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7.3 mile 11.8 kilometer loop
98% Runnable


Ascent: 385' 117 m
Descent: -384' -117 m
High: 6,897' 2,102 m
Low: 6,788' 2,069 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 13% (8°)


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Trail shared by Tom Robson

One of the most popular trails in Grand Teton and maybe the world...

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Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildlife


Without a doubt the Jenny Lake Trail is the easiest way to get up close and personal with the Tetons. Jenny Lake is ultra-crowded, but well worth the journey.

If you're looking to add a little flair to this awesome run, be sure to head up to Inspiration Point on Cascade Canyon Trail - the views of Jenny Lake from there are awe-inspiring. Additionally, you'll pass Hidden Falls, an over 100' waterfall.

Need to Know

Be sure to bring some cash on this run as the Jenny Lake Lodge has great dining options. The Lodge is conveniently located just off of the trail's northern extent.


BAM! Right from the get-go views of the Teton's Cathedral Group will slap you right in the face; and this doesn't stop for the duration of the run.

The Cathedral group consists of the following peaks: Mount Owen (12,928'), Middle Teton (12,804'), South Teton (12,514'), Teewinot Mountain (12,330'), Teepe Pillar (12,266'), Cloudveil Dome (12,026'), Nez Perce Peak (11,901'), and Buck Mountain (11,938').

The vistas are especially good on the eastern side of Jenny Lake, so plan accordingly.

From the Jenny Lake trailhead, the Jenny Lake trail is one of the most popular runs in Grand Teton National Park, and for good reason! This easy run circumnavigates Jenny Lake and provides pedestrian access to Cascade Canyon Trail, Hidden Falls Spur (to Hidden Falls waterfall), and String Lake Trail.

As mentioned earlier, don't miss the view of Hidden Falls or Inspiration Point, unless you're crunched for time.

Flora & Fauna

Aquatic habitats and adjacent forests, marshes and meadows fulfill the needs of many forms of wildlife. Diverse and abundant vegetation offers excellent food and cover. Look for moose, river otters, beavers, muskrats, coyotes and mule deer.

Aspen, cottonwood, alder, and willow trees abound on this run.


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Sep 23, 2018
Kate McDermott
8.8mi — 1h 52m
Jul 17, 2018
ryan c
ran up past moose ponds and around Jenny lake. I really like it except dor the attitude of entitlement with some people. 10mi

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