Jackson Hole Hikes: Hidden Falls and Cascade Canyon
Had enough yet of wandering our friendly streets? Jackson Hole summer vacations are more than well-maintained boardwalks and authentic Western flavor. You’ve got to get beyond the city limits and see what nature has to offer.
Your summer vacation could probably use a few good hikes. What does Jackson Hole have to offer? Over 4,000 miles of canyons, rock climbing, riverbeds, and trails, ranging from the kind of thing you can bring small children on to the ones that will challenge the most experienced hiker. Most of us prefer something between those two extremes, and Jackson has that, too. It’s time to start your Jackson Hole summer vacations off right.
You’ve got several options if you want to hike Hidden Falls, which is only accessible during the summer season. It’s an easy hike you can bring your kids to. A boat shuttle carries people across Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park. It leaves every fifteen minutes from 8am to 6pm every day during the summer and drops you off within about half a mile of Hidden Falls. Or you can start at the Jenny Lake ranger station on the east side of the lake, a route that adds about four miles. Once you get to the 80-foot cascade, you can take a quick half-mile detour to Inspiration Point to get a panoramic view of Jenny Lake and the Wind River Mountains. After the cascade, the trail goes up for about a mile to the mouth of Cascade Canyon, eventually flattening for another few miles. It’s not a loop, so the way you go in is the same way you go out.