Our last hike of the trip this year was Cascade Canyon just off of Jenny Lake. Brent said it was his favorite hike we’ve done so far in Grand Teton National Park. From the photos, you can see why. We had a beautiful day for the hike and we got a little rain storm as well. Here’s the view from the Canyon as we walked up.
We stopped for lunch and watched some little trout feeding in the creek. After lunch it began to rain while the sun was shining – an experience I love. In the photo the rain almost looks like snow, but I promise it wasn’t that cold!
The hike begins off the Jenny Lake boat dock and travels up around 5 miles for a round trip of about 10 miles. We added on Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point as well for a longer day. The elevation gain is only about 1000 feet, it’s fairly gradual through the 5 miles, and there is a of cover throughout the day. You don’t need to take the boat ride, it’s really quick (maybe 10 minutes) and costs $15 for an adult round trip. Adding that distance to the hike adds another 5.2 miles round trip.
Here’s one last photo of us as we went up the trail. Again, this trail is well traveled so expect to have company from both day hikers and those headed out to or back from backcountry trips.