Category: Gros Ventre Mountains

Though the Gros Ventre Mountains typically get overshadowed by the nearby Teton Mountains, they’re still packed with trails that locals love to frequent. The mountains receive little traffic relative to the neighboring Tetons, giving hikers a sense of solitude and serenity often hard to find so close to a major tourist destination. With rugged peaks and crystal clear streams, the Gros Ventre Wilderness found in the heart of the Gros Ventres is a mountain paradise that is hard to compete with. Trails provide access from all different directions, including from Goodwyn Lake, Granite Canyon, and Gros Ventre Road.
Gros Ventre Mountains Trails

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Sink or Swim

Distance: 2.5 miles Type: Out and back / Shuttle Difficulty: Moderate While not quite a destination hiking trail, the Sink or Swim Trail is an integral part of the Snow King trail network. Running...

Josie's Ridge Overlooking Jackson Hole

Josie’s Ridge via Wildlife Lane

Distance: 1.9 miles Type: Out and back Difficulty: Strenuous Josie’s Ridge is a local’s favorite hike, and a challenging, though slightly shorter, alternative to the summit of Snow King Mountain. Sharing the same ridgeline,...

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Crystal Butte

Crystal Butte’s first mile is infamous for its steepness and ascent. Gaining an average of 100 feet every tenth of a mile, the trail climbs at a relentless rate, all the while providing outstanding...

Stormy Sunset over Jackson 0

Josie’s Ridge to Snow King Loop

Distance: 6.4 miles Type: Loop / Lollipop Difficulty: Strenuous Both the Josie’s Ridge trail and the Snow King Summit trail are popular hikes for locals to get above the town of Jackson and the...

Balsamroot Wildflowers on Snow King 0

Snow King Mountain

Distance: 2 miles Type: Out and back Difficulty: Strenuous 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...

Twilight Over Mountain Peak

Swift Creek to Shoal Creek Loop

Distance: 22 miles Type: Loop Difficulty: Strenuous 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...

Gros Ventre Road and Foothills

Atherton Ridge – East to West

Distance: 4.1 miles Type: Out and back / Shuttle Difficulty: Moderate The Atherton Ridge Trail is a relatively forgotten trail, but is well worth the effort. Neither side is considerably easier to climb than...

Hiking Trail in Mountain Meadow

Defeated by Cream Puff Peak

If the hike hadn’t been as challenging as it was, I might have felt a little demoralized by the name, but summitting Cream Puff Peak does not come easy for anyone, especially once the...

Red Hills Trail

Red Hills and Lavender Hills

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...

Tent Under Night Sky

Coyote Rock

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...

Turquoise Lake and Moon

Turquoise Lake

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....

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Sleeping Indian Summit via Flat Creek

Distance: 5.5 miles Type: Out and back Difficulty: Strenuous 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...

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Hiking the Gros Ventre Wilderness

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...