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“Take the boat ride and then hike to Hidden Falls”
Review of Jenny Lake Trail

Jenny Lake Trail
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Grand Teton Self-Guided Tour from Cooke City
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Owner description: Four miles of flat trail and spectacular mountain scenery.
Reviewed October 20, 2012

You will NOT be sorry. This stop , hike, boat ride and views are outstanding. We went in early July and it is absolutely breathtaking. You can pull into the Jenny Lake parking lot and walk around, shop , eat and drink. Make your way to the boat and take the trip across beautiful Jenny Lake to the trail that leads to Hidden Falls. WARNING: Good idea to wear good shoes for hiking, girls, do not wear flats, high heels etc; or dresses! The trail is not that far to the falls, but the elevation might have your calves and lungs straining a bit. At 7200 ft , is Inspiration Point where you can get some great photos. Hidden Falls is the attraction here and it is awesome. Many photo ops along the way. We were sidelined taking several shots of a Marmot that was digging around just off the path. Highly recommended. Make sure to stop here on your way up or back from Yellowstone,

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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Last time we hiked here, we took the boat over. This time, the boat was not in service so we walked 2 miles to get to the starting point. Although this added time to the hike, it was still gorgeous and definitely worth the exercise.

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Reviewed October 14, 2012

We walked the trail Sept. 20th, 2012. All in all, it was a very good hike with a wide variety of interesting things to look at. The wildlife we saw were 3 deer, two ospreys, and several chipmunks. The waterfalls were ok, but it was a drought year, so imagine they would be much better in the Spring melt off season. The fall colors were very muted compared to midwest and northeast colors, but again, the drought brings less color. We found the trail not really easy, but as 55 plus seniors, we could manage well with breaks. The altitude was very much noticed with us as far as stamina. When we got to the point of going on to "inspirational falls" we rested, but thought of the trip back, and decided we probably should't go up the steep trail to it without maybe having to call for help. I'm not trying to sound like wimps, but if you aren't used to it, the altitude can play a role in your ability to do physical activity. An elderly gentleman in our campground was airlifted out after a day of activity, because he couldn't breath. Just trying to warn people that sometimes "easy" trails can become "not so easy" because of the altitude.

5  Thank MinnesotaTwilly
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

This trail is gorgeous. We actually had planned on taking the boat across Jenny Lake, but they stop running it after Labor Day. We really enjoyed this hike up to the falls. It is pretty level and offers gorgeous scenery every step of the way. My three year old hiked by himself all the way to the falls (2.5 miles) with his stick "walking stick". After the falls, he climbed in the carrier on my husband's back and fell asleep for the descent. I carried my 16 month old in my carrier the full five miles. I say that to enforce the idea that it is an easy and beautiful trail. There are also some nice spots to take a break and fish if you carry a travel rod and reel. This was unexpectedly one of our favorite trails in GTNP.

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Reviewed October 9, 2012

What an amazing experience the autumnal walk to Inspiration Point is. We were there on 25th Sept 2012 and the autumn/ fall colours were breathtaking, a totally varied palette of almost every natural autumn colour imaginable. The path provides endless opportunities for lake & mountain vistas as it winds though the woodland, following the contours of the western lakeshore. Halfway around we encountered a refreshing river with small water falls, splashing vigorously downward, as it tumbled over the rocks and tree roots towards the lake.

The reflections of the background vegetation, trees, mountains and clouds in the mirror still lake provided some prefect photo opportunities. We found the whole walk uplifting and a one of the most memorable, joyful experiences of our two week trip. We did need to stop to catch our breath and take a drink at this altitude, but you need time to take it all in anyway, so that's not a problem. I found my polarising filter really helped to remove or enhance the reflections & fully saturate autumn colours and the blue skys.

The inevitable Chipmunks were enchanting as they scampered through the undergrowth and posed for our benefit on sunny rocks. We heard Osprey or Bald Eagles that nest nearby and caught the odd fleeting glimpse, but couldn't expose & focus a lens before they were gone.

Bears were around we told, so we walked with some other travellers we met on the day and enjoyed sharing the whole experience with them. Fortunately they had bear spray, as the rangers told us this is advisable in this park so we felt more comfortable in their presence.

The only minor issue for us was that the visitor centre and facilities were closed as it was nearing the end of the season, although this wasn't the case in Yellowstone on the same trip. There were two composing loos in the car park, no hand cleaner available and not ideal, but 'any port in a storm' I guess! The small ferry that provides a short cut to the half-way point was running either, but I promise you the walk is SO much more interesting & healthier too!

So the choice is yours go earlier to get the full facilities & crowds; or go later to get the amazing colour, less people and fewer facilities. I know which I prefer!

1  Thank Hexham_hero
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