If you’ve come to Jackson Hole, experiencing the natural beauty of the Teton Mountains and its surroundings is a must. People come from far and wide (some with their furry four-legged friends) to explore what the Jackson outdoors has to offer. 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 has put together the Top 12 Best Hikes in Jackson Hole.
Sleeping Indian Trail
The Sleeping Indian Trail is a beautiful spring or summer hike where the wildflowers are in full bloom! This Jackson Hole hike is 13 miles long looped and reaches an elevation of 4,300 feet. Be sure to pack snacks, sunblock, and plenty of water as this is an 8-hour vertical hike and at medium difficulty. While this trial is dog-friendly it’s important to note that there is very little water on this trial.
Leigh Lake Trail
Take in the stunning lake views as you stroll this easy hike. This is a 3.7 miles round trip hike and gains about 50 feet in elevation, reaching a 6,892-foot elevation. Leigh Lake is a great spot to canoe or kayak as there is a non-motorized boat access.
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 walk from Lake Solitude is a fairly easy one and worth it too 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. But don’t let its name fool you, this spot is highly populated and favorited by many!
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 hike has gorgeous panoramic views of the Teton National Park. Also available near this trail are other trails for biking and running.
Phelps Lake Loop
Phelps Lake Loop is a moderately difficult 7.2-mile hike. Hikers 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 adventurous take a splash into the lake via The Jumping Rock! Be sure to have your bear spray as this trail is heavily populated with black bears and moose.
Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes Trail
This 9-mile trail reaches an elevation gain of 2,942 feet, which makes it a trail best for seasoned and experienced hikers. Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes Trail has gorgeous views and is best during the summer months.
Death Canyon Trail
Another trail that should be left to the experienced hiker is the Death Canyon Trail. This is an 8-10 mile hike through a beautiful and serene pine forest. Get an overhead view of Phelps Lake as you make your way down this trail.
Jenny Lake Loop
Jenny Lake Loop is a 7.5-mile round trip hike. Here you can expect to see wildlife, wildflowers, a waterfall, and great 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 as to avoid overcrowding!
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 for more seasoned explorers. Perfect year-round you can expect some amazing overhead views of Jenny Lake. This is a steep hike with an elevation gain of almost 3,000 feet.
Cache Creek – Hagen’s Trail Loop
This is a light and easy trail great for any hiking beginner. Cache Creek and Hagen’s Trail Loops is just shy of 2 miles long and is dog-friendly (as long as they are leashed).
Alaska Basin Trail
Another popular trail, Alaska Basin Trail, is 15 miles looped and includes exquisite views of Teton Canyon. This trail is filled with wildflowers and natural streams for you to enjoy along the way. Hike the Alaska Basin in a day or as an overnight camping experience!
Granite Canyon Loop
Granite Canyon Loop offers stunning panoramic views and an abundance of wildflowers. This is about a 12-mile hike with activities offered through the early spring and summer months. The loop is a moderately difficult hike and reaches an elevation gain of 1,876 feet.