Sandwiched between two of our nation’s greatest national parks, Yellowstone and Grand Teton, lies the blissful mountain of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Given its superlative position, it will come as no surprise when we say hiking in and around Jackson is spectacular.
Our Favorite Jackson Wyoming Hikes
There are distinct advantages and disadvantages to hiking in Jackson during most seasons, yet autumn is unique in that there aren’t any disadvantages. Inclimate weather aside, a fall hike through the Grand Tetons is deeply enjoyable due to the cool, crisp weather, spectacular foliage, and thinner crowds. This brings us to our main point today, we’ve got an array of awe-inspiring hikes that are considered off-the-beaten-track, hidden even, for you to explore!
Cache Creek Trail
A trail that is known to be rife with wildlife, including moose and deer, with very few other hikers to scare them off! Also a great trail for mountain biking, it’s found east of downtown Jackson within walking distance of Snow King Resort!
Ok, this trail isn’t hidden, nor is it unknown per se, but it is so magnificent, we had to include it. There are numerous waterfalls inside Grand Teton National Park, and this one is breathtaking at 200 feet. Hidden Falls is an excellent trail, it’s relatively simple and tons of fun. This makes for a great short hike in Grand Teton National Park, leaving you with an abundance of deep satisfaction that only time in nature can provide.
A Very Secret, and Challenging, Hike
According to the former Park Ranger, Ash, this is among the most spectacular hikes in the world, but more specifically, in Grand Teton National Park. The hike is up Avalanche Canyon and leads to the jaw-dropping Shoshoko Falls and the alpine lake, Lake Taminah. It’s a challenging trail to find, the trail can’t be relied upon the entire way, and it’s definitely not a route for beginner hikers. That being said, you can read her full blog on the hike to get an idea if this is for you.
Clocking in at 4.8 miles, the trail to Amphitheater Lake is a lovely semi-challenging hike filled with bird watching and wildlife spotting. There are some tough switchbacks and an elevation gain of nearly 3,000 feet. Every step is worth it, though, in case you were wondering.
A lovely trail which winds through thick pine forest, along a sagebrush hillside, to a lake, and featuring magnificent views of the Tetons along the way. Depending on the season you’ll see wildflowers or luscious fall foliage. Goodwin Lake trail is about 5.7 miles.
A very steep, spectacular, and relatively unknown in-town hike. Crystal Butte is often overlooked for the more well-known Snow King hike, which means more trail for you! When you reach the top you’ll have delightful views of the town of Jackson and then outwards towards the Tetons.
Whether you decide to go for the challenging Avalanche Canyon or opt for the simple and sweet Hidden Falls, every hike will be a treat to the eyes, a burst of energy to the body, and soothing to the soul. For luxurious accommodations to rest and regroup in, book your stay at Snow King Resort.
Check List for Quick Hikes
Bear Spray yes, really
There’s a few different opinions on how necessary bear spray is for hikes so close to town, but as we like to say – better safe than sorry. If you’re not looking to purchase bear spray (which you can not take on an airplane) our Adventure Center onsite rents it for a nominal fee daily or for the entire length of your stay.
In the mountains, the sun has a way of sneaking up on you. Every time you go out whether it’s overcast, blazing sun in a clear blue sky, or white snow covering the ground wear SPF 30+. Nothing ruins relaxation on vacation quite like a bad sunburn. Ouch!
This goes without saying, but we’re going to say it anyway. Drink lots of water! If you’re coming from an area closer to sea level than Jackson Hole (which is ~6,237ft above sea level) you may find yourself experiencing headaches or dizziness due to dehydration. At this elevation, it’s easy to get “dried out” so drink and pack more water than you normally would to keep your hike enjoyable.
Buddy / Contact
It’s always recommended you hike with a buddy. While many will argue you can safely hike more more populated trails alone you should absolutely always tell someone 1) where you’re going 2) your planned route 3) what time they should expect you to make contact after the hike. There’s little to no cell phone service in most national parks. So it’s important that you have a plan, stick to it, and tell someone about it.