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We did not make it all the way but the views were incredible in the canyon!

Amazing views. Steep start then a flat, visually stunning hike. This was an all-star hike.

hiking
2 months 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

hiking
2 months ago

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
2 months 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
2 months 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!

Awesome for wildlife!

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy hike, a little crowded

hiking
2 months ago

Moose and epic canyon views!!!

Definitely moderate trail. But I would totally recommend hitting the moose pond as a bonus. We saw 3 moose on our journey and it was a spectacular falls at the end! Worth the steep grade up and very quick hike out going down hill.

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

nature trips
3 months 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.

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

hiking
3 months ago

Easy amazing waterfall !!

hiking
3 months ago

Better than doing the full lake, but you can take a ferry there and do the canyon instead.

hiking
3 months ago

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

Make sure you pay attention to the hours the boat runs! We added an extra 2 miles to our hike by coming earlier than the boat and then walking around the south side of the lake. Once you get through the slope leading up from the boat launch the trial flattens out quite a bit and the views open up to the Tetons and gorgeous canyon. Lots of moose spottings and others on the trail saw black bears. Leaves are starting to change so lots of yellows, golds and red leaves! It’s an out and back so go as far as you can with what time you have and make it back for the last boat!

loved this one. great views, some wild life (we saw a couple moose), wild flowers - this had it all.

hiking
3 months ago

My wife and I did this hike 29 August. It was a beautiful day. We have done three hikes in this area. Darby Canyon Wind Cave trail, Lower Lake Palisades trail and this one. The Darby Canyon Wind Cave trail was the most difficult of the three. Cascade Canyon trail was the most scenic of the three. Am 71 and did the nine mile hike in six hours including an hour for lunch. Take the boat from Jenny Lake boat dock to the trail head unless you are young and in good shape and can do the extra two miles around Jenny Lake.

hiking
3 months ago

Honestly expected a little more based on the reviews. We did get to see a black bear and the weather was great. The trail was absolutely packed mid-week.

Wish we had had more time in Canyon- weather was coming in. Great moose watching and great variety of scenery. Recommend this one!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike. Pretty views albeit very Smokey right now from all the wildfires! HEAVILY trafficked so start early to avoid crowds! Worth taking the boat over Jenny Lake ($15 R/T) since it saves time an allows you to hike more of the Canyon instead of less interesting stuff.

Easy trail and pretty falls. I’m giving it 5 stars because I had such an incredible bear sighting!!!

Excellent trail that is relatively easy. Some elevation gain, but it is very gradual. The falls and wildlife are beautiful and you can take the boat across and back if you want to make it a shorter ride. Two black bear sightings were seen on this trail! Very exciting, but keep your distance because these guys did not react at all to seeing humans.

Great hike with spectacular views. It’s challenging but very doable. Bring water and snacks as you’ll want to take a break or two. The canyon is amazing to hike through.

hiking
4 months ago

I did this hike last Friday (8/10) with two of my best friends and it was absolutely incredible!

We started our trek around 11:30 am and completed it around 4:30 pm. We did spend close to 30 minutes having lunch down by the creek, and probably could have cut off an additional 30 min. if we weren't caught behind some slow-moving "tourists" upon our return to the trailhead.

There are two ways to reach the trail, one of which being taking the ferry across Jenny Lake, which we did, but will run you $15 per person for a round-trip ticket. It runs approximately every 15 minutes. You can also take the 2-mile trail around the perimeter of the lake to reach the trailhead, which we decided against because of the longevity of our hike.

Having said that, after you get to the actual trail for this trek, it is pretty free of families and novice hikers. Most of the elevation gain for this particular hike is in the first mile to mile and a half. And once you reach the end of that gain, the valley opens up and you are surrounded by towering peaks on each side, which is pretty spectacular.

Shortly after the trail opened up we saw a black bear rummaging around in the creek about 20 yards away from where we saw a female moose sunbathing that certainly made our day.

This is a decently challenging hike, primarily because of the 9-miles round-trip and 1,000-feet of elevation gain. However, it is absolutely worth every step, and if I were to return I would make a backpacking adventure out of our next journey, as this trail leads to many other amazing trais when it forks at the end!

Note: The trek outlined in the trail map is currently closed and you will need to take the alternate route to the trail. When you get off the boat dock just head to your right and you will run into the sign for the trailhead on your left, which is about 100 yards down the trail that loops around Jenny Lake.

Hiked on 8/8/2018; Inspiration Point and Hidden Falls were closed due to rockfall threat, but hikers could still access the trail into the valley using the horse route. For us, this trail was a beautiful introduction to the Grand Teton park. We took the Jenny Lake ferry to reach the trailhead on the western side of the lake; just around the first bend of the trail, we found a group of hikers and a ranger excitedly viewing a young black bear foraging in the bushes about 25 yards away (and thankfully moving away from us). Farther up the path, a family taught us how to identify the huckleberries that were growing plentifully by the trail; they were delicious! We saw a moose adult and child drinking and wading in pools in the valley (about 30 yards from the trail). We spotted pika in the boulder fields and plenty of chipmunks and squirrels throughout the hike. This trail offers a delightfully varied landscape, beautiful flowers, and plenty of wildlife to enjoy!

hiking
4 months ago

Long story short, my girlfriend wanted to go on a hike and I didn’t want to go on a hike, so we compromised and went on a hike. The first 1.2 miles are steep but over quickly, we made it to the trail marker saying that the fork was 3.3 miles and it was mostly a walk from there. There were three or four water falls on the mountain to the right when you could see through the woods. I got tired about 4 miles in and she lied to me and said there was a vendor selling Gatorade at the end. There was no Gatorade and I did a 9 mile hike.

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