Cascade Canyon Trail

HARD 36 reviews
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Cascade Canyon Trail is a 12.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Jackson, WY that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until September.

12.3 miles 1788 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

This is an unbelievable hike up into the base of the Grand Tetons via a boat ride across Jenny Lake. This hike will bring you deep into the Teton Mountain Range. This popular hike will start from the shore of the lake and take you up to the 200 foot tall Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point which provides great views out over the National Park. Most people will stop at this point but this guide will take you a little further up into Cascade Canyon where you might spot a moose or two before heading back for the boat return across Jenny Lake.

2 months ago

One of the best hikes in the park.

hiking
2 months ago

On 9/13/16, the Hidden Falls trail beyond the Inspiration Point off the Cascade Canyon trail was closed. The hardest portion of this trail was a half mile before the Inspiration Point on the way up. From the Inspiration Point to the Fork was actually easier.

2 months ago

super beautiful hike from jenny lake to lake Solitude. Its so beautiful will continue to go there for years to come

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Other trails may be as beautiful but it is not possible on earth to get more beautiful!!
Not easy but not strenuous.

3 months ago

We messed this hike up, lost the trail at inspiration trail, thought it continued at Hidden falls so were disappointed to find out we came all the way down for nothing (Duh!) turned around after our mistake & went home, beautiful trail up to the point we screwed up! Would love to get back up into the canyon next time

4 months ago

Perfect

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail with breathtaking views of the mountains and the canyon. We took the boat shuttle across Jenny Lake and picked up the trail across the lake so hiked a total of 9 miles. The most difficult portion is the 1.2 mile trek up the hill to Inspiration Point (most people stop here). The remaining 3.3 miles out to the Forks (and 3.3 back) is fairly flat but incredibly scenic (we even saw a moose with her baby!). Would definitely recommend starting early to beat the crowds.

hiking
4 months ago

Spectacular canyon! Amazing rock formations, beautiful scenery and teeming with wildlife! We saw two yellow-bellied marmots, four moose and ran into a young black bear that wanted to share the trail with us. All the animal sightings occurred in a matter of 90 minutes.The trail is heavily trafficked due to many people wanting to see Hidden Falls (which is closed for 2016) and Inspiration Point. But beyond there the number of hikers thins out immensely. The hike up to Inspiration Point is by far the hardest part of the trail. After that Cascade Canyon is very mild. TIP: the hike around Jenny Lake (south side) is also gorgeous and not very crowded either. Most tourists take the shuttle boat across. Our four year old managed the hike around the lake, the steep climb up to Inspiration Point and the hike up the canyon and back. He was getting tired on the way back so we did take the boat back on our return to the trail head. Often times, once I've completed a hike I'm not all that interest in returning, but this one I'd love to go back and do again.
CAUTION: Please show your natural intelligence and bring bear spray. Never needed it with our bear encounter, but very grateful that I had quick easy access to it.

backpacking
4 months ago

This is a really beautiful trail up the valley by Grand Teton. Bears, moose, marmots, and deer. Bring your bear spray! It's really steep at first, but levels out quite nicely, so I would say it's more moderate than difficult. We camped in South Fork, where the views are really amazing.

4 months ago

beautiful hike

hiking
4 months ago

we only went in about 2 miles (we have to carry a 3 year old on our back). Probably the best hike we've ever been on. Wild life every where, mind blowing views, trail very diverse and easy to hike! Loved it so much!

6 months ago

Best trail in the Tetons! So many changes of scenery as you hike thru beautiful forests, beside rushing streams with the mountains soaring above on either side. Start early (by 10am) if you plan to access the trail by the boat across Jenny Lake and return by 4pm. Well worth the time spent!

hiking
6 months ago

I've done this twice and both times it was awesome. THE best hike in GTNP. The Tetons are spectacular to look at but to truly experience them you have to go into them and there is no better trail to do that than Cascade Canyon. The first mile or so is strenuous as you climb past inspiration point and up into the canyon, but past that it's fairly flat with mountains on both sides, creek on left, wildlife, wild flowers, waterfalls, oh my! Simply breathtaking.

walking
1 year ago

This hike is a must if you go to Jackson. Amazing views, amazingly clear water and wildlife is everywhere. I highly recommend this hike. Moderate trail but the first part it harder so be prepared if you are hiking with people who do not normally hike. They will have to take a few breaks.

hiking
1 year ago

Amazing canyon hike along river with tall views of mountains rising vertical. Great fall hike when leaves changing color.

hiking
1 year ago

So beautiful. Wish I could have done more of it!

hiking
1 year ago

Fun trail. We had to wait until 5 Moose cleared the trail so we could pass.

1 year ago