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Jenny Lake

  4.5 ( 70 ) Favorite


7.3 mile 11.8 kilometer loop


Ascent: 385' 117 m
Descent: -384' -117 m
High: 6,897' 2,102 m
Low: 6,788' 2,069 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 13% (8°)


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Trail shared by Tom Robson

One of the most popular trails in Grand Teton and maybe the world...

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Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly Low-grades, well-maintained trail and awesome views make this a great route for kids and adults alike.


Without a doubt the Jenny Lake Trail is the easiest way to get up close and personal with the Tetons. Jenny Lake is ultra-crowded, but well worth the journey.

If you're looking to add a little flair to this awesome hike, be sure to head up to Inspiration Point on Cascade Canyon Trail - the views of Jenny Lake from there are awe-inspiring. Additionally, you'll pass Hidden Falls, an over 100' waterfall.

Need to Know

Be sure to bring some cash on this hike as the Jenny Lake Lodge has great dining options. The Lodge is conveniently located just off of the trail's northern extent.


BAM! Right from the get-go views of the Teton's Cathedral Group will slap you right in the face; and this doesn't stop for the duration of the hike.

The Cathedral group consists of the following peaks: Mount Owen (12,928'), Middle Teton (12,804'), South Teton (12,514'), Teewinot Mountain (12,330'), Teepe Pillar (12,266'), Cloudveil Dome (12,026'), Nez Perce Peak (11,901'), and Buck Mountain (11,938').

The vistas are especially good on the eastern side of Jenny Lake, so plan accordingly.

From the Jenny Lake trailhead, the Jenny Lake trail is one of the most popular hikes in Grand Teton National Park, and for good reason! This easy hike circumnavigates Jenny Lake and provides pedestrian access to Cascade Canyon Trail, Hidden Falls Spur (to Hidden Falls waterfall), and String Lake Trail.

As mentioned earlier, don't miss the view of Hidden Falls or Inspiration Point, unless you're crunched for time.

Flora & Fauna

Aquatic habitats and adjacent forests, marshes and meadows fulfill the needs of many forms of wildlife. Diverse and abundant vegetation offers excellent food and cover. Look for moose, river otters, beavers, muskrats, coyotes and mule deer.

Aspen, cottonwood, alder, and willow trees abound on this hike.

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Sep 13, 2019
Karen McWee
Sep 12, 2019
Darren McPherson
Did inspiration point and falls. Stopped at end to talk for 30min. 9.6mi — 4h 22m
Sep 12, 2019
Reid Martin
Eileen and I hiked with Mark Hayes an Shelley Lepore — 12h 00m
Sep 5, 2019
Afshin Mesbahi
Sep 2, 2019
Bree Cefaratti
Sep 1, 2019
Ashish Gupta
visitor center to inspiration point, back to boat dock 3.5mi — 12h 04m
Aug 24, 2019
Vicki K
Aug 23, 2019
Diane Pastor

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