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My friends and I did this hike last Sunday (8/12) and were somewhat disappointed with the closures on the trail. Also, the entirety of this hike runs alongside North Rim Drive, which really takes away from the majesty of hiking in the wilderness.

We started this trek around 3 pm and arrived back at our car around 5 pm. Instead of starting at the Upper Falls, like the trail map suggests, we actually began at the Brink of the Lower Falls Trail. This ended up being the highlight of our day, as the views looking back into The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone were absolutely breathtaking!

After making the trek back up to the road, we continued onward to Lookout Point and Grand View. We would have liked to reach Inspiration Point but were met with a closure sign upon arriving at the trailhead, which really put a damper on the day.

We did end up driving along the South Rim Drive to Artist Point, which was a pleasant consolation, even though Inspiration Point provided a higher vantage point and an entire view of the canyon, which we missed out on.

If you’re looking to escape the masses on the road, this is not the trail for you.

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!

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.

Top 3 best hikes I’ve done! We took a shuttle boat to the trail head. The first mile or so is all uphill and heavily trafficked but once you make it to the canyon it’s a steady hike with amazing views of waterfalls, cascades and the mountain side! We saw a grizzly bear about 30 yards munching on some berries and two moose in the marsh!

Fantastic trail. If you don't want to pay for the ferry, you can park at String Lake and hike just 1.7 miles to the trailhead, saving 2.2 miles vs the hike from the Jenny Lake trailhead. once you complete the initial switchbacks which are somewhat strenuous, the remainder of the trail is a gradual climb up the canyon. Even if you can't complete the full trail, don't stop at the trail junction at the top of the switchbacks. One further mile into the canyon opens up views and vistas you don't want to miss. I had the luck to see two moose across the creek and encounter zero bears. Do being bear spray and hike in a group.

hiking
5 days ago

This hike is absolutely incredible. The detour makes the hike more like 14 miles. The view and wildflowers are amazing. Would also recommend swimming in Lake Solitude. We saw 4 moose just on this hike. Its a must.

We absolutely loved this hike! Took us about 5 hours in total, we went just past the fork at the end to picnic a bit closer to the falls. We saw a black bear near the start, and the views throughout this hike were simply unreal... At one point, my 17 yr old son squealed with joy at the views near the creek.. One of the definite highlights of our Grand Teton/ Yellowstone trip, highly recommended! Definitely recommend an early start: we took an 8 am boat crossing, and had the trail mostly to ourselves. On our way back, the trail was PACKED and it was a completely different experience.

A wonderful day hike. Start early to avoid too many hikers. A steep initial climb leads to gentle upward canyon walk. Most often you will see moose, pica and lots of wildflowers.
Our family’s favorite hike

hiking
8 days ago

Actually I don't think this fall is as good as many other falls in Yellowstone, while the trail is very short and won't consume many time.

hiking
8 days ago

One of the most favorite trails in United States. I went there in June. There are many falls beside the canyon generated by melt snow. In the end you can see a beautiful large fall.

Good family day hike but very busy. Lots to see along the trail. I did the hike July 17, 2018 and don't feel the bugs were bad at all. I didn't put on bug spray, just kept a decent pace and they didn't seem to land on me. Some of the reviews suggesting stopping early, but I really think that all of the different landscapes are worth the hike. To stop early is only to spend more time in shops or restaurants and that's not what I'm here for. the end of this trail isn't really a "grand finale" type of finish but beautiful and worth the extra steps to see the cascades at the fork. If you're looking for something spectacular, go on to one of the other trails at the fork.

hiking
11 days ago

Gorgeous trail. We would have gone to solitude trail but we started off bit late and had to catch the shuttle back. There is creek flowing all along and the views are gorgeous! The trail is moderate but most of the elevation is at the beginning after which it is a straight path. We stopped at the fork for the lunch by the flowing stream which was turquoise ! I also did see raspberries growing on near the trail. Loved it. Will do this again !

Great spot for night photos as it’s a short walk down to the water and the reflection of the stars on the water can be seen

A walk not a hike! Expect to not go at your pace as your walking with many others. However; it leads you to the end destination of a “soak”.

Great hike! Saw a moose in the beginning of the trail up close. Beautiful views. Two black bears ran across the trail toward the upper portion of the trail. Amazing place.

Saw a beaver and swans late evening here. Great place to take a photo of the Tetons!

This is a favorite while in the park. The cascades are a nice stop for lunch. Saw grade school aged kids on the trail enjoying themselves. Very busy

hiking
19 days ago

Awesome! Saw a big moose! Highly recommend:)

Awesome hike!!!! Beautiful alpine views! Great swimming holes too!!

Not sure what some reviewers expect out of a hike, because this one has everything: mountain vistas, cascading stream, crystal clear waters, large wildlife (moose, bears, deer), abundant flowers, birds, and a relatively easy trail. I’ve done this hike 7-8 times and it never fails to amaze me. The trail eventually reaches the fork (south fork to Schoolroom Glacier and Hurricane Pass, north fork to Lake Solitude), which makes for a good turnaround spot. I would recommend a short hike up the north fork to see the Cathedral Group (Grand, Teewinot, and Owen) from the north. It’s an amazing view!

hiking
29 days ago

Starts with forest then lake views. Saw juvenile grizzly in the berry bushes. Then stunning canyon with tetons on each side. Beautiful waterfalls and river with two bull moose and lots of pikas.

I feel bad giving this three stars, because I think it’s probably worth more than that, but I think it’s a little overrated personally.
I’ll start out by saying that it has some absolutely beautiful scenery, don’t get me wrong at all, but given some of the reviews, I was expecting a little more I think; I was also hoping for something at the end of the trail, but it was literally just a fork to continue onto other trails. I should have researched it better as I’m sure I could have found that myself haha but I would recommend not doing the full thing if you aren’t going to continue onto another trail, as there are no sweeping views and it’s shrouded in forest for a lot of the last part so the views are a little covered.
Another downer was the fact that there were bugs... everywhere!! Like everywhere! Definitely wear bug spray - there were more flies (and other weird black bugs that stay on your skin?!) than I’ve ever experienced on any other hike in my life! I don’t mind mosquitos and flies around as it’s obviously the wilderness and you expect that, but this was a whole new level hahah.

The first mile is tough but after that it barely climbs at all. Despite my lower rating, I think it’s a great trail people should check out - but I’d recommend only going to the first waterfall coming from the peak, or where there’s a bit of a break at the creek. Beautiful photo opportunities there. I also saw a moose in the river which was exciting :)

Did this trail in July 2017. Long stretches of packed snow near the top and hiked through a small snow storm. Very scenic, great overviews into the park and tremendous views from the top. Also, saw mountain goats grazing on cliff to east of lookout.

I did trail in July 2017. Interesting views and unique perspective of the falls. Stairs, stairs and more stairs.

Trail is closed for the season

hiking
1 month ago

Starts out pretty steep but wide enough and not too hard to walk up. Once you get to the creek it’s a nice spot to stop and wet down your arms and neck to cool off in the summer. From that point on it is very mellow. Gets a little narrow in some spots with vegetation encroaching on the trail but for the most part the trees and foliage provide a nice amount of shade. I only made it about 5 miles in before turning around to catch the shuttle back. Several great canyon clearings and heading the roar of the cascades as you approach the louder sections is a great motivator.

I could imagine it being a pain to come back down the steep part if it is crowded with people coming up from the shuttle. As long as you track your progress and keep time it seemed nice to go out later in the day and catch one of the shuttles going back around 6pm (last one was at 7pm) but don’t cut it too close unless you’re prepared to hike a couple hours back to the visitor center without taking the boat.

hiking
1 month ago

Took my wife and two boys (7+9) up the cascade canyon trail to the big waterfall- seemed like about 4 miles in one way. Took the Jenny lake ferry - $45 for 2 adults/2 kids, round trip. 10 min boat trip, every 15 min or so. Holds 40 people. You can skip the ferry, but 2.5 mi hike. Last ferry leaves 7pm. The hiking took about 5 hrs round trip, lots of breaks and lunch. Weather sunny, low 80’s. Mosquitoes in the shaded areas, but not bad. The first mile is tough uphill climb, but levels off after that. Used about 6 quarts of water/drink w 4 of us. The creek the trail follows is absolutely gorgeous! You can put your feet in it roughly halfway up the trail. Boys were very tired at the end. Jenny lake is beautiful against the mountains. There is a small boat ramp to the left of the main ramp, about 1/4 mike hike away where you can park also.

Almost gave the trail 4 stars due to all the closures that interrupted our hike because there were no signs warning us of them til we got to the closure— but the views were so breathtaking it’s still worth 5 stars to me. This trail was the highlight of my entire Yellowstone trip, 10/10 would do again.

Did this trail a couple weeks ago! Was my first trail I had ever done at Grand Teton and I'll tell you this is gorgeous. Do yourself a favor and hike the full length of the trail to the sign at the end! But keep in mind that the trail is long. I started at the string lake trail head so this trail was around 12 miles round trip. The beginning is a little tough. A small speed bump if you will. But once you get up into the canyon your crushing it for days man. It's a cruise the sights are awesome aqua blue river with the teton range on both sides of you. One of my favorite hikes to date! If you are going to Grand Teton NP make this your top on your to do list!!!

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