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“One of the prettiest dayhikes in the Tetons”

Cascade Canyon Trail
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Owner description: This uphill trail follows Cascade Creek for 4.5 miles and reaches Hidden Falls.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cascade Canyon Trail on the west side of Jenny Lake is a popular dayhike for getting a closer experience within the Tetons. Start early to avoid the crowds.
There is an alternative to the entire Jenny Lake chaotic summer crowd scene (many visitors use the Jenny Lake shuttle boat to access Hidden Falls and Cascade Canyon trailheads).
Instead, park at the String Lake Trail lot on the north end of Jenny Lake. A shaded path follows String Lake southbound a half mile, and continues towards Jenny Lake as it joins the Valley Trail. Head west on Valley Trail using the wooden bridge to cross the river connecting the two lakes. Continue on Valley Trail along the river and past slopes covered in grass, shrubs, wildflowers and tree stumps from an old fire burn. The river soon enters into Jenny Lake, with the trail following the northwest side of Jenny Lake (gorgeous views). Continue for about a mile. Signage for the Jenny Lake shuttle dock, Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point soon appears. Since the Inspiration Point access to Cascade Canyon was closed for maintenance in early June and likely will be all summer, alternative signage directs you uphill on Horse Trail .9 mile to access Cascade Canyon.
The path climbs steadily through dense forest; then you’ll see signs for the Cascade Canyon Trail and points beyond. From here the trail is well maintained with a gentle incline. Much of the path parallels Cascade Creek, which in early June was thundering with snow melt. Enjoy the cooler temperatures, watch for interesting wildlife (saw a beautiful fox!) and keep going as far as you want. When you are ready, just turn around and retrace your route.
During summer be prepared for thunderstorms quickly building over the mountains. Of all the trails I explored on my first trip to Grand Tetons NP, Cascade Canyon was the one I liked best. Craggy mountain views, rushing rivers, forests, wildflowers, and wildlife.

5  Thank CJSArizona
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took the ferry over as we wanted to save energy for the hike. Was planning to to use the trail Hidden Falls to Inspiration Point & onto Cascade Canyon but the trail is only open to lower Inspiration Point which meant returning to the boat dock & taking the Cascade Canyon trail from the lowest point. We’re not experienced hikers so climbing the elevation twice meant we weren’t able to complete the loop as our legs has turned to jelly but we loved every minute. Saw an elk further up the mountain. Will try again if we’re fortunate enough to visit the Tetons again.

2  Thank Deborah V
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

absolutely beautiful views. totally similar to the grand canyon. the way the daylight shines off the canyon walls and water is a sight to see. the walk is easy, however, it is suggested to wear close toed shoes.

1  Thank allsheewrote
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the ferry across Jenny Lake, followed the crowds to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point, then returned to the lake and hiked up Cascade Canyon. There were no crowds on this trail. We saw lots of marmots. It was early June and there was still snow higher up. It was quite a climb and my legs were stiff the next day, but it was well worth it.

2  Thank ohiowanderer
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Reviewed 2 February 2018

The Forks of Cascade Canyon Trail starts from the Jenny Lake West Shore Boat Dock, climbs 0.9 mi of horse trail to Cascade Canyon, and continues 3.5 mi into the canyon to a fork. The north fork continues 2.7 mi to Lake Solitude while the south fork continues 5.6 mi to Schoolroom Glacier and Hurricane Pass.

My husband and I hiked up to the fork, coupled with Inspiration Point and Hidden Falls, on a Wednesday in August. Cascade Canyon was our favourite hike in the Grand Teton NP. You don't even have to hike all the way to the fork. First half of the trail in the canyon (not the horse trail) was the most scenic while the second half of the trail was mostly in the forest. Although Inspiration Point and Hidden Falls were crowded, Cascade Canyon was not. If you hike up to Inspiration Point, you did most of the climbing already (950 ft) and might as well climb a bit more in Cascade Canyon (270 ft). The spectacular views of Grand Teton, Mount Owen and Teewinot are worth it.

9  Thank pingaroo
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