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blue Cascade Canyon Trail

Trail

4.5 mile 7.2 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
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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Jun 13, 2019
Kat L
We connected to this from jenny lake, to cascade falls, then past inspiration point. Totally gorgeous views of the canyon and full of wildflowers
Jun 5, 2019
Ryan Gillikin
19h 00m
May 31, 2019
Johanna Ackerman
Path still mostly covered in snow. You can get about 3/4 the way in 4.5mi
Sep 11, 2018
Hannah Leidall
Sep 10, 2018
Scott Street
Sep 4, 2018
Ryan Chen
Sep 2, 2018
Logan Shaver
Aug 29, 2018
Craig Fairfield

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