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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 Goodwin Lake, Granite Canyon, and Gros Ventre Road.

Must Do Hikes
Easy: Cache Creek
Moderate: Sink or Swim
Strenuous: Snow King

Mountains Rolling Below Skyline Trail

Skyline Trail

The Skyline Trail is a moderate 7.4 mile hike along the eastern ridge of Snow King Mountain in the Gros Ventre Mountains.

Rainbow Over KC Trail

KC Trail

The KC Trail is a moderate 1 mile trail running along the base of Snow King Mountain in the Gros Ventre Mountains and Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Forests and Aspens Along Putt Putt Trail

Putt Putt Trail

The Putt Putt Trail is a moderate 4.7 mile hike in the lower Gros Ventre Mountains connecting several trails through the Cache Creek Trail network.

Storm Clouds Above Josie's Ridge Trail

Josie’s Ridge Trail

The Josie’s Ridge Trail is a strenuous 2.6 mile trail that ascends from Flat Creek to the summit of Snow King Mountain in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Wildflowers Along Sidewalk Trail

Sidewalk Trail

The Sidewalk Trail is an easy 1.6 mile trail in the lower Gros Ventre Mountains that connects numerous trails in the Cache Creek Trail network.

Vegetation Growing Out of Landslide Debris

Gros Ventre Slide Interpretive Trail

The Gros Ventre Slide Interpretive Trail is an easy 0.6 mile lollipop loop through one of the largest landslides on Earth in an easily accessible part of the Gros Ventre Mountains east of Jackson Hole.

Jackson Below Crystal Lite Trail

Crystal Lite

The Crystal Lite Trail is a strenuous 0.5 mile (one way) hike in the Gros Ventre Mountains that brings hikers to a gorgeous viewpoint overlooking the town of Jackson, Wyoming.

Cache Creek Trail Along Cache Creek

Cache Creek

The Cache Creek Trail is an easy and pleasant hike through a canyon at the edge of the town of Jackson, Wyoming, at the base of the Gros Ventre Mountains. The boundary to the Gros Ventre Wilderness is 5.6 miles up the trail, though many people hike up to a few miles before turning back.

Jackson Hole Below Jackson Peak

Jackson Peak

The Jackson Peak hike is a 5.25 mile trek and is a fantastic intro into climbing one of the peaks surrounding Jackson Hole. From within the valley, it’s one of the relatively easier climbs that give you significant altitude, providing a stunning vista from its summit.

Sink or Swim

The Sink or Swim Trail is an integral part of the Snow King trail network. Running along baseline roughly one third to a quarter of the way up of Snow King Mountain, the trail is frequented by not only hikers getting to and from Josie’s Ridge and the Snow King summit, but also by mountain bikers.

Teton Mountains Rising Out of Jackson Hole

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 views of the town of Jackson, and from higher up, the valley of Jackson Hole crowned by the Teton Mountains.

Stormy Sunset over Jackson

Josie’s Ridge to Snow King Loop

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 surrounding area. Less popular, but even more impressive, is linking the two trails into one diversely beautiful 6.4 mile loop hike.

Balsamroot Wildflowers on Snow King

Snow King Mountain

The Snow King Mountain Trail is a popular hike among locals, bringing hikers to the summit of the mountain over a 2 mile strenuous hike.

Twilight Over Mountain Peak

Swift Creek to Shoal Creek Loop

The Swift Creek to Shoal Creek Loop hike in the Gros Ventre Mountains is a strenuous 22 miles that brings hikers past the headwaters of the Gros Ventre River and Shoal Falls, among other sites.

Tent Under Night Sky

Coyote Rock

Coyote Rock in the foothills of the Gros Ventre Mountains is a short and moderate hike to a large glacial boulder overlooking Jackson Hole.

Turquoise Lake and Moon

Turquoise Lake

Turquoise Lake in the Gros Ventre Mountains of Wyoming provides ample seclusion at a serene glacial lake outside of Jackson Hole.