Signal Mountain Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews
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Signal Mountain Trail is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Moose, WY that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until September.

8.3 miles 1284 feet Loop



nature trips

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wild flowers


no dogs

Signal Mountain is 7,720 feet (2,350 m) above sea level and is located in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. The peak provides sweeping views of the Teton Range, much of the northern Jackson Hole area as well as the Snake River. The mountain originally was formed by volcanic ashfall from one of the eruptions of the Yellowstone hotspot. The peak is also partially a glacial moraine formed by a receding glacier that came south out of the Yellowstone icecap. This same glacier also created neighboring Jackson Lake. Signal Mountain has a 5-mile (8.0 km) long road providing vehicular access to an observation area located just below the main summit, with short trail to the summit. The Signal Mountain Trail is a hiking trail that goes from Signal Mountain Lodge to the summit. The loop trail (4-5 hours) splits mid-way for a portion, allowing hikers to take either a trail along the lower part of the ridge or south of the ridge past a series of small ponds. The trails then rejoin and steepen over the last mile to reach the secondary summit of the mountain, the Jackson Lake Overlook. The trail rises approximately 800 feet (240 m) from the lodge to the overlook, though on the ridge trail there is quite a bit of up and down that adds a few hundred feet to the cumulative elevation gain. The trail is a hiking only trail, mountain biking and horseback riding are not permitted by the park service. The road is a popular biking destination due to the difficult climb up and then (after turning around at the summit) continuous downhill.

9 months ago

We drove to the top. The views okay, but cell service was phenomenal. There are better views to be had throughout the park, especially in the backcountry. However, if you are visiting Teton and/or Yellowstone by car and don't plan on going far from the road, the drive is worth it.

nature trips
1 year ago

Did this one on our way out of the Tetons heading towards Yellowstone. Liked it, but didn't love it. There are a few little trails you can follow around once you get on top,but for the most part it's just a large viewing platform.

1 year ago

Great overlooks in all directions when you get to the top. Consider this hike if you've already done at least 5 better ones in the area, as this one is ok, but not breath taking like others.

1 year ago

Worth the hike or drive up to top for fantastic views of The Hole and the Teton Range.

scenic driving
2 years ago

Nice views from the top

road biking
3 years ago

Did this on bicycle from near Jenny Lake CG. Great road ride, long climb, and fun descent on bike. Recommended.

scenic driving
4 years ago

We drove up the Signal Mountain paved road to the top parking lot and walked from there to the summit where we saw a grizzly through a scope as well as a baby elk and a small herd off in the valley (most people spotting wildlife are very willing to share the views). A thunderstorm was moving in, so we hi-tailed it down the mountain with a short stop on the way down for a brief walk to a point overlooking Jackson Lake and the Tetons. Great views of the surrounding area, also Signal Mtn. Lodge great place to stay right on Jackson Lake.