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Lake Solitude

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Length


14.2 Miles 22.8 Kilometers


2,246' 684 m

Ascent

-2,246' -684 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

9,049' 2,758 m

High

6,808' 2,075 m

Low

Shared By Tom Robson

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An iconic National Park route slotted in arguably one of the most beautiful canyons in the country.

Tom Robson

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly This hike has it all... and kids will love the boat shuttle across Jenny Lake. If your party feels up to it, complete this entire route. Otherwise, you can turn around whenever necessary.

Overview

This iconic National Park route is slotted in arguably one of the most beautiful canyons in the country. Flanked by Teewinot Mountain and Mount Owen to the south, and "The Jaw" and Rock of Ages to the north, this hike hits all the high points. Whatever you're looking for from Grand Teton National Park, this route has it.

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Description

You've got a few options from the Jenny Lake trailhead for this hike:
Either way, the views of Tetons are incredible.

From the ferry drop-off, take Jenny Lake Trail south, avoiding Hidden Falls Horse Trail, across Cascade Creek to Cascade Canyon Trail. From the Jenny Lake trailhead take the Jenny Lake Trail either direction to Cascade Canyon Trail. Cascade Canyon Trail ascends very steeply heading west towards Lake Solitude. Prior to the trail turning north, enjoy the gorgeous views of Hidden Falls, an approximately 100' waterfall.

After the falls, the trail heads straight up, and ascends multiple switchbacks until you reach Inspiration Point - providing exquisite views of Jenny Lake and the surrounding Tetons. This is good turn-around point if you want a shorter hike. From Inspiration Point, the trail becomes very mellow, and works its way west through deep woods. Be on the lookout for evidence of this Canyon's glacial past in the form of glacial erratics, hanging cirques, and its U-shape.

Eventually, after some mellow climbing and increasingly beautiful views, Cascade Canyon Trail will hit a fork. This is another good place to turn around if you want to shorten the hike.

For Lake Solitude, turn right to start up North Fork Cascade Canyon. The first half of this trail, all the way to Lake Solitude, is quite easy. It features low angle, very straightforward hiking, except for a few spots where you'll be crossing large talus fields. Finally, after dipping in and out of the woods multiple times, the terrain will open-up to views across Lake Solitude.

From Lake Solitude there are sweeping views of the Cathedral Group - Teewinot Mountain (12,330'), Mount Owen (12,928'), and Grand Teton (13,775'). Be sure to enjoy a snack along with the views at the end of North Fork Cascade Canyon Spur. For those looking to get that "perfect" photograph of the aforementioned mountains, you may need to hike further on North Fork Cascade Canyon to the end of Lake Solitude Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Between the crags of the Tetons, ice age glaciers carved deep canyons. Today, the canyons contain dense coniferous forests and open meadows of wildflowers. As elevation increases, wildflowers abound while trees become stunted and eventually shrub-like.“Krummholz” (German for “crookedwood”) plants are dwarfed forms that are treelike at lower elevations.

From treeline to valley floor, forests provide cover and food for many mammal species. Look for elk, mule deer, martens, red squirrels, black bears and snowshoe hares. Moose are a common sighting near the creeks that line these beautiful canyons.

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Jul 20, 2018
Nam Vu
Jul 19, 2018
Ulic14 The Wanderer
15.4mi
Jul 18, 2018
Drew Powers
Stopped for lunch at the lake. One of the most beautiful, serene, gorgeous sights I’ve ever seen. Picturesque views of Grand the whole way. 15mi
Jul 14, 2018
Ian Williamson
Small patches of snow on North Fork Trail close to Lake solitude 14mi
Jul 12, 2018
Talia Wong
Jun 29, 2018
Yancy Piepenburg
Jun 29, 2018
Kris Soller
Jun 21, 2018
Maël Menguy
The lake was still frozen and there was a lot of snow on the track at the end of the trail.

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