Where to Find Waterfalls in Grand Teton National Park

Snow Melt Waterfalls in South Fork

Grand Teton National Park is known for its rugged and picturesque mountains, its sweeping views, and abundant wildlife. One thing people notice that’s not easily available however, are the waterfalls you’d expect to see pouring off of the eastern face of the Tetons. With a few tricks however, many waterfalls can still be found, some of them relatively easily. Jackson …

How to Find Grizzly Bears in Grand Teton and Yellowstone

Grizzly Bears Along Oxbow Bend

Important:┬áIt’s vital to remember that these are wild animals, and that your safety is not guaranteed, even with a ranger present. Bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem will react on instinct every time, and if you do not respect their space, you will find out exactly what that means first hand. Before venturing into areas like this, please show both …

String Lake Loop

Fog on String Lake

Distance: 3.7 miles (loop) Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Spring, Summer, Fall The String Lake Loop is an easy but rewarding four miles that brings visitors to beautiful views of the lake and beyond, as well as intimate forests at the mouth of Paintbrush Canyon. Sweeping views of the lake and peaceful aspen groves await those willing to get …

Amphitheater Lake

Amphitheater Lake

Distance: 5 miles (one way) Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Summer, early Fall Last hiked: 2015 October The Amphitheater Lake Trail is the most challenging of the three most popular hikes in the Tetons. While many casual hikers will check out Inspiration Point and Taggart Lake, experienced hikers don’t mind the 3,000 foot elevation gain to a spectacular alpine …

Taggart Lake Trail

Sunrise Light on Tetons

Distance: 1.5 miles Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2016 December The Taggart Lake is one of Grand Teton National Park’s most popular, and for good reason. It’s considered one of the easier hikes in the park and offers stunning views of the mountains rising above a picturesque glacial lake. The best part is, it can be …

Grand View Point Trail

Jackson Lake and Teton Mountains

Distance: 1 mile (one way) Difficulty: Moderate Best time of year: Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2016 June Tip: Bring bear spray. Seriously. It’s not just for the safety of you, but also the bear. Even if you’re at fault, the park will put down the bear for attacking. The Grand View Point Trail and the surrounding area is dense with …

Bearpaw Lake and Trapper Lake

Sunlight Breaking Through Clouds

Distance: 4.6 miles to Trapper Lake (one way) Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Spring, Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2016 June Bearpaw Lake and Trapper Lake Trail Description For those looking for an easy-going, but rewarding hike, Bearpaw Lake and Trapper Lake make for great destinations. Both are tucked away at the base of Mount Moran to the west, in …

Hiking the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve

Phelps Lake Reflection

Distance: 1.5 miles (one way) or many more if desired Difficulty: Easy-Moderate Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2016 December In 2001, Laurance S. Rockefeller donated his family’s getaway ranch to Grand Teton National Park, ultimately becoming the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve (LSR). Upon its completion, the public now had more access to brand new trails and Phelps Lake, …

String Lake to Cascade Canyon

Fog on String Lake

Distance: 6.2 miles (one way – to the end of Cascade Canyon) Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2016 June On a normal summer day, I wouldn’t go anywhere near Cascade Canyon unless I were coming out from a larger, overnight trip. However in late July of this year, we received an unusual dusting of snow …

Delta Lake in the Teton Mountains

Delta Lake and the Grand Teton

Distance: 4 miles (one way) Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2014 August Be forewarned: Delta Lake is a very challenging trail that requires route-finding skills and a very steep ascent up a large boulder field. This trail is not at all for casual hikers. I had always been hesitant to make a blog post about …

Paintbrush-Cascade Canyon Loop

Alpine Terrain in the Tetons

Distance: 20 miles (loop) Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2016 August The Paintbrush-Cascade Canyon Loop remains one of my all-time favorite Teton Mountain hikes. The loop brings you through extraordinary landscapes and diverse terrain throughout the 20-mile journey. It wanders past four dramatic glacial lakes and exceeds elevations of 10,700 feet above sea level. It …