Jenny Lake Trail - Hike near Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Teton County, WY, United States,Jackson Hole,Wyoming
43.76553300777, -110.7507719949
19.7 miles N of Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Address: Teton County, WY, United States
GPS: 43°45'55.9"N 110°45'2.8"W
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State: Wyoming

Lakes Waterfalls Trails Rocks Wildflowers National Park

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One of the most popular trails to visit in Grand Teton is the Jenny Lake Trail. The Jenny Lake Trail, located near Moose, Wyoming, is an easy trail that loops around the lake. Along with the sheer beauty of Jenny Lake and surrounding mountains, some of the main attractions on this hike are Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point.

The trail has undergone significant changes in 2018 after a fissure opened up and rock slides became an issue. A new map can be found in the photos section. Some of the major trail changes include:

  • The lower trail along the lake is closed
  • The trail once again goes to Hidden Falls
  • The trail to old Inspiration Point and the Cascade Canyon Trail has closed. To continue to Cascade Canyon, hikers must go down and beyond the boat dock.
  • A lower Inspiration Point has been established closer to Hidden Falls.

Wildlife is common on the trails, including plenty of chipmunks, marmots, moose, deer, elk, and even an occasional bear. The sunrise and sunset at Jenny Lake are incredible with radiant colors and exciting reflections off the water. Take a dip in Jenny Lake to cool off during summer months. Between the soaring Tetons above, the raging river below, and the expansive view of the lake and valley, there are plenty of great views to take in.

1.1K Edited by nicole97

Be courteous, informed, and prepared. Read trailhead guidelines, stay on the trail, and don’t feed the wildlife.

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Directions

From Jackson Hole, Wyoming

  1. Head north on US-191 N/US-26 E/US-89 N/N Cache St toward E Deloney Ave
    Continue to follow US-191 N/US-26 E/US-89 N
    (12.3 mi)
  2. Turn left onto Teton Park Rd (1.0 mi)
  3. Keep right to stay on Teton Park Rd
    Parts of this road may be closed at certain times or days
    (6.2 mi)
  4. Turn left onto Lupine Meadows Rd (0.3 mi)
  5. Turn right to stay on Lupine Meadows Rd (0.3 mi)
  6. Slight right (449 ft)
or

Take HWY 26 into Grand Teton National Park; follow park signs to Jenny Lake; take Jenny Lake Rd. to the parking lot by the ferry dock.

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Guest Review/Comments

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netjim1

7/13/17 12:39 pm 7/9/16

cteicheira

5/8/17 12:23 pm
I went here over the weekend with my parents and it was a fantastic trip. It was early May and so there was still plenty of snow on the mountains, but the weather was surprisingly warm. Jenny Lake is so beautiful. The lake was formed by a glacier and is fed from snow runoff from the above mountains. Looking down into the lake, the water is so clear and so calm. There is a shuttle boat that takes people across the lake, but we just stuck to the trail on the opposite side. Walking around was nice, and the trail isn't too difficult. If you want to get down to the lake then there are some switch backs, but nothing too incredibly difficult. There is a paved, one-way road that goes through the area, and we saw several people hiking and riding their bikes along it.
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elico3000

5/31/16 2:56 pm 5/30/16
We just took this trail over Memorial Day weekend. I was pleasantly surprised that it never felt overpacked. The 5 mile roundtrip to the overlook above the falls is pretty easy going, even for our 3, 6, and 8 year old kids though the youngest one did get carried a little. We saw plenty of chipmunks and one or two yellow bellied marmots. One marmot was on the way up and one was on the way back so I don't know if it was the same or not. Other hikers near our group saw a bear near the Ampitheater Lake trail junction and others saw a moose near the Moose ponds. I was initially a little disappointed to find the lesser access to the falls but was glad we didn't know because we might not have come. It was the perfect hike, regardless.
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Viewpoint from trail before the falls courtesy of elico3000 Viewpoint from trail before the falls courtesy of elico3000↗
Jenny Lake courtesy of cteicheira Jenny Lake courtesy of cteicheira↗ Hidden Falls courtesy of elico3000 Hidden Falls courtesy of elico3000↗ View Above The Falls courtesy of elico3000 View Above The Falls courtesy of elico3000↗ Grand Teton Jenny Lake Inspiration Point Panoramio1 courtesy of elico3000 Grand Teton Jenny Lake Inspiration Point Panoramio1 courtesy of elico3000↗ Above The Falls courtesy of elico3000 Above The Falls courtesy of elico3000↗ River Below The Falls courtesy of elico3000 River Below The Falls courtesy of elico3000↗ Lake View From The Trail courtesy of elico3000 Lake View From The Trail courtesy of elico3000↗ Jenny Lake view at sunset by Nicole Wood Jenny Lake view at sunset by Nicole Wood Jenny Lake by Nicole Wood Jenny Lake by Nicole Wood 2018 Hidden Falls Map courtesy of elico3000 2018 Hidden Falls Map courtesy of elico3000↗ 2018 Upper trail courtesy of elico3000 2018 Upper trail courtesy of elico3000↗ Inspiration Point - Grand Teton National Park by Tapobrata Bandyopadhyay

Trails

Distance ?

4.7 miles Round Trip

Elevation Gain ?

197 feet

Real Ascent ?

616 feet

Real Descent ?

419 feet

Avg Grade (1°)

2%

Grade (-17° to 16°)

-31% to 28%

Distance ?

1.0 miles Round Trip

Elevation Gain ?

203 feet

Real Ascent ?

256 feet

Real Descent ?

53 feet

Avg Grade (5°)

8%

Grade (-16° to 15°)

-28% to 26%

Distance ?

0.3 miles

Elevation Gain ?

180 feet

Real Ascent ?

209 feet

Real Descent ?

29 feet

Avg Grade (7°)

13%

Grade (-19° to 19°)

-35% to 34%

Distance ?

1.5 miles

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