Lake Solitude via Lake Solitude and Cascade Canyon Trail

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Lake Solitude via Lake Solitude and Cascade Canyon Trail is a 13.7 mile lightly 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.

Distance: 13.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2,375 feet Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

wildlife

rocky

snow

no dogs

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.

Shame about the weather but great trail

hiking
13 days ago

Great long hiking

From the boat dock on Jenny Lake up to Paintbrush Divide and back. Beautiful walk through the canyon. The section from the fork up to the lake was stunning, especially on the way back. It’s a hard trip up to the divide but the views are worth it.

20 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous trail, even this time of year there are feilds of wild flowers. There are also spectacular views of the Tetons along the entire trail, highly recommend

hiking
28 days ago

Absolutely beautiful hike! No steep sections, just a steady incline after you finish Cascade Canyon and begin your way up Lake Solitude. The views are incredible the entire way and just get better and better! The only difficulty is the length and towards the end the trail becomes smaller rocks, so just wear appropriate footwear, but I did pass many people in chacos doing just fine. I saw a bull moose on Cascade Canyon and a mama bear and her two cubs right before inspiration point. Must do hike!

Shaded trail through the canyon that opens up to beautiful views after the trail splits to Lake Solitude. Total mileage from Jenny Lake boat dock RT was 15.5, but it was the easiest 15 miler I recall owing to the gentle slope, shade, and amazing views. Wildflowers we’re everywhere! Keep your eyes open for Moose along the stream- we saw 3 mid-day lounging about!

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing. Hike gets better and better. Hidden falls and Inspiration point are nice teasers. Canyon gradually opens up more and more. Turn right for Lake Solitude and things really open up with amazing views ahead and behind. Wildflowers going crazy. Fished lake - couple native Cutthroat trout. We saw marmots. Group ahead saw moose with calf cross trail, on way back many saw mama black bear and two cubs by hidden falls eating huckleberry. 2 families 8 total kids 11 and 13. 7 am boat out and 6pm boat back. Took our time with many breaks. Hard but worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Very well manicured hike, with easy to spot trails and a steady incline throughout. Passes through many different scenic views, and is packed with wildlife spotting opportunities including a solid section that brings you through a bear habitat in the North Cascade Canyon Fork. This hike is highly recommended and remember if you get to Jenny Lake for the 7AM ferry, it's only $5 for the round trip ticket (vs. standard $18) but more importantly you have a better chance of seeing wildlife. We saw a mother moose feeding her calf, an elk grazing right along trail, and a marmot hanging around Lake Solitude.

Beautiful views. No major inclines. Longer gradual manageable ones. Trails groomed well. Think it’s more of an intermediate hike. Maybe the length of the hike gets it the ‘hard’ - very solid overall

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail! Saw a family of moose just beyond Inspiration Point. I took the 7am shuttle boat ($5 round trip if you get on the first boat of the day). With a mix of very brisk hiking and trail running, I was at the lake by 9:30 and back at the west side docks by 11:30.

We loved this trail. It’s long but not difficult. As recommended by many here, we were first on the boat and were glad we were as trail is so popular. Some of the steepest parts of the hike are at the start, but Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point are gorgeous and much more enjoyable without the crowds. We were told to expect wildlife and we were not disappointed. We saw a young moose in first mile and would see five more! We also saw a Grizzly at distance in addition to many other animals en route to Lake Solitude which was beautiful. Cascade Canyon was very scenic and easy. Solitude, though, was another level and stunning and a tougher hike. Upon our return we got a surprise as we approached the boat dock on Jenny Lake. As we turned down the last switchback to the boat a guy in front of us yelled “bear!” My son and I stopped and backed up. After a minute, I peaked around corner to see a beautiful mama black bear-less than 10 feet away-looking back at me with two cubs behind her.i backed away slowly. We eventually scrambled down an incline to the boat, but a thrilling end to a fantastic hike!

hiking
1 month ago

I did this hike with my boyfriend and it was a great time. The first 1.5ish miles are moderate with some switchbacks and the following 3.5 miles are roughly flat. This hike is BEAUTIFUL. I saw a moose cow and her calf and two bull moose. Initial cascade canyon is incredibly gorgeous and breathtaking but the views that won my heart were those on the way to Lake Solitude. The water is pretty cold but after hiking up there it was so refreshing. I recommend starting this hike early. We took the first ferry from Jenny Lake over to the trailhead (if you’re on the first ferry of the day it is $5 per person RT) so to save money and enjoy the beautiful scenery I suggest going in the morning. I noticed on the hike out the mosquitos were EVERYWHERE so if you don’t want to be smacking yourself every 5 seconds, go in the morning. Overall an incredible hike and easily the prettiest hike I’ve been on.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

We planned to do the Cascade Canyon trail on 30-07 and started with a boat ride from the visitor centre to Cascade Canyon.($18 pp). The trail slopes gently up to Hidden Falls, then climbs steeply to Inspiration Point and then continues to the forks of Cascade Canyon. On our way we saw moose , a Pika and even some snakes. Coming to the end of the Cascade trail we decided to hike further to Lake Solitude. The part after the fork was very steep and rocky but it was more than wortwhile. The vieuws at the lake are wonderfull. Ofcourse there are not many people so it is very quit and peacefull. Lots of great pictures.

hiking
1 month ago

The first 3.5 miles are easy with little elevation gain and the last 2.7 are definitely a little more challenging with stairs and steeper inclines. Definitely worth the breathtaking view, the wildflowers, the animals (Bears and Moose). I recommend starting the trail earlier in the day because in the afternoon the wind picks up and there is a higher chance of storms.

hiking
1 month ago

Really beautiful trail with a few waterfalls and the lake is just gorgeous. Lots of wild flowers. Not a lot of snow in late July. The views of the Tetons were fantastic. Parked at Leigh Lake. Missed a turn on the way back to the start and hit Inspiration Point, which i recommend, just as the map does.

hiking
1 month ago

well worth the views. definitely a long hike and relatively level, but killer toward the end for a day hike. took us just under 7 hours with a 30 minute rest at lake solitude. we saw 5 moose on our trek. there was very limited remaining snow along the trail, but a decent amount at the lake. hiked this on 7/19

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing hike! Incredible views hiked in July. Top of the mountain was still snow-covered so it was a great experience hiking in shorts and T-shirts on top of snow.

hiking
2 months ago

great hike! knees are blown

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
2 months ago

As of July 9, 2019 there was still snow cover on approximately the last quarter mile of the North Fork Cascade Canyon Trail leading up to Lake Solitude. The foot traffic in the snow didn't follow the established trail (and there were plenty of other hikers), but it still gets you there. In the parts where the snow had melted, it was slippery and muddy. Although we made it to the lake after the first 8 miles from the Jenny Lake boat dock, the lake itself was a bit anticlimactic since it was still mostly frozen over. Nevertheless the views and the scenery throughout Cascade Canyon are some of the most impressive I've ever seen. Wild flowers are blooming in the canyon. We saw lots of marmots, a pika, and even spotted a moose. This is a challenging out/back that has some rocky terrain, but no scrambling required. The inclines are manageable, but since it's an all day hike, make sure to plan ahead and bring lots of water.

backpacking
2 months ago

Beautiful view of the Tetons from the backside including waterfalls, creek crossings, wild flowers and moose. Great for backpacking (get back country permit at ranger station) - we stayed in North Cascade Canyon - some campsites had snow pack and some were dry. Be aware of the Marmots! They ripped into our backpacks as we were up at Lake Solitude. Took a cold dip in the little water that is up there.

hiking
rocky
snow
2 months ago

We did this trail yesterday. we started at the boat dock at 9am. Untill the end of the cascade trail there is no snow (hardly none). The hike untill this point is moderate becauce of the elevelation level, but nice temperatures and some shadows. From the end of the cascade trail to lake solitude there is a lot of snow ( the higher you get, sometimes 2 meters high!) this hike is really hard and you will get easily lose the trail because of all the snow. we used this app to know were we where. the lake is frozen. we did the hike in 7hrs.

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Hiked this on 6/9, heavy snow at the 2.7 mile mark. We had to turn around because we did not have a GPS. There was about 2 feet of snow and more in some locations. Make sure to bring a GPS, boot gaiters, and hat/face shield if you plan to do this in early June. Amazing views!

9 months ago

Trail is impassible without snow shoes and ice picks even in June. If you plan to hike this trail wait until late July August (I found this out the hard way)

hiking
Monday, September 10, 2018

This is nice! But do yourself a favor and do paintbrush canyon on the way down

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