After I left the state of Wyoming, I had considered finding property close to Jackson Hole, the area was that impressive. Grand Teton National Park which is located close to that upscale town of Jackson Hole, to which I fell in love with, was one of the reasons for my thoughts of relocation. This national park had everything that a true Earth sign loves- majestic mountains, quiet hiking trails, a stunning blue lake and a peaceful vibe. It was my magical place on our trip to Wyoming.
My friend and I were on a four state National Park road trip and Grand Teton was on our agenda. We had stayed in Jackson Hole which was a short drive to the entrance of the park. It was about a 15 minute drive to and from town, which made staying in beautiful Jackson very convenient.
Grand Teton National Park is a popular destination for those into mountaineering, hiking, fishing and other forms of outdoor recreation. There are over 200 miles of hiking trails and access to backcountry camping sites. It is also world-renowned for trout fishing.
Grand Teton’s Jenny Lake is one of the park’s most visited areas. It is tucked away at the base of the mountainous Teton Range and acts as a centerpiece of the park. There are several great trails that leave from Jenny Lake including Inspiration Point, Hidden Falls and a loop trail that circles the lake. There are also backcountry and longer trails that can can be accessed from Jenny Lake.
My friend and I arrived early and parked at the Jenny Lake parking lot, which I recommend. During the late morning and afternoon the parking lot will get full. Visitors end up parking on the main road and walk into Jenny Lake. I would say to arrive at 8:00 – 9:00 AM, in order to find parking and beat the crowds.
Jenny Lake was stunning and offered beautiful views, while hiking a great trail that rounds the full lake. Although, the map said it was just over three miles to the Hidden Falls Trail, it took us almost four hours to get to that point! I know that we were taking photos but we were not walking one mile per hour. It was all good though, my friend and I have great stamina and we dressed in layers. After Hidden Falls, we decided to take the boat back to our starting point which only took a few minutes once we boarded. We had an excellent time!
If you are a hiking and love a good trail, I do suggest rounding Jenny Lake but make sure you go early and give yourself a lot of time!
For park information, please visit Grand Teton National Park
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