Hiking in Jackson Hole
Classic Jackson Hole Hikes
There are many amazing hikes in Jackson Hole, described below are a few of our favorites off the tram and in Grand Teton National Park. For more information, call the Activity Center. 307.739.2654.
The Aerial Tram offers amazing access to high-alpine hikes of all ability levels, as it whisks you 4,139 feet above the valley floor to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain. The hiking map for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is pictured below, with trail descriptions for incredible hikes all over the valley listed below the map.
FROM THE AERIAL TRAM
The Aerial Tram offers a unique hiking experience unlike an other in the Jackson Hole area. Ascending 4,139 feet in just 9 minutes, the tram leaves hikers at 10,450 feet among the high peaks of the Southern Tetons. From here you are free to access a vast trail network connecting Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Bridger-Teton National Forest, and Grand Teton National Park - all while avoiding the 4,000+ foot climb to the top.
ROCK SPRINGS LOOP
This loop trail descends about 1,000 vertical feet past Cody Bowl into a lush mountain meadow abundant in wildflowers. Moose, deer, marmots and pikas may show their faces to those traveling this trail as it passes through small snow fields, talus slopes, meadows and woodland. Hike this loop to experience the different environments that exist in the mountain region.
Distance/Time: Approx. 4.3 miles roundtrip/2-4 hours
Difficulty Rating: Strenuous. Trail is a combination of a mountain service road and single-track.
ROCK SPRINGS OVERLOOK
This trail follows the Cody Bowl/Rock Springs Loop Trail. The overlook is a bit closer than Cody Bowl and is a common destination for those hikers looking for a shorter hike that leaves the summit of the mountain. The overlook affords views of the valley and the alpine meadow of Rock Springs. Great picnic spot!
Distance/Time: Approx 2.0 miles; allow 1.5-2 hours
Difficulty Rating: moderate
GREEN RIVER OVERLOOK
This hike is a side hike off the Rock Springs Loop Trail. It can be added to part of the loop, or used as a hike all its own. This trail takes you to a rock ledge where you can view the valley below. This is a favorite spot for marmots so be on the lookout. Be sure to follow the Rock Springs Loop signs until you meet the Green River overlook junction.
Distance/Time: Approx 3.5 miles; allow 2-3 hours
Difficulty Rating: moderate
TOP OF THE WORLD
Experience spectacular views of the Teton Range and Jackson Hole as you hike along the Rendezvous Mountain ridgeline at 10,450 feet. Beautiful alpine wildflowers blanket the landscapes with bright colors as you wander through this sub-alpine environment.
Distance/Time: Approx. 0.3 miles roundtrip/45 min.
Difficulty Rating: Easy/Moderate
This trail takes you down to the entrance to Corbets Couloir. The couloir is a narrow passageway through the rock that challenges skiers and snowboarders alike during the winter. This is a short hike, but more steep than Top of the World. Beautiful wildflowers bloom along this trail during peak months. It offers great views of the valley.
Distance/Time: Approximately 0.5 miles; allow 30 minutes
Difficulty Rating: moderate
HIKE TO A COLD ONE
Take a late afternoon hike and reward yourself with a refreshing drink on The Deck. Trek down the Summit Trail from the top of the tram until you reach the gondola summit. The Deck offers a high-altitude outdoor patio with Happy Hour drink specials from 4:30pm to 5:30pm and an outdoor grill menu. Open at 4:30pm every night expect Saturdays. June 23 – September 13. Gondola subject to closure due to weather or special events. Please ask before you depart.
Distance/Time: Approx. 3 miles/1-2 hours
Difficulty Rating: Moderate
RIDE UP, WALK DOWN
This trail stretches from the summit to the base, or vice versa, across both Rendezvous and Apres Vous Mountains. Follow the Summit Trail for great valley views and the opportunity to spot moose or deer. For those that hike up, get rewarded with a free tram ride to the base.
Distance/Time: Approx. 7.4 miles; 3-4 hours downhill / 3-6 hours uphill.
Difficulty Rating: Strenuous due to loose rock on trail, distance and consistent downhill/uphill grade. Trail is a combination of a mountain service road (top) and single-track (lower section).
This hike descends about 800 vertical feet into a boulder filled bowl at the bottom of the predominant Cody Peak. This is the first peak you see directly to the south of the tram. Cody bowl is often the last place snow persists in the summer. This hike gives you the opportunity to see even more wildflowers and the possible pika. This hike is recommended for those hikers looking for a longer hike, but not an overly strenuous hike.
Distance/Time: 3.0 miles; allow 2-2.5 hours
Difficulty Rating: moderate
SUMMIT TRAIL / SUMMER MOUNTAIN ROAD
This trail travels from the summit of Rendezvous Mountain to the base of the ski area, or visa versa. The hike offers great views of the valley and the opportunity to spot some of the larger mammals on the mountain = moose, deer, bear. This hike is recommended only for people who are prepared for a consistent downhill/uphill journey. Most of the hike is exposed to the sun and can be hot on a clear day. It is a combination of our Summer Maintenance Road and Single-track towards the valley floor. Please be prepared with plenty of water, sunscreen and proper footwear as you’ll travel 4,139 feet in vertical!
Distance/Time: Approx 7.4 miles one way; allow 3-4 hours downhill / 3-5 hours uphill
Difficulty Rating: strenuous due to loose rock on trail; distance and consistent downhill/uphill grade.
TAKING IT TO THE PARK
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort shares a boundary with Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) and we encourage all our guests to experience this incredible natural environment. Park your car, strap on your pack and head out on out trails into the heart of GTNP.
We strongly encourage you to have a detailed trail guide book and topographical map if planning on heading into GTNP.
Teton Crest Trail
A must-do hike for any backpacker, the Teton Crest Trail starts at Teton Pass and follows the ridgelines through Teton Village, all the way to Mt. Moran at the north end of GTNP. Jump start your Teton Crest Trail experience with a ride on the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram, avoiding the initial 4,139 vertical foot uphill hike, to meet the trail at the top of Rendezvous Mountain. The trail follows the high crest though wildflower meadows, around glacial lakes and offers panoramic views. Backpackers can end their adventure at a number of different locations depending on the desired length of the trip. This is a true wilderness adventure and an experience of a lifetime. However, it requires extensive backcountry experience, endurance and skills. If you are not up for a multi-day hike*, check out Marion Lake and Granite Canyon for day hike options in GTNP.
This hike starts at the summit of Rendezvous Mountain and makes its way up through alpine and sub-alpine terrain to Marion Lake in GTNP. This is a great overnight in the backcountry*. 12.5 miles round-trip, 7 hours, 4,250 feet total vertical rise.
From the top of the tram, take this strenuous hike down into Granite Canyon’s alpine forest in GTNP, ending at the Teton Village base area, or hike from bottom to top for an uphill challenge. 11 miles one way, 7 hours, 4,100 foot total vertical rise/descent. Shuttles can be arranged from Teton Village to the Granite Canyon trailhead to avoid the Valley Trail hike to Teton Village.
The most moderate of them all, the Valley Trail originates in the Teton Village base area and traverses along relatively flat terrain to Phelps Lake adjacent to the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve in GTNP. The trail winds through alpine forests that are home to local wildlife such as bears, moose, marmots and miles and provide great views of the valley. The hike ends at the shores of Phelps Lake and provides an ideal spot for picnicking and swimming. 5.1 miles one way, 2-3 hours, minimal vertical rise. Shuttles can be arranged from Teton Village.
*All backcountry camping requires a permit and park-approved bear canister. These can be obtained at GTNP ranger stations or Visitor Centers.