If you are looking for the best Grand Teton hikes, we have put together a top five that you can choose from.
Grand Teton National Park is one of the most stunning areas in Wyoming. Encompassing the major peaks of the Grand Teton mountain range, as well as pristine lakes, forests and phenomenal wildlife, the park is not one to be missed!
See Best hikes in America for a complete list of hiking trails in the USA.
The Grand Teton National Park welcomes over 3 million people a year, making the park one of America’s most popular.
The Teton is ten miles from the iconic Yellowstone National Park and the two are connected by the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway.
The national park encompasses the east side of the Teton Mountain Range. The mountain range is roughly 40 miles long and forms part of the Rocky Mountains.
The Teton is one of the most compact in the Rockies and stands at 13,770 feet tall, making the mountains an attraction for serious hikers and rock climbers.
The park is also home to 11 active glaciers and a few of them are visible from the parks roads.
Forming part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Grand Teton National Park is home to a diverse variety of flora and fauna.
The ecosystem is unique and is considered one of the largest nearly intact temperate ecosystems on Earth.
Elke, moose, black and grizzly bear, bison and coyote are all animals you can expect to see in the park.
Bears and moose are dangerous animals and hikers should come prepared for their presence when visiting the park.
Hiking in Teton National Park can be challenging due to high elevation and steep trails.
Knowing your limits is important when selecting trails, but the park’s visitor’s centre can give advice on hiking conditions.
Although the Teton Range attracts adrenaline-seeking mountaineers, there are day trails that cater to those that prefer easy to moderate hikes.
Free maps and guides are easily available online, however, if you would like a tear resistant copy to bring along on your hiking trip we recommend National Geographic Trails Illustrated Grand Teton National Park Map.
You can enter the park from Yellowstone National Park (North entrance). However, you will have to pay entrance to both parks this way.
You can also enter the park from the East via the U.S. 26/287 and the Moran Entrance.
From the South the park can be entered via the U.S. 26/89/191.
This popular trail begins at the Jenny Lake Trailhead and then climbs the south shore to reach a view of 200 feet.
The loop is known as one of the most iconic trails in the park due to the spectacular views of the park's second largest lake, Jenny Lake, and the Hidden Falls itself, the park's beautiful 80-foot high waterfall.
Although there is some elevation gain, it is very gradual and the hike is relatively easy.
You can shorten the trip to one and a half hours by taking the shuttle boat across Jenny Lake. The shuttle makes the hike shorter and easy and adds an exciting element to the trip.
Jenny Lake Lodge and Jenny Lake Campground.
Take a look at this Hi-Tech Hikers' video of Hidden Falls to get a better idea of the spectacular waterfall that you can expect to see on your hike.
Begin your journey at the Death Canyon Trailhead. The hike starts in a whitebark pine forest and gradually climbs upwards until you reach Phelps Lake Overlook at the top of a ridge.
From the ridge you descend nearly to the lake, continuing west into Death Canyon. You will begin to ascend through the canyon until you reach the Patrol Cabin, near the top.
Here you turn right onto to the Static Peak Divide Trail. The trail becomes steep switchbacks that climb the western slopes of Albright Peak. Finally you will reach a saddle between Albright Peak and Static Peak.
From the saddle you will follow a trail up a ridge towards the Divide, with the remaining route to Static Peak towering above. After just over 8 miles of switchbacks, you will reach Static Peak Divide and will be rewarded with spectacular views of the park.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, just outside the park, and Dorans, which is close to Moose Junction in the Park.
This Tom M’s video gives you a good overview of the entire Static Peak Divide Trail and shows the spectacular views you can expect to see on route.
This hike offers some of the best of Teton National Park, and you will experience panoramic views of the park’s alpine lakes, canyons, peaks and scree fields.
You can opt to hike the loop in either direction, but the walk up Paintbrush and down Cascade offers more spectacular scenery.
Your journey begins at Leigh Lake, and you will follow the trail around the lake before reaching a junction where you take a right up Paintbrush canyon. From here on the hike is easy to follow with few other junctions along the way.
Jenny Lake Lodge and Jenny Lake Trailhead are closest camping grounds and accommodation.
Although slightly longer, this video by Amazing Places on Our Planet gives you a good idea of the scenic views (in HD) that the trail and park offers.
This hike offers views of two of the park's glacially formed lakes, the Taggart Lake and the Bradley Lake, as well as the majestic Teton peaks. Beginning at the Taggart Lake Trailhead, the path follows the first two rights at intersections in the trail.
After this you will cross a footbridge over Taggart creek and will head towards Bradley Lake. After hiking for 1.1 miles you will reach a junction and you should follow the path to Bradley Lake if you would like to visit both lakes.
If you feel that the loop route is getting too long there are several places that you can shorten the hike. Additionally, you can also lengthen the route in places, depending on your preference.
Jenny Lake Lodge and Dornan's are the closest accommodation. If you prefer camping, there is a campsite at Jenny Lake Trailhead.
Highlighting the amazing views, This Scenic Life’s video takes you along the loop hike.
This steep climb offers incredible views of the Grand Teton and the Cascade Canyon below. The hike is often regarded as one of the most exceptional in the area due to its amazing views of the Teton peaks that it offers.
There are two trails to the top of Table Mountain, the first being the Huckleberry trail and the second being the Face Trail. Many people opt to climb the face and make their way back along the Huckleberry.
Teton Canyon and Reunion Flat are campsites close to Table Mountain. Grand Targhee Resort is further away but caters to those that would prefer not to camp.
Ancient Adventurer’s fantastic time lapse of the trail gives you a good idea of what to expect.
Hiking insurance is not a mandatory requirement for hikes in Grand Teton, but in general we recommend having insurance.
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