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hiking
3 days ago

First time hiking in US national park, we are from Hong Kong and in a group of 4. A bit worried at first Becoz it is a bear zone area and we bought a can of bear spray. The park ranger/ guide at Jenny lake was very helpful showing us how to use it and even changed ours (we lost safety lock) with another can for us. It was a very good hike except we had to catch our breath a lot as we live at coastline, altitude is an issue but not a big one - just hike slowly

But the view is worth it. Ranger suggested us doing cascade trail first then we did hidden fall and lower inspiration point (since we couldn’t pass through hidden fall to cascade trail).

It was end of Sep, we took the 1st ferry at 10am then started hiking at 10.30am. We didn’t finish the whole trail, we just walked 1/4 and walked back and went to hidden fall and lower inspiration. I guess total we walked 7km. We just took our time and enjoyed taking the picture and the view.
Able to see a few mooses at Cascade Trail, but didn’t bump into any bear. We saw bear footprint (not 100% sure but it looked v much it was) when we hike up the cascade trail - we were the 1st group on that day. Lucky 4-6 of other hikers followed the same route as we got off the boat

We didn’t drink a lot of water as weather is very cool when we hiked, some sunshine but I still find it cold
To me it is not very hard - just hiked slowly. It is a bit steep at first but after that there is wide open nice view

Started at lake Taggart. Hiked this the first day of our Tetons and Yellowstone trip. I live in Houston so would have been a good idea to do a warm hike. The hike felt murderous. The altitude really got me. Great views and a nice challenging hike though. Will definitely do it again, this time after a warm up hike

Skipped the boat and hiked around Jenny lake, down to the boat dock (the trail through inspiration point was closed) then hiked up to hidden point and into the canyon. Great views and a fairly easy hike once you get into the canyon. Saw moose and supposedly missed a mama grizzly and two cubs ( good and bad.) by like a minute. Hiked to the trails fork, had lunch and turned around. I had a nasty blister so it took me longer than my typical hiking speed. Saw quite a few trail runners on the trail. Would do this hike again and try add lake solitude.

hiking
6 days ago

Jenny Lake ferry was not running for the season so yo save over two miles by coming in from String Lake. I would rate this a moderate hike. The highlight of this beautiful hike was a peaceful encounter with a huge moose and his lady friend. A number of hikers around and they knew were there but kept on eating

hiking
7 days ago

Just awesome. Start this hike from the String Lake trailhead (parking area) which technically ads another mile or so, because you have to go around the Jenny Lake loop to get to the Cascade Canyon trailhead.

From the parking area, go left. You’ll see an information station on your left & a bridge on your right. Cross the bridge and stay left at the fork (going right at the fork will start the String Lake loop). You’ll see the gorgeous views of Jenny lake on your left, and eventually come to the Cascade Cayon trailhead, among the others like Hidden Falls. Go right, and the trail begins. Awesome the whole way.

My wife and I are beginners, and we got to the end of this trail in 3h 20m with excessive stopping for pictures. Made it back to parking area in about 2 hours booking it to beat the sunset. No bears, but we saw 4 moose!

the reviews are all correct! we started this hike at the taggart lake TH so added a few miles but was worth it. heard elk after Bradley lake. once on the split up to amphitheatre, we saw a teenage bear. glad we had our spray but did not need to use it. elevation gain was a natural stairmaster so once you have your pace, you're good to go. bring plenty of water and a light lunch to enjoy at either lake. we met a great aspiring dentist- Tina from Seattle. hike on girl!

It took us about 3 hours to go up and 1.5 to come down. Gorgeous lakes at the end that make the entire way up (which is relentlessly uphill) worth the effort. While we didn’t have hiking poles- this trek did convince me I need to buy them. Several people saw a mama bear and her cub, but we missed them.

Awesome for wildlife!

hiking
21 days ago

Challenging and beautiful! We started off at the hidden falls trail and continued into the Cascade Canyon trail to the fork and back. Saw mama bear and two cubs on the rocks in the distance. Someone saw a moose in the area. Also had a lovely encounter with three mule deer. Amazing amazing views and differing scenery! Lush dense Forrest, open meadows and river, and rocky terrain. Solid 10 mile day.

This was a fun Saturday day activity for our camp trip. Our extended family hiked this in about 3 hours . We had kids ranging from 5 yrs - 14 Years, plus a 4 month old and 2 year old in back packs. On the Flag Ranch road, look for the sign that says “cascade creek” for the trail head. The entire trail is gorgeous. The end of the trail is not a very good view. The best view is from a rock cliff a little bit back from the end of the trail.

hiking
27 days ago

This hike is all about endurance. Once you peel off to the Lake Solitude trail, it definitely becomes more of a mental challenge to push yourself. As other reviewers have posted, the first mile is the hardest in terms of elevation gain. After that, you reach the valley and the views are jaw dropping. A few miles under the blazing sun, broken up by quick jaunts through what looks like an enchanted forest, you reach the Lake Solitude trail on the right. Stop at this spot and have lunch. The views are amazing and the sounds of the river are all around you. Continue pushing on after lunch. The first part of the Lake Solitude trail is in the forest, so you’re in the shade. Then you come out into a valley filled with HUGE boulders. You’re in direct sun from here to the end - about 2 miles. Watch your footing, as the trail here is littered with larger, uneven stones or steps. The last 0.5 mile is the most challenging in terms of pushing yourself. The grade is steep and the path is very rocky. Break often and drink water as much as you can. Turn around often and check out where you’ve come from - you’ll be surprised not only with how much ground you’ve covered, but the amazing views afforded to you. This is definitely a bucket list hike. In terms of timing, allow 8 hours to go at a leisurely pace, take lots of pictures, and allow for break times. We missed the Jenny Lake shuttle on the way back (arrived at 5pm, an hour after they stopped running) and hike to hike ANOTHER 2.7 miles to the car in the parking lot. We knew this was a possibility, but it would have been nice to catch a ride at the end. Either make sure you make the shuttle or mentally prepare for this added mileage. In all, a WONDERFUL hike. Thrilled we did it. I hope this review helps!

Beautiful views the entire trip.

hiking
28 days ago

Moose and epic canyon views!!!

Listened to Billy Joel's greatest hits all the way up to the gorgeous view. I was a little emotional once I reached the summit, it reminded me of how fragile and precious life is. I prepped for this excursion by taking a liter of water, 2 bear spray cans, and my cataract friendly 74 SPF sunglasses. Both cans were emptied upon returning to my Schwinn 10 speed at the trailhead. Being partially blind this was an adventure, but BJ guided my way to the top with his smooth, sweet sweet voice. Bring sunscreen, I looked like a peeled orange for several days post hike.

Started this hike at 7:40 from Jenny Lake parking lot and took the (steep) horse trail to meet up with the Cascade Canyon trail near the boat dock. The first mile-ish and last mile-ish of this hike are the hardest in my opinion since they have the most elevation gain. The rest of the hike is pretty smooth sailing other than the length so endurance is a must. We made it to the lake at noon and stayed for about 30 minutes so we could make it back for the boat shuttle. Took a dip in the lake which was amazing. We saw a fox walking along the trail towards us and a moose laying along the water. Made it back to the boat dock at 3:30 even with taking time for lots of photos. 17 miles in total. The views the entire hike are unmatched. 10/10 would do it again!

tough. would like to have had mile markers so we knew where we were.

An “as good as it gets” hike due to the fabulous views along the way. Be sure to get an early start!

nature trips
1 month ago

Preface - I’m somewhat sedimentary gentleman from the lowlands of Missouri at around 950 ft elevation, work full time and go to grad school full time so not too active right now.

We took the Jenny lake ferry, saved some time and energy for the trail. When we took it 2 weeks ago the trailhead was in a different location from this map. The first mile or so was somewhat intense for me climbing up from the lake. You are in fairly dense vegetation, which is pretty, but the dividends pay out when you leave that portion and enter the canyon.

The remainder of the trail to the back of the canyon heading to the fork is worth the whole first mile of climb. The gradient is gradual along the canyon and the views are beyond amazing. We didn’t see any bears, we saw a lone moose, a couple of snakes, and bounds of squirrels and chip monks. Wild huckleberry bushes line the trail making adding for a nice delicious snack along the route.

We stopped at the fork and saw the waterfall at the back of the canyon and then turned back.

It took us around 4ish hours all in. We stopped for rest breaks along the way to rest our feet, enjoy the views, and for me catch my breath at altitude (mostly the first mile or so). We were getting passed along the way by others who could handle a faster pace, but it wasn’t a race and a quick hike wasn’t the point of the trail. Make sure to allocate time accordingly to enjoy your presence in the canyon, for a low, flatland Missouri boy these are views you might have never seen before, so you don’t want to rush it.

Other tips - wear proper footwear. I used trail runners with gaiters to keep pebbles out. It’s a very well maintained trail.

Bring plenty of water. I packed a 3 ltr water bladder and a 1 ltr Nalgene for electrolyte drink. My buddy who hikes 14’ers went with me with same rig. We both exhausted our water by the time we got back to the trailhead. For the most part I was sore but good to go at the end. I saw folks without water or with a small water bottle. It is remote up there and you don’t want to be in a situation 4 miles up trail without water. It’s easy to get exhausted up there, and getting dehydrated up there is risk on you and your hiking partners or other folks on the trail. It’s easy to pack a couple of liters of water in a backpack, and I highly suggest it.

Bring/wear sunscreen. We started around 10am, and by midday sun was overhead and beating down. Temperature was fine, but you could feel the the sun on any exposed skin.

Bring a snack. Not 100% necessary but 1) you’ll probably hike 10 miles or so car to car, and that’s not including if you chose to hike around the lake instead of taking the ferry. You might need some fuel along the way. 2) it’s nice to take a break at the back of the canyon and eat your snack. A halftime break off your feet and just enjoying the environment.

Bear spray. It’s bear country folks, and while we didn’t see any and there is plenty of foot traffic you are up in an area where a bear could be around the next turn. 50$ is a cheap insurance policy up there, and I saw plenty without any, but I kept mine ready the whole hike.

Another thing to note is the ferry stops running at 7. We saw folks starting out as we were coming back down thinking they had time to hike the trail.

That being said, stretch out, have a good breakfast, hydrate, and go for it. You won’t be disappointed at all.

Another semi-pro tip. Once you get back to the other side of Jenny lake, pop your shoes off and wade in the lake. It’s quite cold and feels amazzzzzing on your sore feet and legs. 5 minutes of a cold wade about knee deep was immensely better than popping an ibuprofen.

Great hike, the view at the top is worth the effort. Note that it is a bit over five miles each way, more than the 4.8 on the signs. Well marked and both lakes are worth a visit.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail with my husband today. We left from string lake. Left at 8:45am. Took 4:08 to top and 3:45 back down. We took our time down (I have knee problems). Saw 3 moose a fox and several marmots. Beautiful hike and tons of waterfalls along the way.

Hiked up to the divide of Cascade Canyon and Paintbrush Canyon, gorgeous view on the skyline.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful scenic trail. Can’t get enough of the cascade canyon. Not a very technical trail. Endurance matters.

This is nice! But do yourself a favor and do paintbrush canyon on the way down

hiking
1 month ago

There is so much nicer around - do only if you are very limited in the walking you can do.

hiking
1 month ago

A very nice hike! But I'd highly recommend doing paintbrush to do a loop. Still, very very nice!

That was an awesome hike! I'd highly suggest adding Delta lake, which is even nicer than these too. It can be worth climbing up a little more at the end of the trail to have a nice "above" view point of the lake!

Nice hike! But' I'd suggest going up to lake solitude if going that route!

When you get off the boat you need to take the trail on the right, other trail is closed at inspiration point

Did this bad boy in 1:49:52 and it was amazing. well marked and great views. went to delta lake on the way back down and that is hands down the most beautiful lake i have ever seen. Grand Tetons are breathtaking

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