“Views abound on this initially difficult, then quite easy trail.
— Tom Robson
Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife
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
- Black Bears
- Grizzly Bears
- American Dippers
- Harlequin Ducks
- Western Tanagers
- Ruby-Crowned Kinglets
- Yellow-Rumped Warblers
- Golden Eagles
- Stellerâ€™s Jays
- Gray Jays
- Golden-Crowned Kinglets
- Dark-Eyed Juncos
- Townsendâ€™s Warblers
- 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!