Known for its rugged terrain, high elevation, and breathtaking landscape, hiking in Grand Teton National Park is one of the most challenging and rewarding activities visitors can do in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Whether you’re looking for a heart-pumping workout or simply want to relax and take in the sights, these trails are ideal for an exciting and unforgettable day exploring the great outdoors.
Death Canyon: Don’t let the name of this trail scare you! Death Canyon is perfect for a peaceful hike through the pine forest and overlooks picturesque Phelps Lake. The trail is 13.5 miles long and guests can expect to come across a variety of wildlife along the way. Keep an eye out for moose feeding on willows near the creek! This trailhead is in the southern part of Grand Teton National Park along the beautiful Moose-Wilson Road and is easily accessible from the Bentwood Inn.
Inspiration Point: One of the most popular hiking destinations in Grand Teton National Park, Inspiration Point offers outstanding views of Jenny Lake, Jackson Hole, and the Gros Ventre Mountain Range. Along the way, hikers can stop at Hidden Falls and experience the beauty of a 200-foot waterfall. Inspiration Point is either a relatively easy hike around Jenny Lake from the parking lot or can be combined with a boat ride across the lake, making the hiking time even shorter. Be sure to bring your camera!
Teton Crest Trail: This 39-mile trail features alpine meadows, glaciers, lakes, and stunning vistas, with much of the trail rarely dipping below 8,000 feet. Backpackers can hike the entire length of the trail in about three days and can enjoy unbelievable views and tons of opportunities for exploration. Be sure to look over a Teton Crest Trail Map before you head out.
Cascade Canyon Trail: This popular hike through Cascade Canyon is 10 miles roundtrip and passes through huckleberry and wild raspberry patches, large boulder fields, and a series of ponds that are the perfect foreground for the looming mountains above.
Granite Canyon Trail: The Granite Canyon trail loop begins from the Aerial Tramway in Teton Village, offering the benefit of starting at a high elevation and working your way down. On the way up, you’ll have a bird’s-eye view of Jackson Hole, Jackson Lake, Grand Teton, and 10,927-foot Rendezvous Peak. The trail is about 12 miles long and although primarily descending from the top of the tram, can be strenuous in certain areas.
Amphitheater Lake Hike: Visitors can hike a trail to this lake for a stunning view of Grand Teton and 12,928-foot Mt. Owen through the trees. Black bear sightings are quite common along this route, so be sure to travel in groups of three or more, make a lot of noise, and carry bear spray.
Paintbrush Canyon: On this 18-mile backcountry loop, hikers will cross a marshy area west of String Lake (be on the lookout for moose!), then head north across sage-covered foothills before climbing over 4,000 feet through the forest.
Static Peak Divide: Beginning from the Death Canyon Trailhead, the hike to Static Peak Divide is well worth the trek. At an elevation of 10,790 feet, this the highest mountain pass along any trail in Grand Teton National Park. Static Peak got its name because of how often it’s struck by lightning, so plan to turn around before noon in order to avoid the thunderstorms that frequent the mountains in the summertime.
After a day of adventure and exploration out in the wilds of Grand Teton National Park, come back to the Bentwood Inn where you can kick your feet up and enjoy an evening appetizer hour, served fireside or on the deck each night. Or, simply relax with a glass of wine in one of our stunning rooms or suites! Then, choose to spend the evening at the Inn with a chef-prepared Bentwood Bistro dinner that will refuel and recharge your body and mind. We can’t wait to hear all about your hike!