Lake Solitude via Cascade Canyon Trail is a 13.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Moose, Wyoming that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

Length13.7 miElevation gain2,375 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingHikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningForestLakeRiverViewsWildlifeRockySnowFeeNo dogs
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Grand Teton National Park charges a fee to enter that varies by vehicle or if entering on foot, horse, or bike. For more information, please visit https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/fees.htm. Parking at South Jenny Lake is extremely limited during the 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. There is a ferry available to take across the lake. Prices are $18 for round trip and $10 for a one-way fare. Please call if you have questions. (307) 734-9227

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Mackenzie allen
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SnowshoeingOff trailSnow

Just a friendly reminder the main road is closed after Taggart lake trailhead. Add an additional 4(ish) miles to Jenny Lake trail head.

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James Hayne
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HikingGreat!

We hiked from the Jenny Lake boathouse at sunrise in September. Encountered a bull moose along the lake that ran us off the trail before we headed up to Inspiration Point. Breathtaking views as the fog cleared from the canyon revealing the fall leaves bursting with color. Got to Lake Solitude as someone dove in for a quick swim (it was 25°F at the top) with snow still on the ground from the storm the day before. Overall amazing views and lots of wildlife (multiple pika and marmots). It was pretty peaceful on the way up since we started early but it was quite crowded coming down making the 2nd half slower than the 1st. Finished the full 20 mile trip just under 8 hours. Overall amazing hike.

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Emily Eckert
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HikingGreat!

Best hike of my life, to date. Be watchful for wildlife, pack enough water and snacks to fuel you through, and take your time. The views are incredible at every point along the canyon! We started at sunrise and finished mid-afternoon. (early October 2020)

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Bill He
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Amazing time. We got backcountry permits and camped overnight at the North Fork Cascades this two days ago, before they closed the road access to Jenny Lake. Lovely views all round, with a close run-in with a moose chilling by the side of the road, just people watching. Very cute. Would definitely bring micro-spikes as it's either icy or very snowy.

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Brian Jones
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“Hard” is relative. I hiked this a second time 5 months after hip fusion. First time was a bit easier. But was just as glorious. This hike has it all - views, wildlife, streams, needed endurance. Coming back down was the hardest, so prepare your legs. Both times we had close run-ins with a moose. Be watchful and enjoy!

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Leann Bentley
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Not hard at all! Started at 9:30am and finished at 3:30. Saw a huge bull moose. Cold but not too bad!

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Bret Struharik
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HikingGreat!

I give this hike 5 stars because it was GORGEOUS. Very busy, however that’s fine it’s so worth it. The one negative thing I have to say that was very frustrating is the gps coordinates to the trailhead take you to the south Jenny lake trailhead when they shoul ABSOLUTLEY take you to the north. Depending on how close you want to be to the trailheads. It would shave off about 45 minutes if you’re in a hurry because of sunset. If not I would reccomend getting to the south Jenny like entrance at about 9:30

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Aaron Spehling
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Layla McDaniel
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We didn't think anything could top Delta Lake, but this trail did in our opinion. It was super crowded at first (we started at 10am), but after inspiration point the crowd thinned out. We knew it would be long, so we just hiked as far as we felt comfortable into the canyon. Ended up going all the way to the split before Lake Solitude and SO glad we did! The views are 360° magnificent all the way around you, basically the entire canyon. We even saw 4 moose, including a bull, on the trail! For hikers that are nervous to hike too far, I definitely recommend going into the canyon at least 1 mile past Inspiration to say you did, you'll be rewarded with different ans spectacular views every subsequent mile you travel on this trail. The trail is not steep at all past Inspiration, so it just feels like a normal walk. It's worth it!

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Marek Krajcir
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Nice trail. Nice views.

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Milton Fang
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Didn’t think I was going to go up there so didn’t have enough provisions. By the time I was heading back it got dark and my headlamps were out so literally stumbled around in the dark for 2 miles at the end. Don’t underestimate this hike if you’re going to do it be prepared.

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Jenna White
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Hard, but worth it!

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Mary Wolmer
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This is the best hike I have ever done! Incredible views the whole time and overall I found it quite moderate. The uphill to inspiration point was a little taxing but not that long, besides that there was maybe one other more significant uphill but otherwise we were cruising. Cannot recommend this hike enough and I think it is suitable for most levels as long as you can walk a good distance.

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Lisa Kelly
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By far, the most beautiful hike I’ve ever done. Insane views the whole time, easy to follow trail, well marked. Had to actually start at the Jenny Lake trailhead, go past hidden falls and inspiration point and so basically no one else once I got past those two areas. Quiet and gorgeous and tons of wildlife like moose and foxes. Lake is beautiful, but the hike itself was infinitely prettier and with more stunning and dramatic views.

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Jacob Belch
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Beautiful trail, started at 10:20 and finished at 18:35 with pictures along the way and a meal at solitude lake. 3 deer, two moose, one elk, a black bear, two foxes, countless chipmunk, and a partridge in a pear tree. Gets very cold at the top. I went through 4 liters of water in total including water for the jetboil. Probably saw a hundred people in total, which isn’t as much as I expected.

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Mike McGuire
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Fantastic!

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Nathaly Khoury
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HikingGreat!

Amazing trail!! This was my first time doing hiking at the Grand Teton and was the best experience ever!!

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Tracey Tong
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Big thanks to Bob!!! He found my friend’s hiking pants on the rock, reached out and returned to us the next day! So kind and helpful!! The hike was very scenery and beautiful, saw a couple of moose on the way back on the cascade canyon trail around 4:30pm

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Dayou Zhuo
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Rated hard but after the first part (depending on which way you go up), the canyon is pretty flat. Some elevation gain towards the end but not unreasonable. Overall long day hike.

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Nic Green
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This hike had Mountain View’s all around! While the hike was high in elevation, it wasn’t’t super hard. It is a steady up hill with a few breaks in the middle once you are in the valley. The mile stretch to the lake is the hardest but well worth it! Make sure you bring plenty of water and food!!

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Timothy Holland
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Eryn Van Der Hoeven
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I loved this trail. Though it’s definitely a test to your endurance, there are parts of the hike that are more flat and give you relief. That’s not to say this trail isn’t difficult, though. So beautiful and entirely worth the hard work. We saw 7 moose, countless creeks, wildflowers, and the stunning Lake Solitude (aptly named). I would recommend.

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Lily Forsythe
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Stunning, great if you start early. Took us about eight hours!! Well worth it!

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farah bear
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Absolutely stunning from start to finish. Leaves are in full color pop!

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David Custer
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Nicholas Blevins
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