Grand Teton National Park: Hiking Cascade Canyon


Most hikes don’t start with a boat ride. But a hike in Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton National Park does. Or at least, can.

Jenny Lake

The hike begins at the Jenny Lake Visitor Center and Trailhead. From here you can walk the 2 mile trail to the west side of Jenny Lake or board a shuttle boat for a 12 minute, energy preserving, and scenic mode of transportation.

Jenny Lake as seen from boat towards Cascade Canyon, Grand Teton National Park

Inspiration Point

At the West Shore Boat Dock take the Cascade Canyon Trail. The first mile of the hike is moderately strenuous with over 400 feet in elevation change. Keep climbing and be rewarded with stunning views of Jenny Lake and Jackson Hole from Inspiration Point.

Inspirational Point before the hike into Cascade Canyon, Grand Teton National Park

Cascade Canyon

After a sufficient rest at Inspiration Point continue up Cascade Canyon.

Cascade Canyon, Grand Teton National Park

Beauty will surround you on all sides. And the further you hike, the fewer people you will see. Even if Inspiration Point is crowded, push a couple miles deeper into the canyon and crowds are replaced with waterfalls.

Cascade Canyon, Grand Teton National Park Cascade Canyon, Grand Teton National Park

And bears.

Cascade Canyon, Grand Teton National Park Cascade Canyon, Grand Teton National Park

And marmots.

Cascade Canyon, Grand Teton National Park

Look closely! There’s a marmot here.

Cascade Canyon, Grand Teton National Park

And stunning beauty.

Panorama from inside Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton National Park

We were afraid we wouldn’t make it all the way to Lake Solitude and back before the last shuttle boat of the day ran, so we turned back a few miles short. Even without reaching our intended goal, the hike was well worth it.

Video Recap of Cascade Canyon

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Round trip shuttle boat service is $15. Visit Jenny Lake Boating for more info. Check the posted time for the last boat of the day and be to the dock by this time or be prepared for the additional 2 mile walk back to your car.

Take lots of water, sunscreen, bear spray, and snacks or a lunch.  Take a camera and if you are taking a DSLR, bring a telephoto lens. The bear we saw was on the other side of the canyon. A long lens made better photographs and was well worth the extra weight. Consider bringing a pair of binoculars as well.

Have you hiked in Cascade Canyon? Tell me about it in the comments below. What are your other favorite hikes in Grand Teton National Park?

 

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Cascade Canyon, Grand Teton National Park

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