Hiking Moose Ponds Trail In Grand Teton National Park
Located within Grand Teton National Park, the Moose Ponds Trail owes its name to frequent moose sightings, although it remains a bustling habitat for various other wildlife species.
Wildlife is particularly active during the cooler morning and evening hours and the trail presents a prime opportunity to encounter nature’s wonders.
Spanning a manageable 2 miles for an out-and-back trip, or extending to a 3.4-mile lollipop loop, the trail boasts a modest elevation gain of merely 180 feet, making it an ideal choice for families seeking a leisurely hike.
The trail begins at Jenny Lake just beyond the shuttle boat dock. Jenny Lake is one of the most popular areas inside the park and parking fills up on a daily basis. Arrive before 9 a.m. or after 4 p.m. to guarantee a parking spot.
The start of the trail follows the south shore of Jenny Lake providing intermittent views of this spectacular lake. It then winds its way through wooded stretches, ultimately arriving at the Moose Ponds.
It was notably overgrown when we visited, presumably due to the time of year, requiring me to traverse through tall grass to access the pond’s edge for photography.
After further exploration through the forested area, the trail continues with a trek through Lupine Meadows, an expanse of open sagebrush, before concluding at the parking lot.
Although we regrettably didn’t encounter any wildlife during our trek, signs of beaver activity at the ponds were evident. Always be prepared and carry bear spray when venturing along any of the hiking trails within Grand Teton National Park.
While not the most exhilarating trail within the park, the Moose Ponds Trail offers an easy and visually appealing experience, making it a worthwhile option for those seeking a brief, scenic hike with the potential for wildlife encounters.