Cascade Canyon Trail

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Cascade Canyon Trail is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Jackson, Wyoming that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

9.3 miles
1351 feet
Out & Back




nature trips

trail running







wild flowers


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.

Pay for the boat to ride across the Jenny Lake and enjoy a great view of the Tetons. The first mile from the boat dock to the canyon is very steep and the hardest part of the hike (both going up and coming down. But after that the canyon is almost entirely flat and easy to talk. Once you get the canyon the views are stunning the entire way. A really great canyon to see moose (we saw one right on the trail!), marmots, Pika, and more. We went all the way to the the junction at the end and were disappointed that the end doesn't offer anything particularly exciting. So feel free to go in as far as you want! I recommend going until you get to the part where the trees are covered in moss and then turning around. That meadowy area has a lot of moose and the view of the Tetons begins to get blocked by trees. You must see this canyon if you are going to Grand Teton!

3 days ago

Absolutely love this trail. I've done it twice now. Seen tons of wildlife: deer, foxes, a beaver, and snakes. Others have seen bears and moose as well. The trail is also great for wildflowers. The worst part is the start. There is a long uphill but you get by it and than you can walk in the canyon, which is unbelievable. There is waterfalls and snow and it's great. Can't speak highly enough of this trail!!!

5 days ago

Good hike. Steep at first but the last bit is fairly flat. The temp does drop a bit as you go up so plan accordingly. We did see a few marmots and a couple of moose which was great. We took the boat across the lake to cut out some mileage. In mid June there is still a bit of snow at some parts making it hard to cross without hiking poles to help keep your balance.

10 days ago

Amazing hike!!! Great views and animal sighting.

13 days ago

Easily one of the best hikes I've ever taken. The mountain views are spectacular, and it felt a bit like hiking through the Alps! Hiking in early summer means there's still snow, but this added to our hiking experience, creating opportunities to snow surf and initiate the occasional friendly snowball fight. This trail showcases nearly every type of terrain - lakeside meadow, lush forest, rocky landslides, creek side beaches, and sun-dappled aspen groves. The trail isn't easy, but the struggle is beyond worth it. Anyone can and should take this hike!

15 days ago

Great hike yesterday with my family. My boys are ages 12-17 and we had a great time. Beautiful views all around you.

16 days ago

20 days ago

WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! Hiked this today (June 1, 2017) with my brothers. We're all teenaged and thought it was doable. Incredible vistas. We started at the North Jenny Lake parking lot and made our way to Inspiration Point (about 3+ miles) and then cut back into Cascade Canyon. There is still snow covering the trail at points but it is incredibly passable if you are responsible. Inspiration Point was great but getting up high into the canyon was absolutely unreal. You're hiking up-against the back northwestern face of Grand Teton Peak and its absurdly beautiful. Great places on the trail to stop and have a meal. Bring lots of water and snacks. Prepare for a 5+ hour endeavor.

1 month ago

Took the shuttle boat across Jenny Lake to be able to shorten hike to Lake Solitude. Hiking through Cascade Canyon is relatively flat, but it gets steeper as you climb to Lake Solitude. Saw one moose in the canyon, and a number of marmots on the way up to and back from the lake.

2 months ago

3 months ago

Took the boat across Jenny lake to start the hike up to Inspiration Point, which lives up to its namesake! Then you head back into the Canyon which is jaw dropping. We saw picas and a total of four moose. My kids were in heaven. My favorite hike of our vacation to The Badlands, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton!

8 months ago

One of the best hikes in the park.

9 months ago

On 9/13/16, the Hidden Falls trail beyond the Inspiration Point off the Cascade Canyon trail was closed. The hardest portion of this trail was a half mile before the Inspiration Point on the way up. From the Inspiration Point to the Fork was actually easier.

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9 months ago

super beautiful hike from jenny lake to lake Solitude. Its so beautiful will continue to go there for years to come

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9 months ago

Other trails may be as beautiful but it is not possible on earth to get more beautiful!!
Not easy but not strenuous.