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Definitely moderate trail. But I would totally recommend hitting the moose pond as a bonus. We saw 3 moose on our journey and it was a spectacular falls at the end! Worth it for sure!

Fantastic trail, with breathtaking vistas, trail challenging enough to be exciting. Love it

Is quite crowded for most of it but the views are excellent.

hiking
1 day ago

Trail is well cleared but not well marked. There's many well worn side trails, with no signs or markers in sight of which is correct trail, that can easily get you off track. Pleasant hike with gradual inclines through forest. Lots of horse droppings on trail to avoid. Stunning vista view and cross-canyon view of falls at end. Saw a couple of elk and many deer on hike out.

hiking
2 days ago

Trail is short and steep, but well maintained with built-in "steps" and no rock scrambling or off-the-beaten-path "climbing" required. Falls and pool at bottom are gorgeous and provide a chilly, refreshing swim! Several deep ruts in side road to trailhead required us to park on main road and walk 100 yards to trailhead.

hiking
2 days ago

A fabulous trail that can be adjusted to meet your needs and time.

We hiked the full circle today with side trips to Inspiration Point and Hidden Falls. Hidden Falls is a GEM of a waterfall and very easy to get to. You can hike from the south Jenny Ranger Station, or from the north from the String Lake parking or even right a boat to the base of the falls and just hike up the gorge 1/4 mile. Take your pick.

Ok, here is my list.
1. The circle is 7.7 miles but the side routes adds another 1.2 miles
2. Western side of the lake trail has a moderate climb up to the falls. Otherwise the trail is very easy and well maintained
3. The Western side has two trails coming from the Ranger Station. The lower trail is closed for restoration.
4. Get to the parking lot early otherwise you will be doing a hike before you start your hike
5. The Eastern side of the lake trail is virtually flat and dirt with an occasional rock or root. Very easy
6. The only treacherous part of the trail is a rock slide area on the west side before you arrive at the falls. The rocks are loose and sharp.
7. We had deer on the trail with us for over a mile and only left the trail when we arrived at the String Lake creek
8. The burn area on the west side is sun exposed but offers a lot of diversity in plants which are giving good color right now
9. The trail is crowded from the southern parking lot to the falls on the west side
10. Runners use the eastern side

And Hidden Falls is flowing very very very well. It is worth every step of the trip

Started this hike at 7:40 from Jenny Lake parking lot and took the (steep) horse trail to meet up with the Cascade Canyon trail near the boat dock. The first mile-ish and last mile-ish of this hike are the hardest in my opinion since they have the most elevation gain. The rest of the hike is pretty smooth sailing other than the length so endurance is a must. We made it to the lake at noon and stayed for about 30 minutes so we could make it back for the boat shuttle. Took a dip in the lake which was amazing. We saw a fox walking along the trail towards us and a moose laying along the water. Made it back to the boat dock at 3:30 even with taking time for lots of photos. 17 miles in total. The views the entire hike are unmatched. 10/10 would do it again!

Great day for a hike. trail is kept in good shape. Beautiful area.

Super nice! Bring more water than you think you might need. And some good shoes! Hidden falls didn’t have much for a water fall due to a dry year but still beautiful hike.

tough. would like to have had mile markers so we knew where we were.

August closed

We took the overlook trail up. The switchbacks were tough. It was not very well marked at the top. We, luckily, found our way back to the trail to the falls. Other than that the trail was well maintained. The views were incredible. The falls were spectacular. Overall a fantastic hike.

nature trips
6 days ago

Preface - I’m somewhat sedimentary gentleman from the lowlands of Missouri at around 950 ft elevation, work full time and go to grad school full time so not too active right now.

We took the Jenny lake ferry, saved some time and energy for the trail. When we took it 2 weeks ago the trailhead was in a different location from this map. The first mile or so was somewhat intense for me climbing up from the lake. You are in fairly dense vegetation, which is pretty, but the dividends pay out when you leave that portion and enter the canyon.

The remainder of the trail to the back of the canyon heading to the fork is worth the whole first mile of climb. The gradient is gradual along the canyon and the views are beyond amazing. We didn’t see any bears, we saw a lone moose, a couple of snakes, and bounds of squirrels and chip monks. Wild huckleberry bushes line the trail making adding for a nice delicious snack along the route.

We stopped at the fork and saw the waterfall at the back of the canyon and then turned back.

It took us around 4ish hours all in. We stopped for rest breaks along the way to rest our feet, enjoy the views, and for me catch my breath at altitude (mostly the first mile or so). We were getting passed along the way by others who could handle a faster pace, but it wasn’t a race and a quick hike wasn’t the point of the trail. Make sure to allocate time accordingly to enjoy your presence in the canyon, for a low, flatland Missouri boy these are views you might have never seen before, so you don’t want to rush it.

Other tips - wear proper footwear. I used trail runners with gaiters to keep pebbles out. It’s a very well maintained trail.

Bring plenty of water. I packed a 3 ltr water bladder and a 1 ltr Nalgene for electrolyte drink. My buddy who hikes 14’ers went with me with same rig. We both exhausted our water by the time we got back to the trailhead. For the most part I was sore but good to go at the end. I saw folks without water or with a small water bottle. It is remote up there and you don’t want to be in a situation 4 miles up trail without water. It’s easy to get exhausted up there, and getting dehydrated up there is risk on you and your hiking partners or other folks on the trail. It’s easy to pack a couple of liters of water in a backpack, and I highly suggest it.

Bring/wear sunscreen. We started around 10am, and by midday sun was overhead and beating down. Temperature was fine, but you could feel the the sun on any exposed skin.

Bring a snack. Not 100% necessary but 1) you’ll probably hike 10 miles or so car to car, and that’s not including if you chose to hike around the lake instead of taking the ferry. You might need some fuel along the way. 2) it’s nice to take a break at the back of the canyon and eat your snack. A halftime break off your feet and just enjoying the environment.

Bear spray. It’s bear country folks, and while we didn’t see any and there is plenty of foot traffic you are up in an area where a bear could be around the next turn. 50$ is a cheap insurance policy up there, and I saw plenty without any, but I kept mine ready the whole hike.

Another thing to note is the ferry stops running at 7. We saw folks starting out as we were coming back down thinking they had time to hike the trail.

That being said, stretch out, have a good breakfast, hydrate, and go for it. You won’t be disappointed at all.

Another semi-pro tip. Once you get back to the other side of Jenny lake, pop your shoes off and wade in the lake. It’s quite cold and feels amazzzzzing on your sore feet and legs. 5 minutes of a cold wade about knee deep was immensely better than popping an ibuprofen.

hiking
6 days ago

Hiked this trail with my husband today. We left from string lake. Left at 8:45am. Took 4:08 to top and 3:45 back down. We took our time down (I have knee problems). Saw 3 moose a fox and several marmots. Beautiful hike and tons of waterfalls along the way.

Hiked up to the divide of Cascade Canyon and Paintbrush Canyon, gorgeous view on the skyline.

Beautiful scenic trail. Can’t get enough of the cascade canyon. Not a very technical trail. Endurance matters.

It was a great view but if you take the trail back to the parking lot there is a spot just as great if not better !

hiking
7 days ago

Easy amazing waterfall !!

We took the Southwest route. I’m an advanced hiker but my fiancé is not so I wanted an easy trail. This route was definitely more moderate and challenging for him. We did get to view a bull moose eating at the moose pond which was a neat experience. Thankfully we were able to bring the boat back rather than hike the rest of the loop. Beautiful trail, great weather. Highly recommend it.

I guess usually that's an OK hike, but with the closure and everythin,g it's a bit annoying. I'd have done that along with cascade, but...you can't so I had to go back a bit.

It's nice, I've done with along with amphitheater and delta lake. But if you feel that's too much, skip this part and only do the lakes!!! They are much nicer

Cool hike! I did something similar in a single day but instead went all the way to granite canyon, and also did avalanche divide. It's a hard hike - probably in the 35ish miles, but well worth it! The trick is to not do the valley - instead I was able to hitchhike from granite to jenny lake fairly easily.

A very nice hike! But I'd highly recommend doing paintbrush to do a loop. Still, very very nice!

Better than doing the full lake, but you can take a ferry there and do the canyon instead.

hiking
8 days ago

Nice view from the mountain, but honestly considering the distance, it's not worth it (almost 8 miles). There are nicer hikes

Nice hike! But' I'd suggest going up to lake solitude if going that route!

Not a hard walk. Elevation incline is not huge. We walked counter clockwise which is best I think. Only wildlife spotted was 1 x Llama and chipmunks and squirrels with occasional birds. But beautiful scenery up to Shoshone Lake. Highly recommend.

Pretty good hike.Never carried bear spray and did around 8miles and then got a boat ride. Awesome views of the tetons.

When you get off the boat you need to take the trail on the right, other trail is closed at inspiration point

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