Trails near Jenny Lake Grand Teton – Hidden Falls, Inspiration Point and Cascade Canyon (VIDEO)

One of the most popular spots in Grand Teton National Park, Jenny Lake is a must visit. The lake itself has a very accessible shoreline ideal for a picnic and some water activities. In addition, there are plenty of hiking trails in the area so if you’re looking for some outdoor hiking adventures, Jenny Lake area is the perfect place to spend a day.

Jenny Lake Trail

This trail is 7.7 miles with 728 ft elevation gain and it goes around the lake in a loop. A great hike with amazing views of the lake. You can also combine this trail with Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point Trails. 

Hidden Falls & Inspiration Point

If you aren’t doing the Jenny Lake Trail, you can take a boat shuttle to cross the Jenny Lake and get to the trailhead for Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point trails. Both of these are relatively short and easy hikes (0.5 mile and 1.8 miles respectively) with pretty amazing views of Jenny Lake and totally worth the trip. Most people do the Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point in a couple hours or so and head back on the shuttle. 

Cascade Canyon Trail

Cascade Canyon trail runs 4.5 miles from Inspiration point with towering mountains on either side of the canyon. The trail is rated “moderate” although it does have a 1000ft+ elevation gain.

If you’re planning to spend the entire day at Jenny Lake area and are looking to do 9 mile Cascade Canyon hike, we recommend getting there early (before 9AM) as the parking lot can fill up rather quickly. Spend an hour or so at the lake shore, then head over to the boat shuttle to the other side of the lake. Spend the next couple hours or so exploring Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point, and then hit the Cascade Canyon hike. With a 9 mile round trip, you should be able to get back to the shuttle stop before the last shuttle leaves at 7pm. 

Jenny Lake Trails in Pictures

Jenny Lake from the boat shuttle
Crystal clear water of Jenny Lake from the boat shuttle
Jenny Lakeshore - a great place to picnic
Jenny Lakeshore – a great place to picnic
Boat shuttle to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point Trailheads
Boat shuttle to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point Trailheads
View of Cascade Canyon from Inspiration point
View of Cascade Canyon from Inspiration point
View of Jenny Lake from Inspiration Point, Grand Teton
View of Jenny Lake from Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls, Jenny Lake
Hidden Falls – an beautiful fall trail just a mile or so hike
Unusual sighting of Bears at Jenny Lake
Unusual sighting of Bears at Jenny Lake
Cascade Creek at the bottom of Cascade Canyon
Cascade Creek at the bottom of Cascade Canyon
View from Cascade Canyon with mountains on either side
View from Cascade Canyon with mountains on either side

For more information about the Jenny Lake Trails in Grand Teton, check out AllTrails and the NPS website. We found these two super helpful in our planning.

If you have already been to Grand Teton National Park, let us know in comments what was your experience like. We would love to hear from you! If you planning on visiting Grand Teton, check out our day by day itinerary of our trip to the Tetons.

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Shirish & Olya

Originally from different parts of the world, Shirish & Olya are a married couple based in San Francisco who share a passion for travel, outdoors and landscape photography. In summer of 2019, they hit the road in an RV visiting 19 national parks in US and Canada covering over 10K miles. This trip inspired them to create Outdoorsome, that they built on the road, as a way to help others discover new places around the world.

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