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Arbor Peak (Westbound)

The Teton Mountains rising above the southern reaches of Jackson Hole below the Arbor Peak summit. Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming

The westbound hike to the summit of Arbor Peak is a strenuous 2.9 mile trail in the lower Gros Ventre Mountains. The view from the summit produces stunning panoramic views of the surrounding region, including the Teton Mountains, Gros Ventre Mountains, the Wyoming Range, and more.

Arbor Peak Trail Description

From the small parking area, backtrack down the road and look for the trail ascending the ridgeline just before reaching the highway. You’ll climb steeply up the ridge where great views unfold quickly. With the road noise from the highway below, the trail will continue straddling the crest of the ridge as it maintains a steady ascent.

The Arbor Peak Trail winding up the ridgeline above the surrounding landscape. Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming

Through the exposed terrain with an occasional juniper, you’ll eventually wind around an old fridge. A small evergreen grove awaits where you’ll promptly pass through where you’ll find a great view of Arbor Peak on the other end.

Following up the ridgeline, you’ll straddle the exposed terrain as panoramic views begin to unfold all around. With most of the elevation gain behind you, you’re treated to some easy hiking for a bit as the southern Teton Mountains come into view. You’ll make a slight descent before reaching the final ascent to the summit.

The steep climb gains a lot of ground quickly while you have a few brief easier parts interspersed throughout. The panoramic views that continue to unfold you’re encouraged to take a break if needed. In the distance the higher peaks of the surrounding ranges reveal themselves as well. As you near the summit, a clearer view of the Tetons become visible.

Beaver Mountain rising in the distance beyond the Arbor Peak summit and Highway 191. Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming

Nearing the summit, the trail gets easier and levels out. The final quick stretch opens up into a wide open and flat summit where stunning views of lower Jackson Hole unfolds surrounded by large alpine peaks in every direction. The inviting summit is an ideal place to sit and relax for a while as you take in the endless and unparalleled vistas. When you’re ready, head back the same way you came.

Getting There

From downtown Jackson, head south on Highway 89 for 13.3 miles. At the roundabout in Hoback Junction, head south on Highway 191, heading toward Pinedale. Follow the highway for 3.5 miles, turning left onto an unsigned dirt road just before the Camp Creek Inn. Follow that a short distance to a fork, passing the trail immediately on your left. Veer left at the fork and look for an open area to park just ahead on the left. To access the trail, backtrack down the road.

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