Your own two feet are the best way to explore the massive trail system webbing the Tetons and beyond. Jackson artist Andy Kincaid curated a list of two-hour hikes spanning the valley. When Andy’s not making art or installing it at ITP Space – the gallery he and two friends opened last winter in downtown Jackson – he’s outside, adventuring.
In Teton Village
Tram to Granite Canyon
Take the Tram to the top of Rendezvous Mountain and duck down into Grand Teton National Park to the west. Continue on to access Marion Lake, Granite Canyon and the Teton Crest Trail. On the way back, reward yourself with a waffle from Corbet’s Cabin. Moderate.
Teton Village to Gondola
Hike for your happy hour. From the base, follow the Summit Trail upslope as it meanders across wildflower fields and ski runs. If you time it right, you can enjoy a 2-for-1 beverage at the Deck and a free gondola ride down, starting at 4:30 p.m. Sunday through Friday. Moderate.
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Close to Teton Village
Phelps Lake from the Lawrence S. Rockefeller Preserve
Once the summer retreat for the Rockefeller family, this 1,100-acre gem is now open to the public. The Lake Creek-Woodland Trail, a 3.1-mile loop, wends its way to Phelps Lake. Be sure to save time to tour the Preserve Center, a stunning space designed by local firm Carney Logan Burke. Easy.
Drive about halfway up Teton Pass and park at the Phillips Trailhead. The gradual climb winds through open meadows, pine forests and aspen stands before arriving at its destination, a spectacular alpine lake. The hike is 4.6 miles round-trip. Easy-Moderate.
Miles upon miles of National Forest trails on the doorstep of downtown Jackson, accessible to everyone from dogs to horses, hikers to bikers. The central trail travels alongside Cache Creek, while myriad spurs explore the surrounding slopes. Crystal Butte, Putt Putt and Hagen trails all jut off the main drag.
Farther Away from Teton Village
A hop skip from downtown Jackson, the trailhead sits at the top of Curtis Canyon. The 2.5 mile route is mostly uphill to the lake. Feeling adventurous? Summit Jackson Peak, a short but steep scramble beyond the lake. Time your descent to sunset. Moderate.
Two Ocean Lake
Tucked in the northern edge of Grand Teton National Park, Two Ocean Lake beckons. The 6.4-mile trail loops around the lake and affords amazing views of the Tetons. On the way, enjoy traversing forests and meadows. Add on the connected loop to Emma Matilda Lakes for a 13.2-mile hike. Easy-moderate.