Hiking in Jackson Hole

Hiking the Teton Range

Jackson Hole offers many opportunities for hikers of all abilities

Soaring 7,000 feet from the valley floor, the majestic and awe-inspiring Teton Range draws hikers to its rugged canyons, roaring clear streams and teeming wildlife. Grand Teton National Park is the natural choice for most visitors and there are over 200 miles of trails criss-crossing its canyons and valleys.

Most visitors are looking for a relaxed hiking experience, not too strenuous and the Park offers several choices in this category. Among the choices are the .5-mile Cunningham Cabin Trail, 1.2-mile Menor's Ferry Trail, the Colter Bay Nature Trail, and 3-mile Taggart Lake Trail.

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For those wanting to get to the high country the easy way, by using the aerial tram at Teton Village, it should be noted that the tram is closed this summer. A new larger tram, able to carry 100 passengers, is scheduled to open December, 2008.

But there are plenty of trails at the base of the Tetons. The Cascade Canyon Trail from the south end of Jenny Lake is very popular. The trip begins with a ferry ride (small fee required) to the trailhead at the far end of the lake, and then then uphill hiking with fantastic views of the lake and surrounding peaks. Hikers can go as far as nine miles up the canyon to Solitude Lake for those truly wanting a challenge.

Hikes can last as little as 15 minutes to several days with special camping zones set aside in the Park.

Safety considerations

  • This is bear country. If you suspect bears to be in the area, make loud noises to alert them of your presence..
  • Carry drinking water. Hiking is strenuous and dehydration can occur in hot weather.
  • Be prepared for rapid weather changes; rain gear and extra clothing. This is especially important on longer hikes in the afternoon hours.
  • High elevation may cause breathing difficulties; pace yourself. The thin air will put an added strain on your heart and lungs.
  • Be careful crossing snowfields and streams. It is especially important to take care when crossing snowfield during hot summer weather.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return. Hypothermia can set in quickly if you have to spend more than one night in the wilderness.
  • It is recommended to hike with at least one other person and to not leave the trail .
  • Park rangers can provide important information on weather and trail conditions.

 

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