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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.

We managed to do this trail in 4 hours between rain showers. The canyon is wonderful and great fall colors. No sign of bears but it is prime territory’s I tale precautions

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21 days 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.

Hiked trail mid sept’18. Easily accessible from west thumb parking area and across main park road. Offers nice view of Yellowstone lake from high point. Proceeded with caution due to bear warning signs and scat and was relieved to be joined by another hiking couple for what was a pleasant 90 min 2 mile hike through meadow and light forest with mild hills. Lots of room up top for a snack and pictures.

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22 days ago

First real big hike in Tetons. So worth the hike. Definitely gotta go again. Challenging hike and rock scrambling.

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.

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27 days ago

This was a challenging hike, and steep at times but slow and steady wins the race on this one. The views at the top are incredible! You can see all the way to the Grand Tetons. But make sure to bring warm layers for the top, it was a beautiful sunny 65 degree day at the bottom but incredibly windy and cold at the top. Thankfully people have built small rock wall barriers that you sit in and eat and relax at the top. We made it up in 2hrs 20min and it took about 1hr to get down. Coming down was challenging at points because of the steepness coupled with all the loose rocks and dirt, I recommend finding a walking stick.

A great hike to test your legs and your stamina!

Fantastic trail, with breathtaking vistas, trail challenging enough to be exciting. Love it

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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

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1 month ago

Very nice view 360 degree view from the top including Yellowstone Lake and other mountain peaks. Not an easy hike and the 4.1 mile distance is definitely off. My Apple Watch recorded 5.53 miles, someone should get this distance updated. I was hoping to see some bighorn sheep or a grizzly at distance but didn’t see either. Challenging but well worthwhile hike.

We took the overlook trail up. The switchbacks were tough. It was not very well marked at the top. We, luckily, found our way back to the trail to the falls. Other than that the trail was well maintained. The views were incredible. The falls were spectacular. Overall a fantastic hike.

We took the Southwest route. I’m an advanced hiker but my fiancé is not so I wanted an easy trail. This route was definitely more moderate and challenging for him. We did get to view a bull moose eating at the moose pond which was a neat experience. Thankfully we were able to bring the boat back rather than hike the rest of the loop. Beautiful trail, great weather. Highly recommend it.

It's nice, I've done with along with amphitheater and delta lake. But if you feel that's too much, skip this part and only do the lakes!!! They are much nicer

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1 month ago

Nice view from the mountain, but honestly considering the distance, it's not worth it (almost 8 miles). There are nicer hikes

Pretty good hike.Never carried bear spray and did around 8miles and then got a boat ride. Awesome views of the tetons.

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1 month ago

Nice hike to get you acclimated to the elevation. We went east around the lake when we got there. Much better views going this way. However, you then have to finish with the falls, which can be more challenging for your legs at the end of the 8 mile hike.

Very nice walk with beautiful scenery. Include Hidden Falls

Great hike! Being from Washington and sea level, the elevation was the biggest challenge, like some others have said. My husband and I could not catch our breaths by the time we were about halfway up! Gorgeous views though of the park, lake, and mountain ranges.

This hike was HARD but so worth it! I consider myself in shape however the elevation kicked my butt. I panted the whole way up because it is quite literally a constant incline. It gets a little sketchy up top with loose rocks that make you feel like you might slip right off the Mountain. The views are spectacular throughout though! I’ll be sore for days but I’d do it all again! I think the distance should be edited - my Fitbit tracked 3.05 miles one way - which would make this hike 6.10 miles not 4.1.

Very pretty trail! Did this with my sixth month old, and it was a nice enjoyable trail.great for kids and family. The views of Jenny lake are gorgeous!

Awesome hike. Camped at the horseman's camp by Boone Creek, then woke up early and hiked this trail. It's about a 1-hour drive East of Ashton, ID. The trail is in great shape and has some wonderful views. Even with my young boys, it was about 1 hour or less each way.

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1 month ago

Short and rewarding hike. It was a steady climb most of the way with a lot of rock scrambling towards the last 1/2 mile, but I didn’t find it particularly challenging. I reached the peak in about an hour and 15 minutes and down in less than an hour. Great views at the top but it is very windy so layers are a must!

We did this hike three days ago. Started pretty early and had it mostly to ourselves. Very easy practically flat with changing scenery throughout. Forest to open meadows and then of course the lake area. Huge bull bison hanging out right off the trail about a half mile in. The area around the lake is lovely and quiet. Lots of lily pads so seems like a good place for moose although we didn’t see any. We’d do this hike again just for the scenery.

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1 month ago

Very nice and easy trail. We did it last week and saw a black bear. Even if they don't live in the area, berries are attracting them :)

I arrived at Jenny Lake with only a few hours is sunlight left in the day. I started to hike around the north side but then saw regular boat traffic originating from the south and went to investigate. There is a ferry system that will provide 1, or 2-way transits to/from the West side of the lake. I got the 1-way and hiked back on the South side of the lake (~2.5mi). BEAUTIFUL!!!! Didn’t have much time to explore but did fit in Hidden Falls which is only minutes off the main loop and well worth it. Saw multiple squirrels/chipmunks and a Red Fox on the main loop. Skipped Inspiration Point and wasn’t disappointed because the South side of the loop provided multiple high-vantage-point views! Atmosphere was Smokey due to regional fires and I was concerned I wouldn’t have a good view of the Tetons. To my surprise, as the evening cooled off, the view cleared up and the views were incredible. Moderate terrain, beautiful views and the ferry ride is well worth it ($8 1-way) for an uninhibited view of the Tetons. Highly recommended and I can’t wait to get back and hike the whole loop! Enjoy!

Trail was a bit confusing and poorly marked at first. Do not head uphill to the overlook if you are wanting to get to Fairy Falls, just keep walking. Once you're on the trailhead, it's marked very well. Fairy Falls was great and the chipmunks were overly friendly. We walked on to Imperial Geyser and back out. Trail gets a bit muddy in sections but for the most part it's flat and well maintained.

Take your fly rod. Lots of small Cutts and Arctic Grayling. See if you fish better than the Ospreys flying overhead.

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