The Grand Teton Loop Trail

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The Grand Teton Loop Trail is a 31.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Moose, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
31.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6,909 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

TEMPORARY CLOSURE 2018: The path to Inspiration Point that connects to the Cascade Canyon trail is currently closed. There will be no through trail from Hidden Falls and Lower Inspiration Point into Cascade Canyon during the summer of 2018. Visitors can still enjoy Lower Inspiration Point during construction. 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.

backpacking
20 days ago

Completed this loop July 21st-23rd 2018. Two nights and about two and half days total hiking, with campsites at South Cascade Fork and Surprise Lake (slight detour). I logged about 40 miles total with the 6 mile total side trip to Surprise/Amphitheater Lakes, so the Alltrails mileage is a bit off.
A few notes:
Teton Crest Trail (North to South)- Plenty of amazing campsites along the South Cascade Fork. Two short snowfields left to cross or detour around. Amazing view of the three Tetons from the top of the pass. Crosses into Alaska Basin (National Forest territory), where there is also dispersed camping around Sunset Lake. Wish I would have known that going in but oh well. :)
Alaska Basin Shelf Trail- This is where it got tricky. There were about 10 large snow fields to cross where there were no decent detour options. Over Buck Mountain Pass you think you're done but oh no, there's a massive steep snow field that wraps around the basin leading up to Static Divide. Spikes and an ice ax would have made my life a lot easier here. Crossed it and a few smaller ones to get up to Static Divide. If you have a spare 15-20 min, go ahead and bag Buck Mountain right off the divide. Gorgeous views, and steep switchbacks with some snowpack left going down.

All other trails were smooth sailing. Overall, a stunning hike and awesome backpacking experience. Definitely coming back to hike the whole Teton Crest Trail next.

3 months ago

Did the loop in 2004, amazing backcountry experience

trail running
11 months ago

Fantastic day! Highly recommend.

hiking
11 months ago

Love this place!

Monday, December 05, 2016

One of the most beautiful places I have ever been!!!

skiing
Sunday, November 27, 2016

SO DOPE!

hiking
Monday, September 19, 2016

Beautiful place!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Went up Moran and Middle Teton...... Breathtaking

backpacking
Friday, June 17, 2016

Great trip beautiful, but didn't care for Alaska basin.

hiking
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Amazing!

camping
Friday, January 15, 2016

A milestone in my families life

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Amazing, something I will remember forever

hiking
Friday, October 31, 2014

I've been to many National Parks, preserves, forests, monuments, and scenic areas, and Grant Teton National Park still may hold the highest place in my heart when it comes to nature. It has it all, from the wildlife, towering peaks, pristine mountain lakes, and well kept trails. I make it there almost annually anymore, and plan to do so until I've explored every inch of it.

hiking
Sunday, October 05, 2014

I love the Tetons

scenic driving
Sunday, November 10, 2013

Always love being in Grand Teton. Such incredible mountains.

hiking
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

By far the most spectacular views and scenery of any park I have yet visited and without lots of the touristy crowds that Yellowstone has. Jenny lake and cascade canyon areas are breathtaking and pretty easy terrain for the most part. Water sources available if you have a filter. Bring bear spray. I encountered a grizzly but luckily it was 100+ yards away. Keep an eye out for moose and marmot too. Temperature drops 30+ degrees at night so pack a warm sleeping bag.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

An iconic National Park hike that should be on everyone's bucket list. Not an easy hike so get in shape and get adjusted to the altitude before you start. Completed this hike in July 2013 With Madeline Mann and Sue Buckingham. Great campsites and amazing views each and everyday.

camping
Saturday, December 08, 2012

Awesome NP in America. The views are stunning and the tetons and wildlife amazing.

scenic driving
Thursday, August 23, 2012

WOW!!!! STUNNING!!! AWESTRUCK!!!! Any other adjectives???? Unbelievable splendor. Jenny Lake, Oxbow Bend, The Tetons, the waterfalls, lots of wildlife as well. Would recommend this scenic drive!!

scenic driving
Tuesday, March 08, 2011

The mountains, streams and lakes are great, and this was our first close encounter with a bison in nature - he licked the car window before kind of walking around/over the front. The entire drive, including from Jackson Hole and north of the park was great. We took the tram ride up to see the Tetons really close. We went overnight horse camping just south of the park, and it rounded out this part of our trip perfectly. We got in some short hikes, all of which were worthwhile but easy, with more spectacular scenery. We traveled mostly out of season, but the first week of summer school break was crowded.

hiking
Saturday, February 19, 2011

Clearly the best....a must for any true hiker. Spend a couple of days doing day hikes to acclimate to the climate & elevation before starting on The Big One. Lots of GREAT shorter hikes in Teton Nat'l Park. I just might have to do this again, but it is a challenging one.

scenic driving
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Enjoyed driving through this park coming down from Yellowstone, heading for Salt Lake City. Wish we had more time---the mountain and lake scenery was spectcular!

hiking
11 months ago

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