Jenny Lake Trail Tours and Activities
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A highlight of Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park, the Jenny Lake area is characterized by thundering waterfalls, canyons, mountain vistas, and the crystalline expanse of Jenny Lake itself. The lake trail runs 7.1 miles (11.4 kilometers) around the water’s edge and passes by Hidden Falls, Cascade Canyon, and Inspiration Point.
Most tours of Grand Teton National Park include at least a portion of the Jenny Lake Trail, whether you opt to explore on a full-day, morning, or sunset excursion. Day trips to Grand Teton typically leave from the towns of Jackson Hole or Jackson and allow you to see Jenny Lake along with park highlights, such as Oxbow Bend and Jackson Lake.
Most tours include a meal and round-trip transportation. To explore Grand Teton National Park at your own pace, opt for a self-guided tour.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Jenny Lake Trail is a must-see for nature lovers.
- Wear shoes suitable for hiking, dress in layers, and bring sun protection.
- The area is home to both grizzly and black bears, so be sure to make noise when out on the trail and leave no trace of food or trash behind.
- A shuttle boat crosses the lake from the visitor center to a dock on the lake’s western shore, which allows you to see Hidden Falls after just 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) of hiking.
How to Get There
Jenny Lake sits at the base of the Tetons at an elevation of 6,800 feet (2,073 meters) from the town of Jackson. You can visit via private vehicle or opt for a guided tour to avoid the hassle of parking.
When to Get There
Summer, when the weather is typically warm and sunny, is the most popular time to visit. Parking at South Jenny Lake can fill up quickly, so arrive early in the morning to score a spot. The area is accessible by car from May through October.
Jenny Lake Trail Options
The most popular variation of the Jenny Lake Trail starts with a shuttle boat ride across the lake from the visitor center to a dock on the western shore. From here, a moderately steep, 0.5-mile (0.8-kilometer) hike leads to thundering Hidden Falls, before continuing up Cascade Canyon toward aptly named Inspiration Point. While the trail connects with overnight trails, day hikers most often turn back and return via the southwestern shoreline.
Address: South Jenny Lake Junction, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Jenny Lake Trail
Spend an 8-hour day taking in the spectacular scenery and wildlife of Grand Teton National Park. Travel to the highlights of the park with your guide, including the barns on Mormon Row, Oxbow Bend, Jenny Lake and Jackson Lake. Keep your camera handy for wildlife sightings of species such as grizzly and black bears, elk, deer, bison, pronghorn antelope, coyote, fox, eagle and osprey. Use of binoculars for easy wildlife spotting, breakfast, lunch and round-trip transportation from Jackson area lodging are included.
Explore the amazing wildlife habitat of Grand Teton National Park and visit its top attractions: see Jackson and Jenny lakes, have your camera ready to capture the stunning Oxbow Bend, and view the historic barns of Mormon Row. Throughout your journey, your local guide will search for the park’s resident wildlife including grizzlies, bison, moose and pronghorn antelope. Your tour includes breakfast, lunch, round-trip transport from Jackson hotels, Park Entry fees, boat ride on Jenny Lake (May-Sept) and the use of binoculars.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Jenny Lake Trail?
The best ways to experience Jenny Lake Trail are:
- Grand Teton National Park - Full-Day Guided Tour from Jackson Hole
- Grand Teton National Park - PRIVATE Full-Day Tour from Jackson Hole