Jenny Lake Trail

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Jenny Lake Trail is a 7.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Moose, Wyoming that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October.

DISTANCE
7.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
728 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

no dogs

TEMPORARY CLOSURE: Western portion of Jenny Lake Trail is closed through 2018. Please make sure to follow this map, as it avoids the closed portions and provides alternate routes. There will be no through trail from Hidden Falls and Lower Inspiration Point into Cascade Canyon during the summer of 2018. 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.

hiking
5 days ago

First time hiking this trail and it did not disappoint. The first leg is a nice pace and we saw a bear not too far off the trail which was really cool to watch. Cooled off in the water up top and along the way which was very refreshing. Certainly recommend this trail

6 days ago

This was my first time to Grand Teton and I wasn't sure which trail to hike. I was originally looking for a moderate to hard trail but ended up on the Jenny Lake Trail...and LOVED it. You get to see some amazing scenery and the trail is fun at all times.

hiking
14 days ago

This loop is beautiful! Sections of the trail provide shade but also amazing views of the lake and peaks. I started at the visitor center and went right (when facing the lake). I used this to get a 5 mile trail run in before meeting friends at the Cascade Canyon Trail close to the boat dock. The section of this trail was fairly easy with only small elevation changes. I highly recommend heading up the Cascade Canyon Trail as the views are great and we saw some wildlife.

trail running
18 days ago

Fantastic trail to get in some miles without overdoing it. Scenic views all around.

As an even more scenic alternative I would recommend starting at the Jenny Lake visitor’s center and heading north (facing the lake, go right). About 4 miles in on the west side of the lake take the cascade canyon trail. 6 mile out & back with great views and a lot of wildlife (saw black bears and a big bull moose). You can opt to take the boat back across the lake instead of running the rest of the way around if you aren’t looking for a ~20 miler.

trail running
18 days ago

Fantastic trail to get in some miles without overdoing it. Scenic views all around.

As an even more scenic alternative I would recommend starting at the Jenny Lake visitor’s center and heading north (facing the lake, go right). About 4 miles in on the west side of the lake take the cascade canyon trail. 6 mile out & back with great views and a lot of wildlife (saw black bears and a big bull moose). You can opt to take the boat back across the lake instead of running the rest of the way around if you aren’t looking for a ~20 miler.

19 days ago

The first part of trail is moderate and second part is easy. The views throughout are as good as it gets. Encountered a brown bear on the trail halfway around eating berries and ignored us. Best hike!

hiking
21 days ago

This is an easy 8 mile loop hike. Please be aware that the trail to Hidden Fall and Inspiration Point are closed due to Rock Fall concerns. They are currently evaluating the potential danger. No timing for reopening.

25 days ago

This hike was amazing! It was not hard, and it was fun, with a breathtaking view the entire time!

27 days ago

did this with string lake for a great morning hike last week - start early. part of trail was closed due to rockfall so did not see hidden falls but scenary made up for it! was a zoo by the time we left at 1pm but had time for a quick dip of the feet in the lake (great after 18km) before getting out of the chaos! long but very easy - nothing technical and no major climbs so just a really nice morning hike.

1 month ago

This was a moderate hike with great views of he Grand Tetons. Great for a family or couple hiking. Multiple trail runners on this hike. Start early to avoid the heat.

1 month ago

Only go to do about 4 miles of the trail since the rest was closed off. Very easy with some good views of the mountains and lake.

1 month ago

So beautiful! We took a couple of detours to see waterfalls. Lovely walk around the lake.

1 month ago

Did the trail on the 7th of July so it was pretty busy but still quite enjoyable. Our group did the entire loop in just under 5 hours including stops. We chose to get the climb done first so we headed clockwise around the lake from the Visitors Center. Wish I had bought swimwear to take a dip after we finished.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike around Jenny lake. I started at the south visitor center and went towards string lake before wrapping around to hidden falls and inspiration point-which unfortunately was closed. The views were beautiful and I started the trail about 7 am, not too busy.

1 month ago

Started this hike from the Jenny lake visitors center and headed north around the lake taking in some beautiful mountain views. The trail is well marked and easy as far as difficulty levels are considered. Instead of walking the whole loop I wanted to explore a little elevation and took into the Cascade Canyon trail for a few miles just shy of the junction. Due to a late start on this adventure I had to turn back in order to make the last boat ride of the day (7 pm) back to the visitors center. Saw a fox on the trail later in the evening which was a great surprise and treat. This one is recommended for all levels unless you tack on one of the adjoining trails along the way which can include some elevation and distance so plan accordingly.

hiking
1 month ago

it was great. Saw lots of little little animals, checked out the Cascade. portions of the trail are closed for renovations but there's ways around.
easy trail but long, definitely recommend.

1 month ago

Lovely trail which we started at Jenny Lake North Junction to avoid the reputed heavy traffic at the South Junction. We walked via String lake , then onto Hidden Falls(beautiful but trail very busy at this point with traffic from shuttle ). Shortly after this we veered off & do the Moose pond loop trail, where we thought we saw a bear in the distance somewhat further up the Tetons. Eventually rejoined the main trail just short of the shuttle terminal. We continued past the maddening crowds here and they eventually thinned out when we had a very pleasant flat walk back to String Lake. Lots of rapids on the river, incredible beauty of Jenny Lake with Teton reflection. Saw some Squirrel, Water Hens but no Moose.

1 month ago

Overall great hike but to many people. It’s the most popular trail in GTNP so it’s expected and worth the views of Hidden Falls. Make sure you stop in on Moses Ponds Trail! We were able to watch a bull moose feed from the pond up close but keep your distance.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail. The views were alright. Mostly incline. some people on the trail stated it was more difficult than they expected it would be. I thought it was easy. Maybe difficult for people who are new hikers. There were 2 mooses on the trail and a falling rock which almost hit us if we didnt hear the crashing sound. However i recommend this.

trail running
1 month ago

trail ran it and accidentally missed a turn and had to loop String Lake, which made the whole trip about 11 miles. pretty sweet trail with some awesome land and water features. "easy" is probably accurate--anyone in normal health could manage the inclines, which are not always completely accessible, but definitely not beyond what you'd expect and hope for. no bears seen, but did see moose and her child. only issue I had was black-topped parts near parking lots, not because it compromised authenticity, as one might argue, but because I was trail running and hitting black top wasn't cool. would definitely do again.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike next to the lake the whole time. The climb is mostly going in, so coming out was easier and a relief. Go early in the day in summer - the parking lot was full in the late morning.

hiking
2 months ago

Very beautiful spot! You will have to pay 35$ to get into the park but the pass is good for 7 days! Also if you want to take the boat across the river is it 15$ or you can hike around it which was great! A ton of tourists so I would highly recommend venturing on your own! Definitely bring bear mace to be safe! Highly recommend!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail! Incredible views of the lake with the Tetons in the background. The upper left quadrant of the traditional trail is closed for renovation so there is an alternate route higher in the mountain that adds a bit more difficulty and elevation gain. We hiked counter clockwise to avoid the congestion on the other side and it also provided us great views of the lake and Tetons at the beginning of the hike. However, it did make the end of the hike more difficult. All in all, great hike to get started in Tetons!

2 months ago

Stunning trail, especially early in the morning when the lake is calm and the reflection is clear. Very crowded if you go later in the day.

2 months ago

Incredible variety of views and experiences. Lake, river, THE mountain, waterfalls. On the west side of the lake, the lower trail is closed so you'll have to do some climbing to get to the higher route. This is a must do trail if you're visiting this park.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful scenic hike throughout. Moderately trafficked, you’ll find yourself crossing paths with other individuals along the way. Take some time to get down by the water or step out along the lookouts to take in the breathtaking views.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike! There were a lot of people on the trail. We saw some bears on the trail so be careful!

hiking
2 months ago

Terrific hike with amazing views. Some good elevation changes, deer, but apart from small ground animals, not a lot of wildlife to view. Very crowded with hikers.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous trail! Amazing views of the lake and mountains. Parts of the trail were covered in snow and pretty muddy, but not too bad. We saw plenty of marmots and a moose.

hiking
3 months ago

We hiked this trail in May and still had to cross knee high snow along the mountain. The trail was mildly challenging in a couple of areas but beautiful views the entire way.

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