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.
Summer Hiking Trail Map for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort:
*note: hiking to the top of the Bridger Gondola is closed for the remainder of the 2014 summer season, due to construction and significant rock fall hazard.
Lower Mountain Hiking Trail Descriptions
The Summit Trail
This trail travels from the base of the mountain to the top of Rendezvous Mountain. The hike offers great views of the valley and the opportunity to spot some of the larger mammals on the mountain- moose, deaer and bear. This hike is recommended only for people who are prepared for a consistent 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 singletrack from the valley floor. Please be prepared with plenty of water, sunscreen and proper footwear as you'll travel 4,139 vertical feet to the summer.
The trail is approximately 7.4 miles one way. Allow 3-5 hours for the uphill and 3-4 hours for the way down. If the tram is open you can take it back down from the top. Please see the tram schedule on this page and don't miss the last one down.
The Wildflower Trail is an intermediate level trail but features plenty of uphill and is 2 miles one way. Rise up the mountain with a combination of shade and sun on this new trail that will provide a great workout but also features some great spots to take a breather and enjoy excellent views of the valley below. From the top of the Wildflower trail you can turn around and head back the way you came, or take the slightly longer (2.8 miles) but less steep Summit Trail back to the base.
Lower Faces Loop
The Lower Faces loop follows gently sloped terrain and traverses below the Lower Faces area of the ski area. Wind through Aspen trees and wildflowers while gazing at some of our favorite ski terrain above you.
The Saratoga loop meanders through the forest offering ample shade and gentle terrain for the intermediate hiker.
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.