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Cascade Canyon Trail

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Length


4.5 Miles 7.2 Kilometers


992' 302 m

Ascent

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Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

7,841' 2,390 m

High

6,850' 2,088 m

Low

Shared By Tom Robson

Conditions


All Clear 22 hours ago
Dry History

Getting forecast...

Views abound on this initially difficult, then quite easy trail.

Tom Robson

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Summer 2015 - The trail from Hidden Falls to Inspiration Point will be closed. In order to access Jenny Lake, one must use the Jenny Lake - Cascade Canyon Connector.

Description

Starting from the Jenny Lake 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' water fall.

After the falls, the trail heads straight up, and ascends multiple switchbacks until you reach Inspiration Point - a viewpoint providing outstanding views of Jenny Lake and the surrounding Teton Mountains. From Inspiration Point, the trail becomes very mellow, and works its way west through deep woods.

Cascade Canyon was formed during the last glacial maximum by a retreating glacier. Evidence of the historic glacier can be found through polished glacial erratics, hanging cirques, and its general U-shape.

Flora & Fauna

Mammals:
  • Pika
  • Marmot
  • Moose
  • Black Bears
  • Grizzly Bears

Birds:
  • American Dippers
  • Harlequin Ducks
  • Western Tanagers
  • Ruby-Crowned Kinglets
  • Yellow-Rumped Warblers
  • Golden Eagles
  • Steller’s Jays
  • Gray Jays
  • Golden-Crowned Kinglets
  • Dark-Eyed Juncos
  • Townsend’s Warblers

Flora:
  • Dense conifer forest
  • Open meadows of wildflowers
  • As elevation increases, wildflowers abound while trees become stunted and eventually shrub-like.


Be on the lookout for moose on this hike, we saw three!

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Elizabeth A
A little bit of a hike at the beginning but turns out to be an easy trail with beautiful views. Kid-friendly too. 4mi

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  4.9 from 20 votes

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