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1) Because it’s a balmy 45 degrees and windy at the top, whilst sweltering hot in the valley.
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2) The View will make even the most unexcitable types stand in complete awe.
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3) It will kick your butt into shape, and make you proud of your amazing exercising abilities.
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4) It will make you wonder how in the world you could possibly ski down something that steep.
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5) The tram ride down is free. The 15 minute ride down is so beautiful and so much more fun than hiking back down.
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6) To see an incredible array of wildflowers. Maybe even some wildlife if you’re lucky (we saw the cutest Marmot!)
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7) Sometimes being a geologist for the day is pretty amazing. Fossil or cool rock? Found on the trail.
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8) To see snow banks in July that are taller that 6 feet.
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9) To remind yourself that you can accomplish 4,000 foot goals in one day. Pretty darn satisfying.
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10) The sweet reward of reaching the top. No… not the view. Completely unadulterated, guilt free, ridiculously delicious, Nutella filled waffles.
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Here’s my quick guide on hiking to the top of tram that will help you have a wonderful day:
- It really is a great hike (more than 60% of it is on a road), but it’s a serious butt kicker if you’re not prepared.
- Start early in the morning before it gets too hot and sunny in the valley (think 9 am at the latest).
- Wear sturdy shoes, bring tons of water, and enough snacks to get your body to the top (ok, seriously, bring more than 1 bar).
- Get to the top before 4pm so you can indulge in their waffles and then ride your tired booty back down the tram for free.
- If the waffle wasn’t enough of a meal (and it never is), get yourself some delicious food and drink on the Nick Wilson’s deck, on your right as you walk off the tram.

Happy Trails!

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More Jackson Hole hiking information and trail map.  Sita hiked the “Summit Trail” in this post, which is approximately 7.4 miles and gains 4,139 vertical feet.