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11 Easy Hikes in Grand Teton National Park

 

11 EASY HIKES IN GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK
(with MAPS and PHOTOS)

 

Grand Teton National Park is a hiker’s paradise.

Here are 11 EASY hikes in Grand Teton National Park where you are guaranteed to see wildlife and breathtaking scenery.

Looking for more challenging hikes? No problem! Check out my post 17 Best Grand Teton Trails.

There are other things to do besides hiking the Grand Teton Trails!

For a break from the hiking trails in Tetons, make sure to put Grand Teton Scenic Drive on your Grand Teton itinerary. This scenic drive will take you to some of the best viewpoints in Grand Teton National Park.

 

 

 

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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Following are some posts to get you inspired about Grand Teton and help you plan a great trip to the national park:

 

  1. 42-Mile Scenic Drive in Grand Teton National Park
  2. 17 Best Hikes in Grand Teton National Park
  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
  6. Best Places to Photograph Wildlife in Grand Teton National Park

 

NUMBER 1

JENNY LAKE LOOP TRAIL –

ONE OF THE BEST BEGINNER HIKING TRAILS IN GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK

 

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

Image Source: 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 Jenny Lake Loop Trail that goes around the perimeter of the lake is a one of the classic beginner trails that needs to be on your list.

It is a very popular hike, so, unfortunately, 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, keep in mind that Jenny Lake Scenic Road passes close to the eastern shore of the lake and traffic and noise will increase during the day.

Moreover, my recommendation is to hike Jenny Lake Loop Trail in counter-clockwise direction for the best views of the mountains.

 

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-clockwise, going north, along the eastern shore of Jenny Lake.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT JENNY LAKE LOOP TRAIL

 

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

 

Jenny Lake Loop Trail is a beautiful trail 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.

Make sure to 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.

 

NUMBER 1

DID YOU KNOW THAT JENNY LAKE WAS NAMED AFTER SHOSHONE INDIAN WOMAN?

  • They married in 1863. Jenny was 16 years old at the time and came from Eastern Shoshone Chief Washakie’s band. The ceremony was performed by a minister, but with no existing records, the bride’s Shoshone name is not known. Dick gave her the English name of Jenny.
  • In the winter of 1876, when an Indian woman seeking food visited the Leighs. They did not know that she had been infected with smallpox. All of the Leigh family as well as another hunter caught the disease. Between Christmas Eve and Dec. 28, 1876, all of Beaver Dick’s family (six children and Jenny) died; he and the hunter barely survived.

Credit: Wyoming History 

 

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 that goes over the outlet. Cross the footbridge and continue your hike.

At about 3.4 miles form the trailhead, you will get to the Jenny Lake Trail Junction. Bear left and continue your hike. Gradually, the trail will start going south along the western side of the lake.

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

At about 4.7 miles from the trailhead, you will pass by the trail that leads to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. This is a perfect opportunity to make a small detour and see Hidden Falls Grand Teton and then hike to Inspiration Point.

Next, continue your hike and soon you will reach another footbridge that goes 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.

 

 

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Easy Hikes in Grand Teton National Park

Easy Hikes in Grand Teton National Park

 

 

NUMBER 2

HIDDEN FALLS AND INSPIRATION POINT TRAIL –

ONE OF THE EASY SHORT TETONS BEST HIKES

 

Map of Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point Trail in Grand Teton National Park
Map of Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point Trail in Grand Teton National Park

Image Source: National Park Service

  • Roundtrip Distance: 2.2 miles
  • Trail Location: Jenny Lake Trailhead
  • Time: 1-2 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy

Hands down, if you are visiting Grand Teton National Park, then Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point Trail is a classic hike that needs to be on your list.

 

HOW TO GET TO HIDDEN FALLS AND INSPIRATION POINT TRAIL

 

The hike to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point 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.

 

NUMBER 2

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT JENNY LAKE BOAT SHUTTLE

 

  • Shuttles run every 10-15 minutes
  • Tickets cost $18 for a round-trip and $10 for a one-way trip
  • Purchase your ticket at the Jenny Lake East Boat Dock
Jenny Lake East Boat Dock
Jenny Lake East Boat Dock

 

Now, if you do not feel like taking the shuttle across the lake, then you can hike to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. The hike goes in a clock-wise direction around the shore of Jenny Lake. It starts at Jenny Lake Trailhead. It is a 2.4-mile hike from Jenny Lake Trailhead to the Jenny Lake West Boat Dock.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HIDDEN FALLS AND INSPIRATION POINT 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.

 

Hidden Falls in Grand Teton National Park
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, turn right and continue your hike to Inspiration Point. This section of the hike goes at a sharp ascent over a rugged, rocky trail. However, 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.

 

Inspiration Point in Grand Teton National Park
Inspiration Point in Grand Teton National Park.

 

NUMBER 2

FAST FACTS ABOUT JENNY LAKE

  • Jenny Lake was formed approximately 12,000 years ago by glaciers pushing rock debris which carved Cascade Canyon
  • Jenny Lake is estimated to be 256 feet deep and it encompasses 1,191 acres

Source: Wikipedia

 

When you are ready to head back, simply retrace your steps. Again, you have a few options how to get back to the Jenny Lake Trailhead where you started. You can hike back or you can take the boat shuttle.

 

 

NUMBER 3

PHELPS LAKE OVERLOOK TRAIL –

EASY HIKING TRAIL WITH AWESOME VIEWS OF THE GRAND TETONS

 

Map of Phelps Lake Overlook Trail in Grand Teton National Park
Map of Phelps Lake Overlook Trail in Grand Teton National Park.

Image Source: National Park Service

  • 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 hikes in Tetons.

 

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

 

Phelps Lake Overlook in Grand Teton National Park
Phelps Lake Overlook in Grand Teton National Park.

 

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.

 

 

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 4

STRING LAKE LOOP TRAIL –

ONE OF THE EASY HIKES IN GRAND TETON THAT OFFERS BREATHTAKING SCENERY

 

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

Image Source: National Park Service

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

String Lake Loop Trail is one of my favorite Grand Teton trails. 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-clockwise 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

 

String Lake Loop Trail in Grand Tetons National Park
String Lake Loop Trail in Grand Tetons National Park.

 

The trail starts along the eastern shore of the 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.

 

NUMBER 4

WHAT IS CATHEDRAL GROUP IN GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK?

 

  • The Cathedral Group is a group of classic alpine peaks, with pyramidal shapes caused by glacial motion
  • The group comprises of eight out of ten tallest peaks in the Teton Range and it includes:
    • Grand Teton (13,770)
    • Mount Owen (12, 928)
    • Middle Teton (12,804)
    • South Teton (12, 514)
    • Teewinot Mountain (12,325)
    • Teepee Pillar (12,266)
    • Cloudveil Dome (12,026)
    • and Buck Mountain (11,938)

 

The Cathedral Group in Grand Teton National Park
The Cathedral Group in Grand Teton National Park.

 

 

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.

At 0.5 miles, you will come to the Leigh Lake Trailhead.

At 1.4 miles, you will get to the Bearpaw Lake Trail Junction and the footbridge. Cross the footbridge and continue on String Lake Grand Teton Trail. At this point, the trail veers away from the lake and goes through the forest.

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

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 5

BEAVER CREEK AND TAGGART LAKE LOOP TRAIL –

ONE OF THE EASY BEST GRAND TETON HIKES FOR WILDLIFE

 

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

Image Source: 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 an easy hike with one of the best views in Tetons. In addition, it is one of the easy best Grand Teton hikes for wildlife.

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 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.

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

 

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

 

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. 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. You will start hiking south.

In about 0.1 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 6

STRING LAKE AND LEIGH LAKE TRAIL –

ONE OF THE MOST PICTURESQUE EASY HIKES IN THE GRAND TETON

 

Map of String Lake and Leigh Lake Trail in Grand Teton National Park
Map of String Lake and Leigh Lake Trail in Grand Teton National Park.

Image Source: National Park Service

  • Roundtrip Distance: 5 miles
  • Trail Location: Leigh Lake Trailhead
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy

String Lake and Leigh Lake Trail is, hands down, one of the most picturesque easy hikes in Grand Teton National Park. It is a hike with little elevation change, perfect for the entire family.

Make sure to start early in the morning for the best views of the mountains reflected in the still waters of String and Leigh Lakes.

 

HOW TO GET TO STRING LAKE AND LEIGH LAKE TRAIL

 

String Lake and Leigh Lake Trail starts at the Leigh 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 String Lake Trailhead. Next, turn right and continue 0.5 miles to Leigh Lake Trailhead, which is located at the end of the road.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT STRING LAKE AND LEIGH LAKE TRAIL

 

String Lake and Leigh Lake Trail in Grand Teton National Park
String Lake and Leigh Lake Trail in Grand Teton National Park.

 

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. 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.

Next, continue straight (do not turn left, if you do, you will be on Lake String Loop Trail). So continue straight.

Now, you are hiking along the eastern shore of Lake Leigh. Leigh lake is the third largest lake in Grand Teton National Park and it is one of the deepest lakes, with the depth of 250 feet.

 

NUMBER 6

DID YOU KNOW THAT LAKE LEIGH WAS NAMED AFTER RICHARD ‘BEAVER DICK’ LEIGH?

 

  • Richard ‘Beaver Dick’ was an English-American trapper, scout, and guide at the end of the 19th Century
  • He has been called “possibly the West’s last mountain man”
  • Leigh Lake was named for Richard Leigh and Jenny Lake for his first wife, by Hayden’s expedition in 1872

 

Image Credit: Wyoming State Historical Society 

Richard 'Beaver Dick' with his family.
Richard ‘Beaver Dick’ with his family.

 

Now, keep in mind that you can stop and turn around at any point. However, my recommendation is to hike for about 1.4 miles until you reach a rocky beach that offers possibly the best views of the middle Tetons.

If you are ready to turn around and start going back, then simply retrace your steps. After about 1.4 miles, you will be back at the junction. Next, continue for about 1 mile until you reach the Leigh Lake Trailhead and the parking lot.

 

 

NUMBER 7

PHELPS LAKE LOOP TRAIL –

BEAUTIFUL EASY HIKE IN THE GRAND TETON WITH SCENIC LAKE VIEWS

 

Map of Phelps Lake Loop Trail in Grand Teton National Park
Map of 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

Phelps Lake Loop Trail is one of the best easy hikes In Grand Teton National Park. 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 7

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.
The Laurence S. Rockefeller Preserve in Grand Teton National Park
The Laurence S. Rockefeller Preserve in Grand Teton National Park

 

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.

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!

 

Phelps Lake Overlook in Grand Teton National Park
Phelps Lake Overlook in Grand Teton National Park.

 

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.

 

 

NUMBER 8

JACKSON LAKE LAKESHORE TRAIL –

ONE OF THE EASY TRAILS WITH THE MOST INCREDIBLE VIEWS OF THE TETON MOUNTAINS

 

Map of Jackson Lake Lakeshore Trail
Map of Jackson Lake Lakeshore Trail

Image Source: National Park Service

  • Roundtrip Distance: 2 miles
  • Trail Location: Colter Bay Visitor Center
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Difficulty: Easy

Jackson Lake Lakeshore Trail offer the most incredible views of the Teton Mountains across Jackson Lake.

The trail consists of two connecting loops: inner loop and outer loop. The inner loop and outer loop are located on the peninsula that forms Colter Bay.

 

HOW TO GET TO JACKSON LAKE LAKESHORE TRAIL

 

Jackson Lake Lakeshore Trail begins from the backside of the Colter Bay Visitor Center.

To get to the Colter Bay Visitor Center drive about 5.4 miles north from the Jackson Lake Junction. Next, turn left at the junction and continue for about 1 mile. You will be driving through Colter Bay Village until you reach the Colter bay Visitor Center.

The trailhead is located in the back of the visitor center.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT JACKSON LAKE LAKESHORE TRAIL

 

Jackson Lake Lakeshore Trail in Grand Teton National Park
Jackson Lake Lakeshore Trail in Grand Teton National Park.

 

Jackson Lake Lakeshore Trail starts in the back of the Colter Bay Visitor Center.

First, you will start your hike on the inner loop portion of Jackson Lake Lakeshore Trail. At about 0.4 miles, you will reach a path that connects the two loops. Bear right and continue on the outer loop portion of the Jackson Lake Lakeshore Trail.

At about 0.9 miles, the trail will take you to the end of the peninsula with a rocky beach and stunning views of the Tetons towering over Jackson Lake.

When you are ready to head back, continue on your outer loop portion of the trail. At about 1.5 miles you will reach the end of the outer loop. Bear right and start hiking on the inner loop portion of the trail.

At about 2 miles, you will reach the Colter Bay Visitor Center where you originally started your hike.

 

 

NUMBER 9

HERMITAGE POINT TRAIL –

ONE OF THE BEST EASY DAY HIKES WITH UNSURPASSED VIEWS OF THE GRAND TETONS

 

Map of Hermitage Point Trail in Grand Teton National Park
Map of Hermitage Point Trail in Grand Teton National Park.

Image Source: National Park Service

  • Roundtrip Distance: 10.0 miles
  • Trail Location: Colter Bay – Hermitage Point Trailhead
  • Time: 5 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Hermitage Point Trail  is one of my favorite easy Grand Teton trails. 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

 

Hermitage Point Trail in Grand Teton National Park
Hermitage Point Trail in Grand Teton National Park.

 

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.

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. Be on the lookout for moose!

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!

 

NUMBER 9

WHAT ARE TRUMPETER SWANS?

  • Trumpeter Swans are impressively large—males average over 26 pounds, making them North America’s heaviest flying bird. To get that much mass aloft the swans need at least a 100 meter-long “runway” of open water: running hard across the surface, they almost sound like galloping horses as they generate speed for take off
  • Trumpeter Swans take an unusual approach to incubation: they warm the eggs by covering them with their webbed feet

 

Source: All About Birds 

Trumpeter Swans in Grand Teton National Park
Trumpeter Swans 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 10

TWO OCEAN LAKE LOOP TRAIL –

ONE OF THE MOST PEACEFUL AND SECRET HIKES IN GRAND TETON

 

Map of Two Ocean Lake Loop Trail in Grand Teton National Park
Map of Two Ocean Lake Loop Trail in Grand Teton National Park.

Image Source: National Park Service

  • Roundtrip Distance: 6.4
  • 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

 

Two Ocean Lake Loop Trail in Grand Teton National Park
Two Ocean Lake Loop Trail in Grand Teton National Park.

 

You can hike this loop in any direction you want. However, I think, doing the loop counter-clockwise 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.

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 of the Tetons.

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 11

SCHWABACHER LANDING TRAIL –

ONE OF THE EASY HIKING TRAILS WITH A STUNNING REFLECTIONS OF GRAND TETONS IN THE SNAKE RIVER

 

Map of Schwabacher Landing Trail in Grand Teton National Park
Map of Schwabacher Landing Trail in Grand Teton National Park

Image Source: National Park Service

  • Roundtrip Distance: 1.3 miles
  • Trail Location: Schwabacher Landing
  • Time: 30 min – 1 hour
  • Difficulty: Easy

Schwabacher Landing Trail is one of my favorite easy hikes in Grand Teton National Park.

Here, you will see absolutely picture-perfect reflection of the Tetons in the still waters of Snake River. My recommendation is to be at Schwabacher Landing at sunrise to get the most stunning pictures (weather permitting!).

 

Schwabacher Landing in Grand Teton National Park
Schwabacher Landing in Grand Teton National Park.

 

HOW TO GET TO SCHWABACHER LANDING TRAIL

Schwabacher Landing Trailhead is located about 4 miles north of Moose Junction on HWY 191/89/26.

It is easy to miss the turn of HWY 191/89/26 that leads to the trailhead. So, make sure to slow down and be on the lookout for the sign pointing to Schwabacher Landing.

Once you make the turn, continue for about 1 mile. Unfortunately, it will be just a dirt road, so slow down and watch out for potholes.

The parking area is good size, so you should have not problems finding a spot to park your vehicle.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SCHWABACHER LANDING TRAIL

 

Schwabacher Landing Trail starts right at the parking lot. It will take you on a great hike along Snake River with the Tetons reflected in the water. So have your camera ready, because you will get some great photo opportunities.

At about two-tenths of a mile from the trailhead, you will get to a beaver dam. This spot is the best place to see some wildlife. Be on the lookout for moose and elk.

At about four-tenths of a mile, the trail narrows and starts going through the sagebrush. You can end your hike at this point, or continue. At about two-thirds of a mile, the trail ends. It is time to retrace your steps and get back to the trailhead.

 

 

ESSENTIAL GRAND TETON HIKING GEAR

 

I know what you are thinking! Essential hiking Grand Teton 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 on hiking Tetons:

 

  • Appropriate footwear – as a Grand Teton hiker, you need to invest into proper footwear. With this being the case, 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 EASY HIKES IN GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK

 

That is quite a list of easy 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 must-do 4 easy hikes in Grand Teton National Park:

  • Hands down, the number one must-do easy hike in Grand Teton National Park is Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point Trail. It is a classic that should not be missed!

 

  • Second, my favorite easy hike in Grand Teton National Park is Hermitage Point Trail. It offers unsurpassed views of the Tetons!

 

  • Third, do not miss Schwabacher Landing Trail at sunrise. It just doesn’t get any better than to see the Tetons reflected in the waters of Snake River. Make sure to check out my post: 42-Mile Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton National Park that lists all the spots with the most spectacular views of the mountain range.

 

  • Finally, if you your time allows, add to your list String and Leigh Lakes Trail. You will love it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Easy Hikes in Grand Teton National Park

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Comments:

2 thoughts on “11 EASY Hikes in Grand Teton (with MAPS and PHOTOS)


Les & Jill Taylor
2021-04-26

Anna,

We appreciate your rapid reply to our inquiry. e used Janet Chapple’s “Yellowstone Treasures” as our primary source in planning our detailed daily trip itineraries. It included pairs of mileage post (for use in either direction) of the distances between overlooks/pullouts for the main attractions. We had hoped that you might have compiled that information for your own visit or could perhaps recommend or suggest a reference source.
In planning all of our annual fall trips to the national parks of the US and Canada we start with the particular park(s) official website, TripAdvisor and Google articles.
Our small group (three senior couples) of retired teachers don’t hike as much or as far as we did in the past due to age and physical limitations. However, we will take the shuttle and hike to Hidden Falls and, perhaps Inspiration Point and around Mormon Row and Menor’s Ferry, to name two in GTNP.
Regards,
Jill & Les

    2021-04-26

    Hi Jill and Les,
    Sounds like you are great planners! I am the same way. I take time to plan and research each destination before I go. I truly enjoy the process. It makes the experience so much richer.
    Good luck with everything!
    Anna

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