Features: Lake — River/Creek — Views — Wildlife
From the intersection with Cascade Canyon Trail
and South Fork Cascade Canyon
, follow Cascade Creek north and look for signs indicating 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
. Once here, be sure to take in the views of the Cathedral Group - Teewinot Mountain (12,330'), Mount Owen (12,928') and Grand Teton (13,775').
Take a deep breath... Lake Solitude
is at 9,035', and North Fork Cascade Canyon trail only goes up from here.
From Lake Solitude
, continue on North Fork Cascade Canyon and follow the trail as it bends to the east, then southeast. Other than a few stands here and there, you're now above treeline. Enjoy the spectacular views.
North Fork Cascade Canyon winds its way up this steep section on loose scree, so keep your balance! After the fourth switchback, the trail heads straight up and reaching Paintbrush Divide
(10,720') and Paintbrush Canyon
If you're quiet, you might see a moose. You're guaranteed, however, to see a Pika - those suckers are loud!