Distance: 0.5 miles (one way)
Type: Out and back
The South Landing trail in Grand Teton National Park is an easy 1 mile round trip hike that brings hikers to a pair of campsites along the shore of Jackson Lake. While it’s not the most sought-after hike in the area, it offers a bit of peace and solitude over the course of a brief escape into an old forest.
South Landing Trail Description
Begin at the trailhead and hike over the meadow, gradually descending through sparse trees breaking up the open sagebrush flats. The trail will soon bend to the right, passing below a water purification area, whose sounds quickly begin to fade as you continue a moderate descent toward an older forest.
You soon reach the thicker and mature evergreen woods where the trail takes a twisting route downward through the trees, ultimately popping out at one of the campsites at South Landing. Jackson lake extends out from a small bay below, with Mount Moran rising high into the background. It’s a calming and unique view of the lake and a great short but sweet little escape to the lakeshore.
From Signal Mountain Lodge, head south for 1.4 miles and turn right onto an unmarked dirt road. The South Landing trailhead will immediately be on your left.