Cascade Canyon Trail

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Cascade Canyon Trail is a 9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Beaver Creek, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
9.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1099 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

snow

no dogs

This is an unbelievable hike up into the base of the Grand Tetons via a boat ride across Jenny Lake. This hike will bring you deep into the Teton Mountain Range. This popular hike will start from the shore of the lake and take you up to the 200 foot tall Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point which provides great views out over the National Park. Most people will stop at this point but this guide will take you a little further up into Cascade Canyon where you might spot a moose or two before heading back for the boat return across Jenny Lake.

hiking
4 minutes ago

Hiked this in late May this year. The weather was overcast, 40s-50s, and we were comfortable in just 2 layers. The Jenny Lake portion was nice, relatively level, with some fabulous views. We didn't see another person on the trail until we got to Hidden Falls. That portion was easily passable with scattered snow.

Once we started on the portion of the hike until to cascade canyon most of the trail was snow-covered. At 9a it was quite difficult to find the trail in the rain and fog. In fact, in one area there was no trail and we only reconnected with the formal trail after ~1/2 mile. A compass and map are a must this time of year.

We walked ~midway down the canyon, before turning around. The snow / fog between the mountains was beautiful. If you are considering an early spring hike: Be prepared for deep snow well into June. I wouldn't recommend this hike (at least at this time of year), if you aren't in good shape. Also, if you aren't comfortable crossing snowfields or slush I wouldn't recommend it as early in the year as we went. However, early in the year it was a unique experience and the trails were empty. Over the course of our 8 mile hike we say a total of ~15 people.

One last FYI: The ranger I spoke with before we set out didn't give me accurate information regarding snow depth. We were told the snow was still hip deep. We decided to risk it, and the snow was knee deep at worst in most spots.

hiking
1 day ago

One of the best hikes I ever did. Great view of mount Owen throughout all the trail. If you can I suggest to take a boat across the Jenny lake since it significantly shortens the distance (hike around the lake is 2.5 miles and i did it only on the way back). I did the hike in June and trail was prepared very well. Definitely worth trying!

hiking
2 days ago

On Tuesday we took the boat across Jenny lake (what a cool ride) We hiked up to Cascade Canyon via the Jenny Lake connector (Horse trail).
The trail was pretty much up hill until you reach the canyon, for most of the climb you’re in the forest. As you leave the shade the trail becomes quite rocky before leveling out right before the canyon. We played in the snow before crossing a stream, We hiked in the canyon alongside the creek for a while, then found a good spot to eat lunch then hiked back down. We encountered some awesome Yellow Bellied Marmots, a Pika butterflies and ravens. Others reported black bears and a moose. The forest, the views and the canyon were awesome.

hiking
3 days ago

Some of the most spectacular hiking scenery I’ve experienced. Saw moose, a bear, deer, lots of marmots. Feel like this trail could be classed as Moderate, all the elevation happens in that first mile and it’s not too strenuous. The loop via Hidden Falls shown on this AllTrails route is currently closed while they develop the area, but you can still access those areas by first returning to the boat dock.

hiking
4 days ago

Loved everything about this. The first half mile is tough (and it’s tough as the last half mile too going down)! We hiked it without snow shoes which would have been nice getting to Lake Solitude. We stopped a mile short to save our energy for the trek back down. There is a beautiful canyon there too that is worth the extra mile after the fork!! The trail itself is well traveled and maintained and very clear so it’d be hard to get yourself off-course.

hiking
5 days ago

This trail is an absolute stunner. All the uphill is right up front and really only lasts half an hour. You are then rewarded by a consistent view of the Tetons from under their shadow. There is plenty of wildlife - we saw a mama moose and her calf as well as plenty of marmot. We hiked to the fork and back. Pro tip: if you want to do this hike go EARLY as it is next to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. Plenty of people had their kids or were hiking in inappropriate footwear. The path is well trodden, and it’s understandable with the views and the proximity to some places that don’t take a lot of effort to get to. If you are going to continue on to Solitude Lake plan to take the boat there or back.

6 days ago

All the work is early, then it’s a gentle, sloping climb through the canyon with Tetons towering all around you. Moose, deer, pika and fresh bear scat all around. We took the boat across Jenny Lake later in the afternoon and choose to add the 3.2 return miles from the original trailhead. Had the trail to ourselves (a refreshing change from the climb in). We spent around 7 hours on trail (12+ miles) with a long sit and coffee at the apex of the canyon. Remember: the final shuttle stop is at 7p (June 2018).

*Only a ‘4’ because we had higher hopes from all the reviews.

9 days ago

Just spectacular. Some of the best views ever - wildlife spotted every time on this trail.

11 days ago

This is an outstanding trail. We hiked around Jenny Lake, then up 3-4 miles into the canyon. We saw two moose, several deer, and a fresh grizzly track. The first part of the trail is very steep, but once you enter the canyon it levels out with amazing panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.

hiking
13 days ago

Attempted to hike up to Lake Solitude via Cascade Canyon last week. Ended up setting up camp about a mile shy of the lake because it was starting to get dark and cloudy and I was tired of hiking in the snow/trail finding. Woke up to ice and wind in the AM and didn't make it to the lake, just hiked out. Incredible views, will absolutely be back to do the full Cascade Canyon/Paintbrush Pass loop when more snow melts.

hiking
1 month ago

We weren’t sure about the conditions, so we asked about it at a visitor’s center and got some awful information. Contrary to her claims, the Jenny Lake trail is relatively clear of snow, and you can hike the majority of this trail without even using snowshoes. We had some, expecting to need to use them, but didn’t even end up putting them on. The views of the snow-capped peaks were incredible and we enjoyed seeing two moose, a great blue heron, two bald eagles and fresh bear tracks.

backpacking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

I loved this trail. Awesome day hike. Went all the way up the canyon out & back. Hidden falls is also great. Saw moose and bear. Some of the most beautiful views of any hiking you could hope for!

2 months ago

Only did first 4 miles but loved it!

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous trail. Did it once, loved it so much I came back to do it again a year later. Starts off steep and strenuous, but then is a gentle incline hiking into the canyon after Inspiration Point. Lots of places to stop and rest. We saw a moose!!

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked to the junction in early July, spectacular views the entire way up. Looking back i wish i continued on to lake solitude, but still one of my all time favorite hikes!

7 months ago

We hiked to the fork in late September. The weather was perfect - mid 60s and sunny. A lot of folks head back after seeing Hidden falls. Don’t! At the very least walk about a mile past and into the canyon. The mountains looming over all is an astounding sight! Highlight of Teton!

hiking
7 months ago

Favorite Trail so far in the Tetons! Absolutely beautiful in the Spring

hiking
7 months ago

Did this spectacular hike to the junction. Next time to lake solitude. Inspiration point is good and fine, but it’s the canyon that’ll keep us coming back. Going in/out of forested patches only to be hit with the breathtaking mountain views again and again is something I’ll never forget. Crowds blissfully thin out once you get into the canyon.

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing views. We took the shuttle boat to Jenny Lake, which cuts off about 2.4 miles, but we still ended up hiking 10 miles in all (5 to reach a point in cascade canyon trail and 5 back). The first mile is steep but it levels out and it is just a lot of walking. But the views along the way get better and better and it’s worth every step! The section with the white granite boulders and wildflowers was my favorite, I could not stop taking pictures. Highly recommend this hike.

8 months ago

We took the ferry and then hiked all the way to where it ends. It was absolutely gorgeous! We saw three bull moose munching on plants by the river! This trail will probably be a bit strenuous for the inexperienced hiker, mainly due to the length and incline at the beginning.

9 months ago

We took the boat across Jenny Lake then hiked up to Cascade Canyon (9/5/17). The first mile is straight up and strenuous but then easy hike thru the canyon. Gorgeous view of the Tetons and so much wildlife! Encountered 4 moose, two about five feet off the trail! Only downfall is the trail is very crowded to and from the boat dock.

hiking
9 months ago

The best hike in the Tetons! A great place to see moose and enjoy the beauty of the Tetons. Absolutely go all the way to Lake Solitude - it's worth the extra effort. Be smart and pack a change of clothes so you can go for a swim.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful hike! Like the reviews mentioned, 1st mile is steep, but rest of the hike fairly flat and easy. Plenty to see as you hike along the stream. We saw two Moose! Weather was beautiful in early September. Lots of people on the trail.

9 months ago

The first 1.2 mile is a nice climb and after you get to the track split for Inspiration Point the climb is very gradual and the the track follows the creek. The scenery is awesome.
The view from Inspiration Point is also great and worth seeing.

9 months ago

Beautiful views of Teton. My favorite canyon hike in the park. I also don't think this route is very hard. It should be moderate but if you do start from one of the Jenny Lake trailheads then it will add a few miles. Elevation gain is so steady after the first mile. Highly recommend

9 months ago

My wife and I loved this trail. The trail is quite steep for the first 0.7 miles but then settles into a gentle comfortable grade all the way to the fork to Lake Solitude. The Canyon walls and glimpses of nearby peaks are breathtaking. The entire hike was a delight for all your senses; the views, the sound of Cascade Creek, the smell of wildflowers, the feel of the breeze and coolness of the creek water. Just awesome. The only caution/warning is that this is also a horse trail which means lots of horse droppings to dodge on the narrow trail.
I recommend taking the shuttle across Jenny Lake. This 9 mile hike was plenty enough for my 65 year old muscles and joints. No need to add an extra 4 miles.
All in all one of our best hikes ever.

10 months ago

My husband did this yesterday and he loved it. Great exercise and gorgeous views!

hiking
10 months ago

Spectacular

hiking
10 months ago

By far the most beautiful hike scenery I have ever seen. Highly recommend.

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