Hiking and Backpacking Grand Teton Park
The Grand Tetons may be the most spectacular mountain range in the West and you can explore the beautiful wilds of this famous realm of sky-scraping peaks, snowfields, lush forests and meadows, roaring streams and alpine lakes. The scenery wont be your only hiking companion Moose, bighorn sheep, marmot, pika, bear and other native species thrive here. The rugged high mountain scenery and views are unsurpassed! Hiking and backpacking in Grand Teton Park is something people from all over the world come to do.
The park includes more than 200 miles of hiking trails ranging from flat and easy trails on the valley floor to steep, arduous trails into the mountains tops. Many of these trails intersect with the verdant and wild Jedadiah Smith Wilderness to the west, equally as beautiful but just outside the park
At visitor centers, ask a ranger for recommended hikes and look at or purchase maps and trail guides. Parking areas at popular trailheads fill as early as 11:00 a.m., from late June to early September.
A few of the popular hikes include, Cascade Canyon. The most popular and simplest access into the Tetons, it offers easy hikes and backpacking options. A great longer day trip is the 9-mile round-trip to Forks of Cascade Canyon. Access the canyon via a 10-minute boat ride (8–6 daily; $10 round-trip; 307/734-9227) from South Jenny Lake. Heron Pond and Swan Lake. A family-friendly 3-mile loop begins at the Colter Bay Marina and offers lake views and good bird watching. For area map and info: Colter Bay Visitor Center (off U.S. 89; 307/739 3594). Colter Bay Lakeshore Trail. This level trail follows the bay's shoreline, providing great views of lake and mountains. Distance: 2 miles. Difficulty: Easy. LSR Preserve. Opened in 2008, the preserve is the largest addition to the park in decades. Educational hikes lead from its state-of-the-art visitor center through forests to Phelps Lake. The Preserve offers various hikes ranging from easy to moderate in difficulty.
The Teton Range also offers many opportunities for climbers and mountaineers. The Jenny Lake Ranger Station is the center for climbing information and climbers are encouraged to stop in and obtain information on routes, conditions and regulations. Registration for day climbs is not required, while all overnight stays require a backcountry permit. The Jenny Lake Ranger Station is open from early June to mid-September