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Cascade Canyon Trail

MODERATE 293 reviews
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Cascade Canyon Trail is a 9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Moose, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and bird watching and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 9.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,099 feet Route Type: Out & Back

camping

hiking

trail running

bird watching

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

rocky

snow

no dogs

TEMPORARY CLOSURE 2018: The path to Inspiration Point that connects to the Cascade Canyon trail is currently closed. There will be no through trail from Hidden Falls and Lower Inspiration Point into Cascade Canyon during the summer of 2018. Visitors can still enjoy Lower Inspiration Point during construction. Parking at South Jenny Lake is extremely limited during the 2018 summer season. Plan on arriving early, before 9:00 am, or plan to visit late in the day, after 4:00 pm to have the best chance of finding a parking space. 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
1 hour ago

Amazing hike - our favorite of the week. Pays to start early in the morning. We started hiking at 815am and were some of the first ones on the trail. We paced ourselves and it took us about 5.5 hrs. Saw 4 bull moose. Absolutely gorgeous!

hiking
2 hours ago

Great trail with amazing views. It’s a must do hike.

hiking
1 day ago

Hi ! as a French Canadian travelling solo I will be in the Yellowstone/GT area over the next few days and I'd like to meet hiking buddies, for fun and safety reasons :) Jean @ 9289996154

hiking
5 days ago

Hiked this on 6/20/19. We started at the Jenny Lake Visitor Center and went around Jenny Lake Trail to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. Beautiful scenery but lots of people until you actually hit the canyon trail. There were still more people than I had been expecting on the canyon trail but MUCH fewer than the rest of the time we’d been hiking. We saw a bull moose and a cow. We didn’t see her baby though others just before us said they did. The canyon trail is fairly easy as it’s mostly flat, but very rocky. Most of the snow has cleared but there were a few patches and there were flurries while we were out. Dress in layers, bring plenty of water and snacks.

hiking
snow
8 days ago

We were 4 people in our early 40’s, in shape and had a beautiful day. We took the ferry over and saw hidden falls and inspiration point and then started cascade canyon at 12:15. We were there June 11 & the crowds were low on the trail...but I can see in mid summer, this would be a very busy trail. It starts out with the first mile gaining quite a bit of elevation quickly, but the remaining three miles is more of a gradual climb, I think 1100 feet climb all together. It is a beautiful canyon to hike, we had life straw water bottles and filled up each a couple times in the stream. You basically are following this cascading river up the canyon. If it was mid summer, there’s definitely places to jump in and cool off. We had about four big snow avalanches to walk across which was pretty sweet. We just went to the fork and came back and took the ferry back. It took us 5 hours round trip, coming back was quicker being down hill. We also took our time, we had one member that was doing some photography. The canyon itself has the views. The fork isn’t much of a view, so don’t assume a great pay off at the fork. But we did sit and eat a snack over looking the falls. We all greatly enjoyed this trail and if I were to go back, I’d seriously think about starting earlier and going to lake solitude and back. This did make me think too about other canyon trails that are there like paintbrush canyon and how beautiful that would be to do...next time :)

hiking
8 days ago

6/13/19 Great hike & beautiful views. Unfortunately did not get to see any big game. After the forks did come across significant snow at 8100ft. Also saw some fresh bear tracks in the snow. Bring plenty of water & snacks. Take your time to enjoy the scenery. Recommend taking the boat across Jenny to save some time & effort, worth the money.

hiking
muddy
snow
9 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

Have done this hike 3 times and it always ranks as one of our favorites. Did the hike on June 5th and had to maneuver through numerous snow piles but was not too difficult as we easily made it to the fork. We started at String Lake and the round trip hike was 13 miles.

hiking
11 days ago

Hiked on June 14th, still a couple areas of snow resulting from avalanches that covered the trail but nothing to worry about - this trail is definitely in good shape. Also, upper inspiration point is official open as of 2 days ago so you can take hidden falls to inspiration point and connect directly into cascade canyon. They haven’t updated the signs at the beginning of the trail yet but it’s all now open. Saw a moose across from inspiration point. Definitely one of the better trails right now, especially since most of the others are impossible to pass due to snow.

snow
13 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

The destination is in the journey not the actual endpoint. I was focused on reaching the fork expecting an epic view. I was disappointed that the fork is in a forested area and no view. Take your time to soak in all of the surroundings including the streams and the rivers. It was a beautiful day in mid June. Just missed a moose and her two babies. Taggart Lake better bang for the buck imo

hiking
14 days ago

Superb hike, with beautiful landscapes!

hiking
20 days ago

We hiked this trail yesterday, June 5. Beautiful sunshiny day. Took the boat across Jenny Lake and started the hike around 1130am on the horse-trail since the trail to upper Inspiration point was closed. There were 4 of us hiking all over the age of 50 without any issues. There is packed snow on the trails but nothing to be concerned about if you have hiking boots on. We saw one very large brown bear climbing up the mountain on our way back and a baby moose on the trail before the Moose Pond trail head. As we completed the trail at the boat dock, a bald eagle flew over our heads. Great way to complete what turned out to be a 15 mile hike. Highly recommend this trail but it can be a bit strenuous at the start of the trail and if you miss the boat coming back, the 2,5 mile hike back around Jenny Lake seems to keep going up and up and up.

hiking
21 days ago

My mate and I hiked the full trail today (5 June). Spectacular day, not a cloud in the sky. Trail conditions were best pre 10am when it started to get slushie. Saw a family of black bears (including 2 cubs) near the top of the trail and also a few moose. Amazing day out, highly recommend.

hiking
22 days ago

Two avalanche fields that many people turned back at but were actually fairly easy to traverse in hiking boots. Slushier snow towards midday made the way back somewhat harder. Started at string lake trailhead to get an early start. Saw a black bear on the trail!

hiking
snow
23 days ago

Great trail. Still with some snow as of 6/2.

hiking
rocky
snow
26 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Only made it to lower inspiration point, still blocked off to cascade canyon. Took the boat over, nice short hike. Brown bear on the trail, lots of traffic, he ran off quick.

hiking
1 month ago

Due to heavy snow on the trail, we were sinking to our hips as after the first 0.25 mile the snow wasn't packed at all, we only made it about a mile in before turning back due to the increasingly heavy snow. We still had a good time even though we didn't quite make it all the way. We'll be returning in summer to finish!

hiking
closed
muddy
snow
1 month ago

We started at the Jenny Lake parking lot. Closer to hidden falls are large patches of snow and be careful when you cross the steep hill part. Hidden falls is beautiful but everything is covered in snow. We went up to lower inspiration point, upper inspiration point and the cut off to cascade canyon is closed. We went back and around to cascade canyon and that’s where the snow got slushy and wet, definitely recommend snowshoes. We only made it 1 mile into cascade canyon because of the snow. Really pretty though!

hiking
1 month ago

This was an amazing hike, one of the best I’ve been on. It was a fairly difficult hike up, but the views were worth it. Several creeks and chances to see wildlife. Would recommend! Must do if in the Tetons!

hiking
2 months ago

We took the boat across to the trailhead. This is a beautiful day hike, or it can be combined with Paintbrush Canyon for a loop with amazing views. Try to make it as far as Lake Solitude, definitely worth the hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike!!! We took the boat across Jenny Lake to cut off some miles. We only hiked to the forks as this was our last of many hikes for the week. Done is late August. Highly recommend.

5 months ago

Went all the way to lake solitude.... fantastic

6 months ago

We did not make it all the way but the views were incredible in the canyon!

6 months ago

Amazing views. Steep start then a flat, visually stunning hike. This was an all-star hike.

hiking
8 months 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
8 months 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.

hiking
8 months 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
8 months 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!

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