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 …

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 …

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 …

Ski Lake

Ski Lake and Evergreen Trees

Distance: 2.1 miles Difficulty: Moderate Best time of year: Summer, Fall Ski Lake is a very popular hike among locals. It’s outside of Grand Teton National Park, which means it doesn’t have a big tourist draw. Likewise, it’s not the most spectacular lake in the Teton Mountains, but it is beautiful and nestled near the treeline of the southern Tetons. …

Beartooth Loop

Gardner Lake and Tibbs Butte

Distance: 11.2 miles Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Summer, early Fall Last hiked: 2016 September Most people will stop at the Gardner Lake Trailhead for the Beartooth Loop Trail, stand at the overlook, and then continue driving the scenic Beartooth Highway. Hardly anyone ever takes the trail the down Gardner Lake. Even fewer will actually hike the entire loop. …

Table Mountain Hike

South Fork of Cascade Canyon

Distance: 6.8 miles Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Summer, early Fall Last hiked: 2016 October The end of the Table Mountain Hike is what many people refer to as, "The best view in the Tetons." After finally getting around to hiking this extraordinary trail, I can now say, the statement holds up. Along the way are beautiful canyon views …

Mary’s Nipple and Peak 9943

Hiker on Peak 9943

Distance: 1.3 miles Difficulty: Intermediate Best time of year: Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2016 July Mary’s Nipple and Peak 9943 are perfect if you’ve ever wanted to climb a peak in the Tetons, but didn’t want to go more than a few miles. The top of the Dreamcatcher Lift at Grand Targhee provides access to a trail that brings you …

Bannock Trail

Bannock Trail on Rocky Ridgeline

Distance: 3 miles (one way) Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Spring, Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2016 September The Bannock Trail is a great way to experience all the dramatic elevation change that Grand Targhee has to offer. The trail brings you through stunning aspen groves and up to rocky ledges that overlook massive canyons and basins in the Teton …

Alaska Basin via Devil’s Stairs Loop

Alaska Basin and Buck Mountain

Distance: 17.4 miles (round trip) Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous Best time of year: Summer, early Fall Last hiked: 2016 July The Alaska Basin is rapidly becoming a go to place for people wanting to escape the crowds in the Teton Mountains. Tucked away in the middle of the range, it attracts adventurous tourists from the Wyoming side, as well as mountain enthusiasts …

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 …

Phillips Ridge Snowshoe Loop

Winter Storm over Tetons

Distance: 4.6 miles (loop) Difficulty: Moderate Best time of year: Winter Last hiked: 2015 December Earlier this season I joined a group of local hikers to hike up onto Phillips Ridge on the southern end of the Teton Mountains. We started off at a large parking area on the south (left) side of the road about halfway up Teton Pass, …

West Thumb Geyser Basin

Black Pool and Moon

Distance: 0.8 miles (loop) Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2015 September The West Thumb Geyser Basin is an easy walk around some very colorful hot springs set against the dramatic backdrop of Yellowstone Lake. If you’re coming in from the South Entrance, it’s a great way to acquaint yourself with some of the features that you’ll …