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Cascade Canyon Trail

Intermediate

Trail

4.5 mile 7.2 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 992' 302 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 7,841' 2,390 m
Low: 6,850' 2,088 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

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Trail shared by Tom Robson with improvements by E Hart

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

Tom Robson

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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Sep 22, 2019
Cam H
Sep 22, 2019
Bile Hendensen
4mi — 3h 30m
Aug 22, 2019
Claire Hofbauer
Really beautiful and fun train. Small Wildlife (marmots, garden snakes, picas, squirrels, and cute chipmunk things) the whole way w/ moose sightings. 13.1mi — 4h 50m
Aug 20, 2019
Michael Prevatt
Aug 12, 2019
Anna Ortung
To the forks and back. With Mom and Dad until shortly after inspiration point 9mi
Aug 6, 2019
Alex Martin
Jul 13, 2019
Jake Westover
Jul 9, 2019
Sean Davis
4.5mi

Trail Ratings

  4.9 from 49 votes

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Photos

Beautiful views abound in Grand Teton National Park.
Apr 19, 2017 near Alta, WY
View of Cascade Canyon and trail with Cathedral Group in background.
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Image by the National Park Service (NPS).
Dec 23, 2014 near Jackson, WY
Cascades over Hidden Falls
Aug 18, 2015 near Jackson, WY
There were several nice waterfalls visible along the south side of the canyon.
Aug 20, 2018 near Alta, WY
It's just so pretty in Cascade Canyon.
Apr 19, 2017 near Alta, WY
Hidden Falls along the Jenny Lake Trail.
Jul 28, 2017 near Alta, WY

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