Jackson is a beautiful place to hike! One of my (Ryann) favorite hikes is the Phelps Lake. For my 30th birthday I planned a Jackson Hole Party for myself and some friends. We all hiked out to Phelps Lake and the jumping rock. From a distance it doesn’t look like much, but as you get closer to the rock you realize it’s about 30 feet from the top of the rock to the water. The water is so clear you can see the bottom and the lake almost looks shallow. All of this makes jumping off the rock seem like a terrible idea. Never the less, we decided it was a great idea…Maybe members of the wedding party took a leap of faith off the rock that day including Rob, Leah, Lizzie, Laura, Aaron, Ryan, and Louis. Below is a photo of me, Ryann, jumping. If only photos could tell you how COLD the water was!
If you are planning a hike while you’re in Jackson here are a few rules to hike by:
- This is bear country. If you suspect bears to be in the area, make loud noises to alert them of your presence..
- Carry drinking water. Hiking is strenuous and dehydration can occur in hot weather.
- Be prepared for rapid weather changes; rain gear and extra clothing. This is especially important on longer hikes in the afternoon hours.
- High elevation may cause breathing difficulties; pace yourself. The thin air will put an added strain on your heart and lungs.
- Be careful crossing snowfields and streams. It is especially important to take care when crossing snowfield during hot summer weather.
- Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return. Hypothermia can set in quickly if you have to spend more than one night in the wilderness.
- It is recommended to hike with at least one other person and to not leave the trail .
- Park rangers can provide important information on weather and trail conditions.