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Jenny Lake Trail is a 7.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Moose, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is best used from June until October.

Length 7.9 mi Elevation gain 623 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Snowshoeing Beach Forest Lake River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Snow No dogs
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Please note that during winter months this trail may be closed temporarily.

Parking is the biggest problem so get there early esp in the summer.

Grand Teton National Park P.O. Drawer 170 Moose, WY 83012-0170 Information (307) 739-3300 More information: http://www.nps.gov/grte/contacts.htm

Directions from Moose: Travel north on the Teton Park Road to South Jenny Lake turnoff. Trail begins near the East Shore Boat Dock and you can choose to circumnavigate the lake in either direction.

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Brad Byrd
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Sean Payne
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Bryce Wilson
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Phil VanDerHeyden
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An Amazing location!

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Christopher Eby
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Gary Goodnuff
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Phil VanDerHeyden
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Amazing and saw a bear!

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Alex Newman
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Easy trail if you don’t add in inspiration point. Lots of visitors due to the easy access and relatively flat loop.

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Bert McLean
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very pleasant and easy trail with spectacular views of the tetons

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Tracy Lonstein
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Went counterclockwise as recommended by others, great for first part which is leisurely stroll with few people. Once arriving to boat dock, way too many people for climb up to Inspiration Point and worse for the short few steps from the trail to the falls. Inspiration Point has some lovely views but you'll be jockeying with gen pop tourists for a spot to walk and take a breather or a photo. Check Leigh to Holly Lake through Paintbrush Canyon for a better hike (vs. walk) with just as magnificent views and way less people.

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Praveen Raj
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Paul C
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Jennifer Anderson
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Easy hike if you don’t mind the distance. It took a little under 3 hours, we started at 4 pm so it was pretty watching the golden hour and sun dropping colors. It was very beautiful. We stayed on the trail and didn’t go on any of the Moose lake or Falls because we started so late.

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Michael Marsh
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Awesome trail. Very crowded, but lots of people wearing masks as you pass each other. Get there early to have some moments of solitude and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Also, especially now check the air quality before you embark. When we arrived in Jackson on Tuesday 9/14 the Tetons were completely engulfed in smoke. We were fortunate to have great views the day we hiked Jenny Lake. Enjoy!

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Shannon L
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We went counterclockwise around the lake and started around 8:30 after a few stops on the drive to Jenny Lake. When we got there it was fairly quiet and plenty of parking. We encountered a few other hikers but not many. Once we got to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point it was way too crowded, in my opinion. Most people either take the boat to the falls or hike the short section to and from. I would recommend to hike that section first and then continue around. The views of the lake were beautiful and the mountains were easily visible even though it has been pretty smokey the whole time we have been here. The trail is mostly flat but does have a few up and down sections. The trail to inspiration point is more steep. There are a few trail options you can take off of this trail, so consider that and we did see a moose by Moose Pond. All and all, I think a relatively easy hike apart from distance. We measured about 8.0 miles from start to finish without any detours. FYI when we got back to the parking lot at around 12:30 there was absolutely no parking.

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Paul C
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Nick Gadomskiy
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Awesome

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Cariana Glessner
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my phone died half way through but we did the entire trail. 10 miles

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Matt Finefrock
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Not for the adventurous . Did this hike counter clockwise as per some of the recommendations. We got there early and had no problem with parking. Had the trail to ourselves, until we got close to the falls. If your looking for a walk, this is the trail for you. If your looking for something special, challenging, and unique...choose another. It was a long walk around, we reached the falls that were already starting to get crowded. Took a few pics and left. Not worth the walk. Also, the map on this app is incorrect if you do it counterclockwise. Best option would be to arrive early walk straight to the falls and leave.

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Elizabeth Holden
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Easy loop around the lake with a few nice pit stops. Shaded about half the time. Any skill level. Trail is actually 8+ miles, FYI. Got to parking lot at 7, wide open. When we left before noon it was PACKED. Fun overall!

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Brian Ashbridge
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Great views, Hidden Falls and Inspiration point are spectacular!!

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Mark Krause
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Christian Naylor
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Easy hike, but beautiful. Take it counterclockwise for a better finish. Get there as early as you can to avoid crowds and for a better chance to see wildlife. Inspiration Point and Hidden Falls are very nice but expect crowds and not much time to really reflect and enjoy, but there are many great spots along the trail to sit by the lake. Crowds are mainly at the boat dock and around the falls and point. The trail is much much less crowded.

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Rachel Buckland
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Easy hike- we went up to inspiration point. Towards the end of the 3.5 miles out the ferry drops off tons of people so it was a slow walk behind dozens of walkers on the trail. Also took a look at moose lake where we spotted a moose! We swam at the halfway mark which was very refreshing!!

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Mar Carpanelli
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Gorgeous views, really easy hike. We also went to Hidden Falls, Inspiration Point and walked up the canyon - worth it for beautiful views of the Tetons and to make it more of a workout!

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Rick Stefanich
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What a beautiful and scenic trail. I will echo others - get there early! Also we found the counter-clockwise route better for scenery and less traffic. Also, we took our time and went by the water, took some pics...soaked in the scenery. I don’t know how people get done so quickly but it took us a good 5 hours. Including some time at Hidden Falls. But...great trek. Also moderate only in length. The hike itself is easy.

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Tammy Mulkey
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long trail, but beautiful. Jenny Lake is gorgeous.

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Autumn Elorreaga
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Awesome!

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Narayan Sivaram
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Spectacular hike to see the falls in their rumbling, cascading glory. A little challenging for kids. Did not spot any Grizzlies along the way :(

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