The awe-inspiring Teton Mountain Range in Jackson Hole, WY serves much more than just aesthetic purposes. There are also several ways to explore this rugged and breathtaking landscape, including spectacular hiking opportunities. Whether you’re looking for a heart-pumping workout or simply want to relax and take in the sights, these spots for hiking in Grand Teton National Park are ideal for an exciting and unforgettable day in the great outdoors.
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10 of the Best Places for Hiking in Grand Teton National Park
1. Death Canyon
Don’t let the name of this trail scare you! Death Canyon is perfect for a peaceful hike through the pine forest and overlooks the picturesque Phelps Lake. The trail is 13.5 miles long and guests can expect to come across a variety of wildlife along the way. Keep an eye out for moose feeding on willows near the creek! This trailhead is in the southern part of Grand Teton National Park along the beautiful Moose-Wilson Road and is easily accessible from the Bentwood Inn.
2. Inspiration Point
True to its name, Inspiration Point is one of the most popular destinations for hiking in Grand Teton National Park. The trail offers outstanding views of Jenny Lake, Jackson Hole, and the Gros Ventre Mountain Range. Along the way, hikers can stop at Hidden Falls and experience the beauty of a 200-foot waterfall. Inspiration Point is either a relatively easy hike around Jenny Lake from the parking lot or can be combined with a boat ride across the lake, making the hiking time even shorter. Be sure to bring your camera!
3. Cascade Canyon Trail
This popular hike through Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton is an exciting 10 miles round trip journey. Explorers will pass through huckleberry and wild raspberry patches, large boulder fields, and a series of ponds that are the perfect foreground for the looming mountains above.
4. Teton Crest Trail
This 39-mile trail features alpine meadows, glaciers, lakes, and stunning vistas, with much of the trail rarely dipping below 8,000 feet. Backpackers can hike the entire length of the trail in about three days and can unbelievable views and plenty of opportunities for exploration. Be sure to look over a Teton Crest Trail Map before you head out.
5. Granite Canyon Trail
The Granite Canyon Trail loop begins from the Aerial Tramway in Teton Village, offering the benefit of starting at a high elevation and working your way down. On the way up, you’ll have a bird’s-eye view of Jackson Hole, Jackson Lake, Grand Teton, and 10,927-foot Rendezvous Peak. The trail is about 12 miles long and although primarily descending from the top of the tram, can be strenuous in certain areas, making it ideal for experienced hikers.
6. Amphitheater Lake Hike
Visitors can hike the Amphitheater Lake Hike for a stunning view of Grand Teton and 12,928-foot Mt. Owen through the trees. Black bear sightings are quite common along this route, and while they’re fascinating to watch from a safe distance, can be dangerous if approached. Be sure to travel in groups of three or more, make a lot of noise, and carry bear spray just in case!
7. Paintbrush Canyon
On this 21.7-mile backcountry loop, hikers will cross a marshy area west of String Lake (be on the lookout for moose!), then head north across sage-covered foothills before climbing over 4,000 feet through the forest. Paintbrush Canyon is perfect for a multi-day adventure that you’ll be talking about for years to come.
8. Static Peak Divide
Beginning from the Death Canyon Trailhead, the hike to Static Peak Divide is well worth the trek. At an elevation of 10,790 feet, this the highest mountain pass along any trail in Grand Teton National Park. Static Peak got its name because of how often it’s struck by lightning, so plan to turn around before noon in order to avoid the thunderstorms that frequent the mountains in the summertime.
9. Jenny Lake Trail
The Jenny Lake Trail in Grand Teton is roughly 7.7-miles of panoramic views and waterfront scenery. When you arrive at the trailhead, you can choose to follow the paved path either clockwise or counterclockwise. Those who have blazed this trail before recommend starting counterclockwise since the lighting in the mountains towards the west is much better during the earlier part of the day.
10 Hidden Falls Trail
Beginning at the Jenny Lake Trailhead, the Hidden Falls Trail in Grand Teton boasts spectacular views of the mountains’ second largest lake and rewards hikers with a beautiful waterfall at the end. These falls are some of the most visited in the Teton Mountains, so don’t forget to bring your cameras!
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