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Lake Solitude via Lake Solitude and Cascade Canyon Trail

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Grand Teton National Park

Lake Solitude via Lake Solitude and 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.

Length 13.7 mi Elevation gain 2,375 ft Route type Out & Back
Backpacking Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Forest Lake River Views Wildlife Rocky Snow No dogs
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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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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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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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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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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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Ryan Wood
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Phil VanDerHeyden
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Most amazing trail ever

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Paul C
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Megan Alise
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I think this may be my favorite overall hike ever. I wish I could give it 6 stars! We arrived at 7AM and the parking lot was mostly empty. The lake shuttle doesn't run until 10AM so you have to go around which adds a little over 2 miles to the hike. Some steep sections at the beginning and for the last mile or two at the end but the canyon itself is relatively flat so it doesn't feel too difficult. Gorgeous views throughout the entire hike, nonstop. I don't think there was a single part that wasn't scenic. Plenty of water available to filter along the way. Saw marmots and others we passed had seen a couple bears and a moose along the river. We felt pretty alone on the way up, but it did get fairly crowded on the way down after 11-12 PM or so.

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Patrick&Brandi James
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We usually love this hike in September. But it was so packed with people, it was almost impossible. Tons of people from west coast still on covid vacations! Beautiful views of course - with the exception of the thick smoke blowing in from California and the other burning states. Air quality not too good. Did run across a couple of moose though.

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Isaac Lubben
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Started around Jenny Lake then took the North fork of Cascade Canyon trail up to Lake Solitude- about 20 miles. Great hike! Saw two large bull moose on the trail and one female in Cascade Creek. We also saw a Marmot and Pika! Excellent views!

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Bryan Holekamp
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I love this trail!! Cascade Canyon is in my opinion the most scenic of the major canyons in Grand Tetons. You can also consider going up (or down) Paintbrush Canyon, but this adds another 1,500 ft elevation and 8 miles to your hike (and is not advisable if there is snow on the ground). I hiked this trail early September; 1 day before the first snowfall. There is not much wind in the actual canyon, and no bugs!! This trail is only steep in a few areas (like hiking to Inspiration Point). I’m sure it goes without saying, but the parking lots fill up quickly. I was very lucky to find a spot on the road at 11:00 AM. It’s best to go early.

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Zaw Aung
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