Hiking The Jenny Lake Loop Trail To Hidden Falls In Grand Teton National Park
The Jenny Lake Loop Trail and Hidden Falls is a very popular hiking trail located in Grand Teton National Park.
Jenny Lake is a stunning glacial lake nestled at the base of the Teton Range. The loop trail offers breathtaking views of the lake and the surrounding mountains including the Cathedral Group: Mount Owen, the Grand Teton, and Teewinot.
A spur trail leads visitors to Hidden Fall which is a beautiful 100-foot cascading waterfall fed by snowmelt. It was one of my favorite waterfalls in the park and should not be missed.
Our hike ended up being 8 miles long which included the loop and side trip to Hidden Falls. There was around 600 feet of elevation gain, but at least 200 feet of that was climbing to the falls.
We thought the trek around the lake was relatively easy and an accessible way for visitors to experience the beauty of the area.
To access the trailhead, drive down Teton Park Road and turn at South Jenny Lake.
Jenny Lake is one of the most popular spots in the park and fills up fast. I recommend arriving before 9 am or going later in the afternoon to guarantee a parking spot.
Visitors are allowed to park along the shoulder just be sure you are completely off the road. Vehicles were lined up for what seemed like miles along the road every day of our trip.
There is a privately run boat shuttle service available that can take hikers across Jenny Lake, shortening the hike if desired. Tickets are purchased directly at the boat dock and you can get information on prices and hours here.
If you decide to take the boat your hike will be shortened to one mile. You will still have a 300-foot elevation gain though so be prepared for that.
If you would like to extend your hike once you reach Hiden Falls hikers can take the spur trail to Inspiration Point. This will add another mile to your hike and a couple hundred feet of elevation gain.
Inspiration Point provides a panoramic view of Jenny Lake as well as views of the Jackson Hole Valley, Cascade Canyon, and the Cathedral Group.
Grand Teton National Park is home to a variety of wildlife, and it’s possible to encounter animals such as moose, mule deer, and a variety of bird species while hiking the Jenny Lake Loop.
During our hike, we saw a giant Osprey nest (I believe they were Osprey) which was occupied so that was an amazing surprise.
Grand Teton National Park is bear country. Be sure to carry bear spray, make noise while hiking, and be aware of proper bear safety practices.
Exploring the Jenny Lake region in Grand Teton National Park is a must during your trip. If possible, don’t miss the extraordinary and picturesque hike around the lake.
Hidden Falls is an enchanting additional spot that we absolutely adored.
Before embarking on the Jenny Lake Loop, it’s advisable to check the current trail conditions at the visitor center. Additionally, consider the season, as weather conditions can vary, and some parts of the trail may be inaccessible during certain times of the year.
Multiple hikes from Jenny Lake include access to a number of backcountry campsites if you would like to spend the night. A free backcountry permit is required which you can get more information on here.