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Located south of Yellowstone National Park in the northwestern section of the U.S. state of Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park has 200 miles of trails. Whether you like short and easy hikes or challenging trails, here are the 17 most scenic hikes in Grand Teton National Park where you are guaranteed to see wildlife and breathtaking scenery.

These 17 most scenic hikes in Grand Teton are designated as either easy, moderate, or strenuous to help you decide which ones would be the best for your fitness level:

  • Easy Hikes – these hikes are usually mostly flat with very little elevation change. There are no steep hills or inclines on these hikes. They are perfect for the entire family. Some might be a little longer, however, you can shorten them to make sure they are enjoyable for everyone.
  • Moderate Hikes – these hikes are usually longer in distance and have more inclines, hills, or elevation changes. However, these hikes are manageable by anyone who is moderately active. My recommendation is to have hiking poles for these hikes.
  • Strenuous Hikes –  these are hard hikes. Usually, these strenuous trails have many inclines or steep hills, or a long, steady climb and can be managed by anyone in good physical condition. My recommendation is to have sturdy hiking shoes with tread and hiking poles.

Without further ado, here are the 17 most scenic hikes in Grand Teton National Park.

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Grand Teton National Park At-A-Glance

Before diving in, here are a few highlights to help you plan your trip:

  • Best Time to Visit Grand Teton National Park

Hands down, summer is the best (and most popular) time to visit Grand Teton National Park. The weather is warm and all park facilities are open. However, my favorite time to visit is early to mid-September. The weather can be awesome in the fall and it is a great time to avoid the crowds and find some solitude on the trails.

  • Where to Stay in or near Grand Teton

Nothing beats staying inside the park! There are several great lodges inside the park. However, you need to make reservations well in advance. If all the lodges are booked, then there are a few places that I stayed at, and I highly recommend them. In addition, there are great campsites inside the park as well. To sum up, before you make any reservations, make sure to check out my post Where to Stay in Grand Teton: 7 Amazing Places to Stay.

  • How to Get to Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park is located in northwestern Wyoming and the closest airports to Grand Teton National Park are Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) – 8 min, Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA) – 2 hours, and 11 min, Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) – 5 hours. Now, Salt Lake City International Airport is a major airport and all major airlines fly into this area from large cities all over the U.S. and internationally. Use Skyscanner to browse flights and find the best price.

  • How to Get Around in Grand Teton National Park

There is no shuttle service in the park and the best way to get around is by having your own car. I use dicovercars.com to browse deals on rental cars or rent an RV or campervan with Outdoorsy!

  • Intrepid Scout’s Tip:

It costs $30 to enter the park. The entrance pass is good for 7 consecutive days. If you are visiting several national parks then make sure to get America the Beautiful National Park Pass. This $80 pass is valid for 12 months and gets you into all 400+ national park sites!

Essential Hiking Gear in Grand Teton National Park

I have seen many people hiking in their flip-flops, without any sun protection, and above all with no water. So, here is a reminder to make sure to have the basic hiking gear for hiking in Grand Teton National Park:

  • Appropriate footwear

Trail shoes are great; hiking boots are even better since they offer more support. You’ll want sturdy, comfortable hiking boots with solid traction. Don’t forget to break in your shoes before bringing them to Grand Teton National Park. Also, do not forget merino wool socks. They will keep your feet dry, and protect you from blisters.

  • 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. I have been using Yeti Rumbler 26 oz insulated, stainless steel bottle, and I am highly recommending it!

  • Food

Food will help keep up energy and morale. I like RXBAR. It is a high-protein bar, gluten-free, and it is super yummy! Make sure to get a variety pack to keep it interesting.

  • 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. I have had my North Face Women’s Osito Triclimate Jacket for years, and I love it. Also, I am highly recommending these Patagonia moisture-wicking hiking shirts and Patagonia warm fleece pullovers.

  • First aid kit

Prepackaged first-aid kits for hikers are available at any outfitter.

  • Knife

A knife or even better, a multi-purpose tool is always good to have. These enable you to cut strips of cloth into bandages, remove splinters, etc.

  • Protect Yourself from the Sun

If you are hiking in the summer, keep in mind that many trails are unshaded, so it’s important to protect yourself from the sun. Sunscreen is essential, however, a lightweight long sleeve shirt is a must! My favorite are sun shirts by Columbia. Also, it is a good idea to wear lightweight long pants to protect yourself from the sun and bugs!

Wear sunglasses with UV protection. Sunglasses are an important part of your sun-protective wardrobe. When purchasing sunglasses, always look for lenses that offer UV protection.

A wide-brimmed hat is a simple and effective way to cover up your face and neck. When selecting a hat, choose one that has a wide brim, which will protect your ears, as well as your head and neck. Avoid baseball hats or straw hats with holes, as these are not as effective in protecting you outdoors.

  • Apply an effective insect repellent

Insect repellent is an important step against mosquitoes and ticks that can spread diseases like West Nile and Lyme.  When selecting an effective insect repellent, do not look at the brand names, but rather, look at the concentration of the active ingredients. Concentrations of DEET at 25 to 30% are the best to keep you protected.

  • 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. I have Osprey Daylite Daypack and it is perfect for day hiking.

  • Camera!!!

Grand Teton National Park is a photographer’s dream! If you are like me, you will be taking hundreds, if not thousands, of photos. The scenery is just breathtaking and constantly changing. I have a Nikon COOLPIX P1000 Super Telephoto Camera that I bought a couple of years ago and I really like it.

  • A spare battery for the camera

Make sure to have a spare battery for your camera. I think there is nothing more frustrating than knowing that you still have half a day ahead of you, yet your camera’s battery is gone.

  • Tripod

If you are taking photos during the golden hour (shortly after sunrise or before sunset) when the light is softer, a tripod is essential for long exposure shots. Also, I like a tripod since it gives me more stability when taking close-ups of wildlife. I have Manfrotto Befree Live Carbon Fiber Tripod with Fluid Head. It is only 3.0 pounds and it fits nicely in my backpack.

  • Binoculars!

If your camera does not have a good zoom, then binoculars are a must. I know that luck will be on your side and you will see a moose and a bison, and hopefully a black bear, and what to treat to see them up close.

  • 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.

  • Bear spray

Bear Spray is an essential safety item for hiking in Grand Teton National Park. If you are flying into Grand Teton National Park, then keep in mind that you will not able to take it on the plane with you. However, there are plenty of places to buy it once you get to Grand Teton. If you are driving, then buy bear spray ahead of time to save money.

IMPORTANT: How to Stay Safe in Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park is home to a variety of wildlife, including black and grizzly bears. Both thrive in the various ecosystems that make up Grand Teton and can be found in all areas of the park.

Bears are wild animals. It is extremely important that you take some precautions and stay safe! Here are some tips on 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 backcountry. It is used defensively to stop an aggressive, charging, or attacking bear.

Source: NPS

Most Scenic Hikes in Grand Teton

Map of Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes Trail. Image Credit: National Park Service

Most Scenic Hikes in Grand Teton 

17 Most Scenic Hikes in Grand Teton National Park You Need to Explore

NUMBER 1

Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes Trail

Map of Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes Trail

Map of Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes Trail. Image Credit: National Park Service

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

The trail leading to Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes is one of the best hikes in Grand Teton with breathing and ever-changing scenery. The trail goes along String Lake, then Leigh Lake, and Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes. It is a 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 to 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 than 0.4 miles until you reach the Leigh Lake Trailhead.

What You Need to Know Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes Hike

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. 

A Quick Read: 

What is the Cathedral Group in Grand Teton National Park? The Cathedral Group in 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).

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

String Lake in Grand Teton

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

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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. The views are awesome!

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.

Leigh Lake in Grand Teton National Park

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. The views are awesome!

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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, 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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NUMBER 2

Jenny Lake Loop Trail

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Map of Jenny Lake Loop Trail. Image Credit: National Park Service

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  • 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! It is a very popular hike, so do not expect any solitude on this hike.

My recommendation is to start the 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 a counter clock-wise 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 clock-wise, going north, along the eastern shore of Jenny Lake.

What You Need to Know About Jenny Lake Loop Trail

Jenny Lake Loop Trail is one of the most scenic hikes in Grand Teton that meanders along the shore of Jenny Lake. The hike pretty much stays flat, with minimal elevation change. However, there are a few sections 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.

Jenny Lake in Grand Teton

Jenny Lake Loop Trail is a beautiful hike that meanders along the shore of Jenny Lake. You will get to catch some awesome views of Teewinot Mountain, Mount Owen, Cascade Canyon, and Mount Moran, just to name a few.

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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.

String Lake in Grand Teton

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.

String Lake in Grand Teton

Jenny Lake Loop Trail is one of the most scenic hikes in Grand Teton. 

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 the 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. 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.

Cascade Canyon Creek in Grand Teton

Next, continue your hike and soon you will reach a footbridge over Cascade Canyon Creek.

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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

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Map of Beaver Creek and Taggart Lake Loop Trail. Image Credit: National Park Service

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  • 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 counterclockwise.

How to Get to Beaver Creek and Taggart Lake Loop Trail

Beaver Creek and Taggart Lake Loop Trail start at the Taggart Lake Trailhead. The Taggart Lake Trailhead is located about 2.3 miles north of 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. 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, refuel your body (perfect time for a snack or lunch) and soak in the views.

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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, refuel your body (perfect time for a snack or lunch) and soak in the views.

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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

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Map of Phelps Lake Loop Trail. Image Credit: National Park Service

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

Phelps Lake Overlook Trail 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 than 9-10 am to secure a parking spot.

My recommendation is to hike in a 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.

A Quick Read:

What is 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 the 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 and take Woodland Trail to Phelps Lake. It is no more than a 1.3-mile hike before you 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.

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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.

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

Phelps Lake in Grand Teton

Phelps Lake Loop Trail is one of the most scenic hikes in Grand Teton! The views along the way are stunning.

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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 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 Huckleberry 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 to the LSR Visitor Center where you started your hike.

NUMBER 5

Death Canyon Trail to Patrol Cabin

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Map of Death Canyon Trail to Patrol Cabin. Image Credit: National Park Service

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  • 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 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 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.

Intrepid’s Tip:

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 to Patrol Cabin

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 through beautiful meadows. However, the hike becomes slightly more challenging here and starts 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 miles 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.

Intrepid’s Tip:

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 trail drops down and you lose 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.

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 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!

Death Canyon Trail in Grand Teton

Death Canyon Trail up to the Death Canyon Patrol Cabin is a strenuous hike. The bottom line, you will cover around 1,100 feet in elevation gain in the next 2.2 miles! However, the views along the way, make this trail one of the most scenic hikes in Grand Teton.

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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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Patrol Cabin 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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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. I hope you find some solitude here and get to relax and enjoy the views!

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

NUMBER 6

Alaska Basin Trail to Static Peak Divide

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Map of Alaska Basin Trail to Static Peak Divide. Image Credit: National Park Service

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  • 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 to Static Peak Divide

Alaska Basin Trail to Static Peak Divide 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.

What You Need to Know About Alaska Basin Trail to Static Peak Divide

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 starts a pretty strenuous ascent. As you head west, you will be hiking into the Jededah Smith Wilderness.

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

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Alaska Basic Trail to Static Peak Divide is a strenuous hike, however, it is one of the most scenic hikes in Grand Teton. 

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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. 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.

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

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Map of Cascade Canyon Trail. Image Credit: National Park Service

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  • 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 to 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.

 

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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 is a beautiful waterfall that drops 100 feet in a series of cascades.

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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.

View from Inspiration Point in Grand Teton

The view from Inspiration Point is awesome!

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

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. 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 by 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

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Map of Two Ocean Lake Loop Trail. Image Credit: National Park Service

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

I like Two Ocean Lake Loop Trail. It is a peaceful and easy trail that loops around Two Ocean Lake. It goes through 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 from 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 lookout 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 counterclockwise 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 wanders off away from the lake.

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The trail goes through meadows and forested areas. The scenery constantly changes on this trail. It goes close to the shore and then it wanders off away from the lake.

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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.

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 some forested areas.

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

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

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Map of Phelps Lake Overlook Trail. Image Credit: National Park Service

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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.

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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 through beautiful meadows. However, the hike becomes slightly more challenging here and starts 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 miles 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.

Phelps Lake Overlook

At 1.0 miles 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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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

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Map of Surprise Lake and Amphitheater Lake Trail. Image Credit: National Park Service

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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 of 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.

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The first 1.5 miles of 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.

Bradley and Taggart Lakes in Grand Teton

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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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.

It might be a good idea to take a break at this point and enjoy the views!

Surprise Lake in Grand Teton

Turn right at the junction and continue towards Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes. At about 4.8 miles, you will reach Surprise Lake. It might be a good idea to take a break at this point and enjoy the views!

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

Amphitheater Lake in Grand Teton

Next, continue for no more than 0.3 miles until you reach Amphitheater Lake. The views from Amphitheater Lake are pretty spectacular!

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

Intrepid’s Tip:

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 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! Plus, the views are stunning!

Delta Lake in Grand Teton

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 worth it though.

Delta Lake in Grand Teton

If you are looking for some solitude, then that is the place to go! Plus, the views are stunning!

NUMBER 11

Hermitage Point Trail

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Map of Hermitage Point Trail. Image Credit: National Park Service

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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 easy hikes in Grand Teton National Park. It offers unsurpassed views of the Grand Tetons. Hands down, it is one of the most scenic hikes in Grand Teton!

The hike to Hermitage Point is mostly flat, except for a few short sections 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 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.

Heron Pond in Grand Teton

Heron Pond is quite a sight when it is covered with lilies. Moreover, be on the lookout for wildlife.

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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.

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Hermitage Point in Grand Teton National Park. In my opinion, at this point, you will get some of the best views of the Grand Tetons.

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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 brave the incline, check out the great views of the 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!

A Quick Read:

5 Fast Facts About Moose:

  • Moose are huge! The average female weighs 771 lbs and the 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 underwater and stay underwater for up to 30 seconds!
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Moose are huge! The average female weighs 771 lbs and the male 881 lbs.

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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.

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

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

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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

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Map of Paintbrush Canyon and Paintbrush Divide Trail. Image Credit: National Park Service

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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 stunning views along the way. However, it is a strenuous, uphill walk almost the entire way through the canyon.

Be prepared for snow and ice which can linger in the higher elevations 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.

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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.

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.

Paintbrush Canyon Trail in Grand Teton

Paintbrush Canyon and Paintbrush Divide Trail is one of the most scenic hikes in Grand Teton. Right from the start, you will get to enjoy some stunning views of the famous Cathedral Group

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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 your hike through the forest, the trail starts going at a steady incline.

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

Paintbrush Canyon Trail

Stunning views along Paintbrush Canyon and Paintbrush Divide Trail.

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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.

Paintbrush Canyon Trail in Grand Teton

Picturesque Holly Lake is a perfect spot to enjoy the views and catch your breath. 

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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.

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.

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I would not be surprised if you find snow in July or August along Paintbrush Canyon and Paintbrush Divide Trail. 

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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.

The views are off 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.

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Hands down, Paintbrush Canyon and Paintbrush Divide Trail is one of the most scenic hikes in Grand Teton. 

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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

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Map of Marion Lake Loop Trail Via Aerial Tram. Image Credit: National Park Service

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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.

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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.

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Aerial Tram to Marion Lake Loop Trail. 

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My recommendation is to do the loop counterclockwise. However, you can do it clockwise 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.

In 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 Loop Trail Via Aerial Tram.

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Marion Lake is a beautiful glacial lake and a perfect spot to take 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

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Map of  String Lake Loop Trail. Image Credit: National Park Service

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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.

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

String Lake in Grand Teton

String Lake Loop Trail in Grand Teton National Park. 

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

String Lake in Grand Teton

Stunning views along String Lake Loop Trail in Grand Teton National Park. 

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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.

String Lake in Grand Teton

Mount Moran on String Lake Loop Trail in Grand Teton National Park.

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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

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Map of String, Leigh, Bearpaw, and Trapper Lakes Loop Trail. Image Credit: National Park Service

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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 one of my favorite hikes in Grand Teton National Park. The trail goes along 4 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 start 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

Start your 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.

A Quick Read: 

Did you know that Mt 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 during 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.

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

Leigh Lake in Grand Teton

One of the most scenic hikes in Grand Teton is String, Leigh, Bearpaw, and Trapper Lakes Loop Trail. 

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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.

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View of Mount Moran on String, Leigh, Bearpaw, and Trapper Lakes Loop Trail. 

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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 slightly to the 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 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

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Map of Beaver Creek, Taggart Lake, and Bradley Lake Loop Trail. Image Credit: National Park Service

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  • 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 counterclockwise.

How to Get to Beaver Creek, Taggart Lake, and Bradley 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 of the Moose Entrance Station.

What You Need to Know About Beaver Creek, Taggart Lake, and Bradley 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. 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, Taggart Lake, and Bradley Lake Loop Trail in Grand Teton National Park.

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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.

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 several 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 are starting to head back and continue south.

Now, continue for about 1.5 miles. Be on the lookout 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.

Taggart Lake in Grand Teton

Taggart Lake in Grand Teton National Park.

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At 3.6 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 17

Cascade Canyon Trail to Lake Solitude

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Map of Cascade Canyon Trail to Lake Solitude Trail. Image Credit: National Park Service

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

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

You will get to admire 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 seen Hidden Falls yet, then make a 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 Trail to Lake Solitude Trail is a hard hike, however, the views along the way are breathtaking!

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

Lake Solitude in Grand Teton

Stunning Lake Solitude in Grand Teton National Park.

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And finally, at about 7.7 miles from the trailhead, you will get to 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 to where you started at the Jenny Lake Trailhead.

Intrepid Scout's Tips for Most Scenic Hikes in Grand Teton National Park

That is quite a list of the most scenic 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.

Here are a few important tips for hiking in Grand Teton National Park:

  • Parking is limited at all trailheads. Make sure to start your day early and be at the trailhead no later than 8 am.
  • Most trails can only be hiked from June to September. Always check Grand Teton National Park website for updates regarding trail conditions or trail closures.
  • Grand Teton National Park is home to a variety of wildlife, including black and grizzly bears. Make sure to keep your distance from all wildlife and follow the rules for staying safe around bears.
  • Buy America the Beautiful Pass before heading out to Grand Teton National Park. It is a great investment. For only $80, you get unlimited access to any national park for a full year.

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