grand teton national park
July 1 - september 30, 2016
jenny Lake/cascade canyon
Jenny Lake/Cascade Canyon From the west end of Jenny Lake, the trail gently climbs up the magnificent canyon along Cascade Creek. The towering peaks of the Teton Range loom above throughout the hike.
Trail (2D): A boat ride (optional) across Jenny Lake leads to the trail that takes you by Hidden Falls and up to Cascade Canyon. Most casual visitors do not make it beyond Inspiration Point, so the farther you go up the canyon, the more peaceful things become. In fact, the most difficult part of the trail ends at Inspiration Point. From there, begin the gradual, gentle climb to the mouth of the U-shaped Cascade Canyon, where the majesty of the mile-high, glacially sculpted walls really begins to sink in. Wildlife —marmots, pika, moose — are often seen. Thanks to the sheer canyon walls, you’ll enjoy great views beyond the Douglas-fir canopy all the way up the canyon.
two ocean lake
Trail: (2B) Round Trip: 6.5 miles. When you think of hiking in Grand Teton, you don't think of gentle trails around forest-lined mountain lakes. This nearly level loop is a perfect early- or late-season altitude acclimatization route. It offers a nice escape from the crowds that flock to trails on the park's popular western side. Arrive early or stay late for the best chance at spotting deer, elk or moose.
This trail is almost as flat as the lake, but an out-and-back option up Grand View Point adds about an hour and 700' of elevation gain, if you're in the mood. On clear days, two volcanic outcroppings atop the vista point make scenic picnic spots and offer amazing 360-degree panoramas.
For a ton of useful, up-to-date information for planning your trip see the National Park Page