“One of the most popular trails in Grand Teton and maybe the world...
— Tom Robson
Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildlife
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.