Sleeping Indian Summit via Flat Creek

Hikers Descending Sleeping Indian

Distance: 5.5 miles Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Summer, Fall The Sleeping Indian, known formally as Sheep Mountain, is often overlooked by many tourists due to it being located opposite from the Teton Mountains. Yet frequent visitors and locals develop a fond admiration for the mountain as, once the image is seen, it becomes a popular target to watch …

Snow King Mountain

Balsamroot Wildflowers on Snow King

Distance: 2 miles (one way) Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2016 May Affectionately referred to as The Town Hill, Snow King receives a lot of local traffic thanks to its steep ascent, great views, and close proximity to town. In the winter, it also becomes a beloved ski resort where most of the summit trail is …

Swift Creek to Shoal Creek Loop

Twilight Over Mountain Peak

Distance: 18.9 miles (loop) Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2015 September The views at the top of Swift Creek, leading to the Crystal Creek and Gros Ventre River headwaters are easily some of the most epic mountain views in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, but it doesn’t come easily. This Swift Creek to Shoal Creek Loop …

Atherton Ridge – East to West

Gros Ventre Road and Foothills

Distance: 4.1 miles (one way) Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Spring, Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2015 September The Atherton Ridge Trail is a relatively forgotten trail, but is well worth the effort. Neither side is considerably easier to climb than the other, but most people prefer to hike east to west because of the great views that unfold of …

Defeated by Cream Puff Peak

Hiking Trail in Mountain Meadow

Distance: 6 miles (one way) Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Spring, Summer Last hiked: 2015 July If the hike hadn’t been as challenging as it was, I might have felt a little demoralized by the name, but summiting Cream Puff Peak does not come easy for anyone, especially once the 6-7 foot wildflowers have grown in. This hike is …

Red Hills and Lavender Hills

Red Hills Trail

Distance: 2.1 miles (one way) Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Spring, Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2014 August Tucked away east of Jackson Hole is local treasure very few take the time to see. The Red Hills of the Gros Ventre Mountains are an exposed sandstone deposit that are leftover from when the region was under a shallow sea, roughly …

Coyote Rock

Tent Under Night Sky

Distance: 2 miles (one way) Difficulty: Moderate Best time of year: Spring, Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2016 June Located just east of Grand Teton National Park, high above the valley of Jackson Hole, lies a lone boulder secluded in its recession on a hill that delivers tremendous views of the region. This is Coyote Rock. Though the trail only brings …

Turquoise Lake

Turquoise Lake and Moon

Distance: 10.9 miles (one way) Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2013 July For starters, don’t let the name fool you. While the lake does have some turquoise color to it, it’s nothing like lakes you see in the Canadian Rockies or even more locally, Delta Lake. It is however, a picturesque lake set against rugged …

Hiking the Gros Ventre Wilderness

Gros Ventre Mountains

This past weekend, I backpacked into the Gros Ventre Wilderness for the first time (pronounced ‘grow vont’). I had hiked in a bit previously, but never backpacked in, nor gone to such a remote spot. The Gros Ventre Wilderness is Grand Teton National Park’s immediate southeastern neighbor. As a result, much of it borders the southeastern boundaries of Jackson Hole. …