Hitting the Trails Right Near the Hotel
If you’re venturing to Jackson Hole, experiencing the natural beauty of the Teton Mountains and its surroundings is an absolute must. People come from far and wide (some with their furry four-legged friends) to explore what the Jackson outdoors has to offer. From stunning views to wildlife in the Wild West, Jackson Hole, Wyoming has some of the most scenic, ambitious, and best hiking trails in the United States. To make it easy, The Lodge at Jackson Hole team has put together a list of the Top 10 Best Hikes in Jackson Hole.
Sleeping Indian Trail
The Sleeping Indian Trail is a beautiful hike, especially in Spring and Summer, when the wildflowers are in full bloom. This Jackson Hole hike is 13 miles long looped and reaches an elevation of 4,300 feet. The trailhead is accessible from Flat Creek Road in the National Elk Refuge Road, about 15 miles outside of Jackson. Be sure to pack snacks, sunblock, and plenty of water as this is an 8-hour vertical hike at medium difficulty. While this trail is dog-friendly, it’s important to note that there is very little water, so be sure to bring extra for your hairy hiking partner.
Leigh Lake Trail
Take in the stunning lake views as you stroll this easy hike. Leigh Lake Trail is a 3.7 miles round trip hike and gains about 50 feet, reaching a 6,892-foot elevation. It is also a great spot to canoe or kayak as there is non-motorized boat access. And in the Summer, if you are sweaty from said hike, you can always go for a swim. To reach the trailhead, turn west off Teton Park Road at the North Jenny Lake Junction, located roughly 10.6 miles north of Moose Junction, and 10 miles south of Jackson Lake Junction. Drive another 1.4 miles to the turn-off for the Leigh Lake Trail.
Mica Lake – Lake Solitude Hike
Mica Lake is the perfect hike for some peace and quiet. While there are no official trails to Mica Lake, it is about a 20-minute walk from Lake Solitude. The journey from Lake Solitude is a fairly easy one and worth it because it is one of the most beautiful views in the whole park. Lake Solitude is a moderately difficult hike lasting about 18.4 miles. To reach the trailhead, take the ferry across Jenny Lake to the mouth of Cascade Canyon and hike from the west boat dock. Hike above Lake Solitude to reach Mica Lake.
Snow King Summit Slow Trail
The Snow King Summit hike is 3.8 miles long, and is perfect during winter and summer months. This dog-friendly trek has gorgeous panoramic views of Grand Teton National Park. The main hiking trailhead starts at the parking lot on Snow King Avenue, just east of that street’s intersection with Cache Avenue.
Phelps Lake Loop
Phelps Lake Loop is a moderately difficult 7.2-mile hike. Adventurers can enjoy the serene lake views and blossoming wildflowers. During the spring and summer months, Phelps Lake has a number of other activities to do around the area. If you’re feeling wet-and-wild take a splash into the lake via the famous Jumping Rock. Be sure to have your camera as this trail is heavily populated with black bears and moose. The trailhead for the Phelps Lake Loop in Grand Teton National Park is located in the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve off Moose-Wilson Road.
Death Canyon Trail
This is a trail that is best for the experienced hiker, or those looking to push their limits. Death Canyon Trail is an 8-10 mile hike through a beautiful and serene pine forest. As you make your way down this trail, you’ll get an outstanding overhead view of Phelps Lake. To reach the trailhead from Moose Junction, turn left onto Moose-Wilson Road and drive roughly 3 miles south. You’ll know you’re there, because a short distance from the trailhead, you’ll be climbing through a small forest of lodgepole pines.
Jenny Lake Loop
Jenny Lake Loop is a lovely 7.5-mile round-trip hike. Here you can expect to see wildlife, wildflowers, a waterfall, and picturesque lake views. This is a moderately difficult hike, gaining up to 275 feet in elevation. Jenny Lake is a heavily trafficked trail so be sure to start your hike early to avoid the midday crowds. To find the trailhead, go west off Teton Park Road at the South Jenny Lake Junction, located roughly 7.7 miles north of Moose Junction. From the junction, drive another half-mile to the large parking area for the visitor center and boat dock.
Hanging Canyon hike takes about 8 hours to complete and is just shy of 12.5 miles long. This hike is not for the faint of heart, and a great challenge for more seasoned explorers, with an elevation gain of almost 3,000 feet. Perfect year-round, no matter the season, you can expect some amazing views of Jenny Lake, and some wildlife surprises. There are two ways to approach this hike. The most common way is to take the ferry across Jenny Lake and unload at the West Shore Boat Dock. From here, follow signs for String Lake, and about 100 feet after the second bridge crossing take the unmarked path on your left. Alternatively, you can start at the String Lake parking lot, cross the hikers’ bridge, and follow the trail along the shore of Jenny Lake for about 1.5 miles. This is a flat section and at a good pace should take you about 30 minutes.
Cache Creek – Hagen’s Trail Loop
This is a light and easy trail great for any hiker, no matter your skill level. Cache Creek and Hagen’s Trail Loop is just shy of 2 miles long and is dog-friendly (as long as they are leashed). Bring some water, and enjoy the stroll, because it is both fun and beautiful. This trailhead is located directly on Cache Creek.
Granite Canyon Loop
Granite Canyon Loop offers stunning panoramic views and an abundance of flora. About a 12-mile hike, through the early spring and summer months it offers activities along the way, including camping, and blue-blazing side trails. The loop is a moderately difficult hike and reaches an elevation gain of 1,876 feet. The Granite Canyon Loop in Grand Teton National Park begins from the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram in Teton Village. Hikers will have to ride the aerial tram up to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain where the actual hiking begins, thus avoiding the 4139 feet of vertical climbing. A fee is charged for the 12-minute tram ride.
Miles of Fun
From novices to adventure experts, there is something for everyone along the hiking trails of Jackson Hole. Being in nature is one of the best gifts you can give yourself when visiting this part of the country, and if you have further questions or concerns we encourage you to ask our staff at The Lodge at Jackson Hole, because we are not only residents of this fine town, we also love to hit the trails.