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Lovely views above Phelps Lake. Take the time to go beyond Patrol Cabin as the canyon opens out and you get tremendous views. There was a light covering of snow in the Canyon which made it all the more spectacular. The aspens were at their best

Lovely short hike/walk. Folks in front of us saw Moose. We enjoyed mallards on the river.

Great longer hike around the lake. We started near the jenny lake overlook and went to the right (looking at the lake). We were the only people in the trail until the intersection trailhead. Continued into hidden falls as a nice side trip before finishing the loop. Went past moose pond, did not see any moose or wildlife. It was snowing dueing our hike so the view of the mountains wasnt good, however the snow was pretty.

very well maintained trail with a lot of spectacular scenery to photograph.

Hiked this Oct 14. Snow at Patrol Cabin and into the canyon. Tough hike if you are just acclimating to the elevation-it’s a long, uphill trek to the cabin from Phelps Lake. We did go into the canyon a bit, but there was about 6” of snow so we didn’t go too far. The switchbacks are not super steep, just constant uphill for a while. Beautiful scenery, although most of the aspens had lost their leaves.

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30 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

hiking
1 month 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.

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1 month ago

Always enjoy the view here

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1 month 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
1 month 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!

Beautiful spot for sunrise photos. We saw a herd of Elk swim through and cross the river

This is one of our all time favorite!!
We did the loop down devils staircase..this is a long day but worth everything mike of it ...FYI we try and hike at least once a week and usually 12t Miles so if you have not been hiking maybe hike a bit before you go ...

We hiked about a half mile to the north and saw two female moose just hanging out. One walked into the river then ate leaves. They were there for a while despite the on and off rain sprinkles. This was around 3pm today 10-2-18

Amazing and beautiful hike to patrol cabin. So many different landscapes, and you have to make it into the canyon. Simply breathtaking. Did it with the fall colors!! A favorite hike for sure!

Awesome for wildlife!

hiking
1 month ago

Enjoyable hike completed over 2 early mornings. First from east boat station to west side of lake, hidden falls and lower inspiration point. We took boat back to east side($9ea. 10 min ride). Afternoon spent on moose pond loop accessible from main trail. Next morning hiked from east boat station over north route to west boat dock. Saw many deer. Great views of Jenny lake and feed waters from string lake at the northern panhandle. The trail detours here from lake shore to foot bridge across upper panhandle (Portasans at nearby parking lot). Again reached hidden falls trail head and took boat back to east shore. Wife did not duck low enough under fallen pine blocking trail resulting in bloody scalp wound. Wasn’t clear about length or difficulty of entire lake trail in one hike but in hindsight it is doable for a couple of sixty somethings taking their time over mix of flat/ rocky/ hilly terrain. Watch out for fallen trees ha.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

Nice easy hike, a little crowded

I hiked this one to about 1.5 miles past the cabin, through the meadow and into some outstanding forest on September 23, 2018. Fall colors were everywhere!

perfect location nice hot water

Very confusing if you opt for the right hand fork labeled "observation " (?) or lookout. We didn't find the main trail after that until wandering around in mucky marsh around Swan Lake, and found a marker by accident. Otherwise, very flat and easy, as well as boring, trail.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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.

Awesome views. In and out with several rest and photo stops. Took 4 1/2 hours

hiking
1 month ago

A fabulous trail that can be adjusted to meet your needs and time.

We hiked the full circle today with side trips to Inspiration Point and Hidden Falls. Hidden Falls is a GEM of a waterfall and very easy to get to. You can hike from the south Jenny Ranger Station, or from the north from the String Lake parking or even right a boat to the base of the falls and just hike up the gorge 1/4 mile. Take your pick.

Ok, here is my list.
1. The circle is 7.7 miles but the side routes adds another 1.2 miles
2. Western side of the lake trail has a moderate climb up to the falls. Otherwise the trail is very easy and well maintained
3. The Western side has two trails coming from the Ranger Station. The lower trail is closed for restoration.
4. Get to the parking lot early otherwise you will be doing a hike before you start your hike
5. The Eastern side of the lake trail is virtually flat and dirt with an occasional rock or root. Very easy
6. The only treacherous part of the trail is a rock slide area on the west side before you arrive at the falls. The rocks are loose and sharp.
7. We had deer on the trail with us for over a mile and only left the trail when we arrived at the String Lake creek
8. The burn area on the west side is sun exposed but offers a lot of diversity in plants which are giving good color right now
9. The trail is crowded from the southern parking lot to the falls on the west side
10. Runners use the eastern side

And Hidden Falls is flowing very very very well. It is worth every step of the trip

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.

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2 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.

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