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Snowshoeing around Jackson

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Snowshoeing around Jackson

We're doing a long weekend in Jackson in February. We're planning on snowshoeing in the Elk Refuge and possibly GTNP. Are there other areas that are good for either snowshoeing (we're bringing our own) or cross-country skiing (we would probably rent)? The Snow King website mentions both cross-country skiing and snow shoeing, but it's hard to tell if it's actually on their property. We're staying in a townhouse near Snow King.

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Moose, Wyoming
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1. Re: Snowshoeing around Jackson

If you're looking for groomed trails, I'd suggest the inner park road, which is groomed all the way from the Taggard Lake trailhead parking lot to Jenny Lake. It's flat, it's wide, and quite scenic, with the Teton Range just to the west. You can ski on the groomed trail or snowshoe on the ungroomed portion. This trail is just a portion of the trail that goes from Jackson to Jenny Lake, all of it groomed.

As an alternative, we sometimes ski or snowshoe on Antelope Flats, which is also flat, though not groomed.

Edited: 4:56 pm, October 29, 2017
Moose, Wyoming
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2. Re: Snowshoeing around Jackson

Took me awhile to find this, but it should give you a lot more information, including maps:

http://jhnordic.com/trails/

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3. Re: Snowshoeing around Jackson

Great info TetonBill, thanks!

Brisbane, Australia
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4. Re: Snowshoeing around Jackson

Is there any advantage to taking snow shoeing tours or is it just as rich and easy to organise it yourself?

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5. Re: Snowshoeing around Jackson

I would say it depends if you've been snowshoeing or have experience navigating winter conditions in snow. The trails we snowshoed on were marked well. I would recommend doing the ranger guided snowshoe hike in the park. I think it was only $5 and really informative.

Naples, Florida
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6. Re: Snowshoeing around Jackson

>We're planning on snowshoeing in the Elk Refuge ...

You might be aware of this, but the elk refuge where the elk winter is closed to human traffic during the winter months to allow the elk to winter there peacefully. You cannot snowshoe on the refuge itself. The road past the hospital is open to pedestrian traffic as well as vehicles, but IMHO, snowshoes are not necessary. A simple pair of yaktrax would work fine. The best way to view the elk is to hire the sleigh tour which goes onto the refuge.

Other good places to snowshoe would be the Snake River dike, Cache Creek, and Moose-Wilson Road to Phelps Lake. It looks like Snow King is referencing the many paths that Teton Bill provided in his link.

Brisbane, Australia
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7. Re: Snowshoeing around Jackson

Good tip, thanks Lager023.

And BlueBirdDay, do you simply drive along Moose Wilson Road and decide to stop somewhere to go for a snowshoe or does it need to be more organised than that?

Naples, Florida
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8. Re: Snowshoeing around Jackson

>And BlueBirdDay, do you simply drive along Moose Wilson Road and decide to stop somewhere to go for a snowshoe or does it need to be more organised than that?

Moose Wilson Road is closed at the Granite Canyon TH in winter, so the road after that becomes the trail to ski on (or snowshoe but please stay out of the ski tracks). There will be plenty of signs of prior use in the snow to follow unless there has been recent snowfall. Eventually, you'll turn left to go to the lake. Look for signs on the trees that say Pedestrian crossing or something like that which warn cars in the summer a trail is crossing the road.

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9. Re: Snowshoeing around Jackson

Thanks Bluebirdday, very appreciated advice.

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