trail Location: String Lake Trailhead
  • Time: 6 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate

String, Leigh, Bearpaw, and Trapper Lakes Loop Trail is a super cool hike. It is definitely one of may favorite hikes in Grand Teton National Park. The trail goes along four beautiful alpine lakes. You will get to enjoy the  ever-changing scenery with the Grand Tetons reflecting in the waters of the lakes.

 

HOW TO GET TO STRING, LEIGH, BEARPAW, AND TRAPPER LAKES LOOP TRAIL

 

String, Leigh, Bearpaw, and Trapper Lakes Loop Trail starts at the String Lake Trailhead. The trailhead is located north of Jenny Lake.

To get there, turn west off Teton Park Road at the North Jenny Lake Junction. North Jenny Lake Junction is located about 10.6 miles of Moose Junction, and 10 miles south of Jackson Lake Junction.

Once you turn west off Teton Park Road, continue driving for about 1.4 miles until you get to the parking lot located right at String Lake Trailhead.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT STRING, LEIGH, BEARPAW, AND TRAPPER LAKES LOOP TRAIL

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String, Leigh, Bearpaw, and Trapper Lakes Loop Trail

 

Start you hike at the String Lake Trailhead. The trail goes along the eastern shore of String Lake and heads up north.

In no more than 0.5 miles from the trailhead, you will reach the Leigh Lake Trailhead. Continue your hike. You are still going to hike along String Lake until at about 1.4 miles from the trailhead, you will reach the Leigh Lake Trail Junction. The views of the Cathedral Group are outstanding here. And, on your right will be Mount Moran standing at 12,605 feet.

 

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DID YOU KNOW THAT MOUNT MORAN WAS NAMED AFTER THOMAS MORAN?

  • Thomas Moran was an American western frontier landscape artist. 
  • The Three Tetons, an 1895 oil painting by Thomas Moran which depicts Grand Teton and the neighboring peaks of Middle Teton and South Teton, was displayed in the Oval Office in the presidency of Barack Obama.
  • The painting depicts the slow-clad mountains in the distance, catching the Sun below a hazy blue sky with light clouds, with the foreground dominated by dark pine trees around a lake and river.

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Source: Wikimedia Commons

 

Next, continue hiking along the eastern shore of Leigh Lake for about 2.8 miles until you reach Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes Junction.

At the junction, bear right and start hiking towards Bearpaw Lake. It is no more than 0.4 miles from the junction until you reach Bearpaw Lake.

Bearpaw Lake (as all the other lakes in this hike) is an example of a glacial lake. It was formed when a glacier eroded the land, and then melted, filling the depression created by the glacier.

Next, retrace your steps and head back to the Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes Junction. At the junction, follow the sign for Trapper Lake. It will be about 0.9 miles before you get to Trapper Lake. Once you get to Trapper Lake, take a break, relax and enjoy the great view of Jackson Hole.

When you are ready to get back on the trail, start by retracing your steps and going back to Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes Junction.

At the junction, bear right and continue hiking for about 0.7 miles, until you reach Paintbrush Canyon Trail. At this point, the trail veers away from Leigh Lake and starts going through some forested areas occasionally thinning out into some beautiful meadows.

After about 0.7 miles, you will reach another junction. Here, bear left and continue hiking south for about 1.3 miles. You will be hiking along String Lake, however the lake is not visible at least the first part of the 1.3-mile section since the trail since veers away from the lake.

Finally, you will reach String Lake Outlet and a footbridge. Cross the footbridge and continue for no more than 0.3 miles until you reach the String Lake Trailhead where you originally started.

 

 

NUMBER 16

BEAVER CREEK, TAGGART LAKE, AND BRADLEY LAKE LOOP TRAIL –

GREAT MODERATE TOP HIKE WITH THE BEST VIEWS IN THE GRAND TETON

 

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Beaver Creek, Taggart Lake and Bradley Lake Loop Trail in Grand Teton National Park.

Image Credit: National Park Service

 

  • Roundtrip Distance: 6 miles
  • Trail Location: Taggart Lake Trailhead
  • Time: 4 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate

It is a great moderate hike with one of the best views in Grand Teton National Park.

My recommendation is to start early since the parking lot located at the Taggart Lake Trailhead fills up by pretty much mid-morning.

Also, for the best views, I suggest that you do this hike counter clock-wise.

 

HOW TO GET TO BEAVER CREEK AND TAGGART LAKE LOOP TRAIL

 

Taggart Lake and Bradley Lake Loop Trail starts at the Taggart Lake Trailhead.

The Taggart Lake Trailhead is located about 2.3 miles north the Moose Entrance Station.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BEAVER CREEK AND TAGGART LAKE LOOP TRAIL

 

First, when you get to the trailhead proceed for about 0.1 miles until you reach Beaver Creek Trail.

Make a note that you will be hiking north.

Continue on Beaver Creek Trail until you reach Taggart Creek.

There will be a footbridge over Taggart Creek. This is a perfect photo opportunity to capture a view of a cascading waterfall.

After you cross the footbridge, you will be hiking on Taggart Lake Trail. The trail runs pretty much along Taggart Creek.

At 1.1 miles, you will reach Bradley Lake Trail Junction.

Bradley Lake Trail will be on your right. Bear right and proceed for about 1 mile on Bradley Lake Trail heading towards Bradley Lake. The trail will slightly ascent and decent. The final stretch before reaching Bradley Lake is a sharper ascent. You will be going through a small aspen grove and in front of you will be the stunning Cathedral Group. Needless to say, the views are absolutely breathtaking at this point and the vantage points could not be better. This is a perfect opportunity to get some awesome pictures.

 

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Taggart Lake and Jackson Hole Valley in Grand Teton National Park.

 

Bradley Lake, at roughly 225 acres, is the smallest of the chain of lakes that lie at the base of the Teton Range.

There are number of paths leading to the shores of the lake where wading and swimming are permitted. Keep in mind that the waters are pretty chilly even in the summer. The views are off the charts here!

It is a good idea to find a spot and take a break at this point. Rest and refuel your body (perfect time for a snack or lunch). Above all, soak in the views!

When you are ready to head back to the trail, you will continue hiking on Bradly Lake Trail. At this point, you be starting to head back and continue south.

Now, continue for about 1.5 miles.

Be on the look out for some great views of Taggart Lake laying 300 feet below.

The trail will continue along Taggart Lake allowing you to get close to the lake for more photo opportunities.

At 3.6 miles, you will reach a footbridge over and inlet. Cross the footbridge and continue heading south. At this point, you will be hiking on Beaver Creek Trail.

The views of Taggart Lake and the Cathedral Group will be replaced by sweeping views over meadows and Jackson Hole. It is a great stretch of the hike and you should be on the lookout for wildlife.

Continue for about 1.6 miles until you reach the Taggart Lake Trailhead where you started.

 

 

NUMBER 17

CASCADE CANYON TRAIL TO LAKE SOLITUDE  –

AWSOME HIKE IN GRAND TETON THROUGH CASCADE CANYON TO GLACIAL MORAINE OF LAKE SOLITUDE

 

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Cascade Canyon Trail to Lake Solitude in Grand Teton National Park.

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  • Roundtrip Distance: 15 miles
  • Trail Location: Jenny Lake Trailhead
  • Time: 8 hours
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

The hike through Cascade Canyon all the way to Lake Solitude, in my opinion, is one of the best hikes in Grand Teton National Park.

You will get to see the breathtaking views of Jenny Lake, stop by Hidden Falls, reach Inspiration Point, hike through the beautiful Cascade Canyon alongside Cascade Creek, and then finally you will reach the top of the glacial moraine that forms Lake Solitude.

This is a longer hike, but if you are up to it, then this hike needs to be on your list, if you are planning your itinerary to Grand Teton National Park!

 

HOW TO GET TO CASCADE CANYON TRAIL TO LAKE SOLITUDE

 

The hike to Cascade Canyon starts at the Jenny Lake Trailhead.

To get to the trailhead, turn west off Teton Park Road at the South Jenny Lake Junction. The junction is located about 7.7 miles north of Moose Junction.

Once you get to the junction , proceed for no more than 0.5 miles to a large parking lot located next to Jenny Lake Visitor Center.

Next, take the Jenny Lake boat shuttle across Jenny Lake. Shuttles run every 10-15 minutes and cost $18 for a round-trip and $10 for a one-way trip. Check Jenny Lake Boating for any changes to prices and schedules! Purchase your ticket at the Jenny Lake East Boat Dock, hop on the shuttle and you will reach the Jenny Lake West Boat Dock in no more than 15 minutes.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CASCADE CANYON TRAIL TO LAKE SOLITUDE

 

Once you get to the Jenny Lake West Boat Dock follow the signs for the Cascade Canyon Trailhead.

Next, start your hike along Cascade Canyon Trail.

First, you will be hiking through a forested area, however, pretty soon, you will cross over Cascade Canyon Creek and the area will open up.

At about 0.5 miles from the Cascade Canyon Trailhead, you will reach the short trail leading to Hidden Falls.

At this point, if you have not see Hidden Falls yet, then make left and proceed to Hidden Falls. It is a beautiful waterfall that drops 100 feet in a series of cascades.

When you are ready, turn around and traced your steps back to Cascade Canyon Trail. Once you are back on the trail, turn right and continue your hike to Inspiration Point. This section of the hike goes at a moderate ascent over a rugged, rocky trail. It is a short section and it is all worth the extra effort!

As you gradually gain elevation, the famous Cathedral Group will come into your view.

At 1.1 miles from the Cascade Canyon Trailhead, you will reach Inspiration Point. The views are awesome! Right in front of you will be Jenny Lake and Jackson Hole, and to the east, you will see the Gros Ventre Range.

Next, follow Cascade Canyon Trail. The elevation gain is gradual. Pretty soon, you will reach the entrance to Cascade Canyon.

 

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Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton National Park.

 

For a couple of miles, you will be going through huckleberry and thimbleberry patches. So be on the lookout for moose and black bears. Make sure to make some noise and make your presence known.

As you hike, the canyon becomes narrower.

At about 1.9 miles from the Cascade Canyon Trailhead, you will get to a section with large boulders. To your left, Mount Owen, standing at 12,928 feet, will be towering over the canyon.

At 2.6 miles, you will get to a stunning area with several ponds.

As you continue your hike, you will start going through a more wooded section of the canyon.

At about 5 miles, you will finally get to the Forks of Cascade Canyon. Turn left and continue on the North Fork of Cascade canyon and onto Lake Solitude.

 

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The North Fork of Cascade Canyon leading to Lake Solitude.

 

You will be hiking along the North Fork of Cascade Creek over a rocky and rugged trail.

At about 0.5 miles from the forks, the forest will start thinning out and you will be out in the open.

If you are hiking in late July or early August, then you will get to enjoy the beautiful and colorful meadows dotted with a variety of flowers.

As you continue your hike, the trail becomes more strenuous and the canyon narrows.

At about 7.5 miles from the trailhead, you will reach the top of the glacial moraine that forms Lake Solitude.

 

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Lake Solitude in Grand Canyon National Park.

 

And finally, at about 7.7 miles from the trailhead, you will get the lake. It is a perfect spot! So take your time and relax and soak in the views.

When you are ready to head back, simply retrace your steps all the way to where you started at the Jenny Lake Trailhead.

 

 

ESSENTIAL HIKING GEAR

 

I know what you are thinking! Essential hiking gear… But, seriously, I have seen many people hiking in their flip flops, without any sun protection, and above all with no water.

So here is reminder to make sure to have essential hiking gear if you are planning to do some hiking:

 

  • Appropriate footwear – trail shoes are great; hiking boots are even better since they offer more support.

 

  • Plenty of water – without enough water your body’s muscles and organs simply cannot perform as well. Consuming too little water will not only make you thirsty, but susceptible to hypothermia and altitude sickness.

 

  • Food – food will help keep up energy and morale.

 

  • Rain gear and extra clothing – the weatherman is not always right. Be prepared for unannounced rain or a cold spell. Dress in layers. It will allow you to adjust to changing weather and activity levels. Two rules: avoid cotton (it keeps moisture close to your skin) and always carry a hat.

 

  • First aid kit – prepackaged first-aid kits for hikers are available at any outfitter.

 

  • Knife or multi-purpose tool – these enable you to cut strips of cloth into bandages, remove splinters, etc.

 

  • Sunscreen and sunglasses – especially in the summer time, you will need sunscreen to prevent sunburn.

 

  • Daypack/backpack – you need something you can carry comfortably and has the features designed to keep you hiking smartly. Don’t forget the rain cover; some packs come with one built-in.

 

  • Trash Bag – this will make sure that the trail will stay beautiful for generations to come. A zip-lock bag is a great option as well for keeping the trash you pick up along the trail separate from the rest of your gear.

 

 

 

INTREPID SCOUT’S POINTERS FOR THE ULTIMATE TOP HIKES IN GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK

 

That is quite a list of the top hikes in Grand Teton National Park, right?

What if you only have time to do a couple of hikes?

No problem! Here are my absolute 3 top hikes in Grand Teton National Park:

  • My favorite is Hermitage Point Trail. The views of the Teton Mountains are off the charts on this trail. Plus, fingers crossed, it is a perfect area to spot some wildlife.

 

  • Another one that I am recommending is Cascade Canyon Trail to Lake Solitude. It is a strenuous hike. But, so worth it. If you are up to it, then make it a part of your itinerary.

 

  • Finally do not skip Beaver Creek, Taggart Lake and Bradley Lake Loop Trail. You will love it! The views are awesome on this trail.

 

 

 

 

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Also, are you wondering where to stay in Grand Teton National Park? No problem! Check out my post: Where to Stay in Grand Teton National Park (with Prices for Every Budget).

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