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Wow!

Currently closed due to bear activity in the area, but I highly recommend it. Best way to fully appreciate the pool.

almost 4 years ago

A Classic

Must see to appreciate. I recommend a hat, rain coat, comfy walking shoes, water bottle, bear spray and sunglasses. Maybe even a seat cushion. A plus is the ice cream that is sold at the General Store across the parking lot, by far the best ice cream at Old Faithful, locally made, creamy and not like that frozen swirls.

Very Pretty Indeed

The description nailed it! An amazing drive, good road and very well maintained. Two words of advice DRIVE SLOW! This is a narrow two way traffic road with no painted lines and lots of curves that create poor visibility of incoming traffic and even wildlife. I've seen elk, deer, moose and yes, BEARS! Mainly black bears frequent this area. There's a couple of overlooks at the top of the mountain, I recommend both at sunrise and sunset. Take some binoculars or a spotting scope. Hardly any humans first two weeks after opening and as the other review stated the park is virtually yours in the fall. As you approach the last curve before the first parking lot please be aware that there might be people walking that you may no be able to see, so please slow down with time. This first overlook requires a short hike to an amazing panoramic view of the Teton range. The second overlook is a short drive away from the first parking lot. I usually go to the second first, also depends on the time of day. If you see a bear on the road STAY IN YOUR CAR. DO NOT HONK at them or get out of your car. DO NOT LURE THEM CLOSER with food. If you see a moose first thing you need to know is you have already underestimated this creature, they are not clumsy, slow or dumb. They are actually very quick and aggressive and have been known to chase and trample humans especially if they have calves with them. Remember GTNP is not a petting zoo these animals are WILD. Be safe and enjoy!

almost 4 years ago

Love It In The Fall

I especially love this hike in the fall. Vivid colors! Take a rain coat and bear spray. I have counted hundreds of people that walk these trails without bear spray, just because theres people constantly hiking the trail doesn't mean the bears are not around. Even more so of a possibility, the scents of food or just curiosity can draw out a black bear. Be bear aware and trail smart. Respect the park and other hikers, take with you what you bring. It sucks to see wrappers or bottles, this trail and Jenny lake are prone to dirty humans. Please don't be a dirty human.

One Of The Bests Short Hikes

Easy non challenging hike. Full of beautiful views and wildlife. Had my first bear encounter on this trail (south side by the steps). Cinnamon Black Bear, quite the experience. If you encounter one keep your distance! Always carry bear spray and KNOW how to use it. Video on Instagram @hikingjacksonhole Also take a rain coat weather changes constantly and quickly, but DO NOT brave the dark clouds or you might be hiking back in a hurry due to lighting #dontknowdontgo Enjoy!

Quick And Easy Access

Perfect for everyone but I especially appreciate that those that can't walk a lot and looking for an amazing view can just pull up and enjoy.

Recommend

Once a year hike. Worth the Jenny Lake hike or the boat ride $. Wear boots. Hydrate plenty and watch your step on the way up. Also PLEASE watch your little ones, A LOT of potential for injuries if not attended to. If you can spare 2 additional hours I highly recommend hiking west of Inspiration Point on the Cascade Canyon Trail for at least a mile or two (1hr in and 1 hr out) at least. You will not regret it.

Jenny's "Good Side"

In my opinion that is! Beautiful views, more trees, less people and if you're lucky you'll see a grey fox and perhaps bears (hopefully at a distance). I would recommend late May to mid June and late September to mid October. Remember this is the NORTh shore so drive past the first Jenny Lake entrance towards String Lake and Leigh Lake.

Best In Mid May-Early June

Amazing hidden gem. It's definitely worth going one or twice a year if you're a "local" like me. If from out of town then definitely! I suggest you take the boat, hold on there's a reason I say this, then after Hidden Falls go up to Inspiration Point and then use the time and energy you saved by riding the boat to hike 1-2 miles in to Cascade Canyon just west of Inspiration Point. Cascade Canyon might be better in mid June.

almost 4 years ago

Top 10 Hike In The Country

Top of my list! 3 miles on trail and a little less than 1 mile "off trail". Take enough water for the way up and a filter for when you arrive. Once you reach the point were you go "off trail" you MUST pay attention to where you're going and are stepping. If you "loose" the "trail" don't worry too much just carefully keep going west (up). And if in doubt don't hesitate to ask someone else on the trail. Even people in top shape get reminded they are human on the last stretch so give yourself enough time (daylight), pace yourself, hydrate plenty but pack light, take a light sweater or windbreaker (for a day hike). I encourage you to explore BUT safely. The last stretch is moderate to advanced difficult. Be prepared for a lower body injury IF you're not careful, and trust me that's the worst place to break a leg or ankle (for that matter do pack med-tape, just in case). Also for this reason preferably don't hike alone. First time up there the mountain humbled me and taught me quite a few lessons. So be smart, be safe. #dontknowdontgo

For The Adventurous

Will take some effort and some balance but totally worth it. Don't forget to leave your wallet and non waterproof phone in the car 😉. Once you do it in daylight then try it at night, double the adventure! Be bear aware.

Breathtaking

Whatever you're seeking you will find it here. Whether to share a moment with family or a romantic evening. As far as views of these amazing peaks with such ease it doesn't get better than this.

almost 4 years ago

Family Fun!

Great hike for a family with kids. Amazing views, some wildlife. Take some swimming trunks and a picnic blanket with of course the picnic, but please do take what you bring and be bear aware. Great snowshoeing in the winter.

Photographers Paradise

Amazing! Words cannot describe. Be there 30-45 min before sunrise or sunset. Take a warm drink and light Jacket (in the spring/summer/fall). Be courteous to other photographers and visitors. Please leave a donation at the box. Don't forget there's two barns so don't get caught up just with one. If you see a WY plate with a 22 on it feel free to ask questions about other really cool places that are less visited by tourists, trust me there's plenty of secret spots.

almost 4 years ago

Fly Away!

Not only is this a sweet spot but the hike is amazing regardless of where your staring point is. It can be enjoyed safely but an irresponsible decision could lead to disaster. Try it if you feel confident but don't pressure other to do so. I normally jump at least 5 times, super fun! Go in feet first. I did however give myself a concussion the first visit (even going in feet first) so be careful.

Locals Delight!

Many places to set up camp. Amazing views and plenty of wildlife. Take extra precautions and keep a safe distance from wildlife. It's bear country so be really bear aware. My suggestion is to pack light, park, hike and hike to peaceful serenity. Take a map and study it or if you #dontknowdontgo other wise enjoy!

Worth Every Step!

It's steep, it's windy, it's rocky BUT it's worth every step! The 360° view of Jackson Hole is unmatched. Yes, there are more beautiful views from other peaks and points but none showcase the Tetons, the valley and the Sleeping Indian with such elegance like Jackson Peak. Sunrise, mid-day, sunset or night Jackson Peak never fails. Meteor showers, lunar eclipses or fireworks Jackson Peak is my place. Hydrate plenty and wear hiking boots rather than hiking shoes, you'll thank me when you go home with no ankle injuries. Also, please stay on the trail, too many opportunities for injury if all of a sudden you get adventurous. Enjoy!

almost 4 years ago

Quick Get Away!

Amazing little hike. Be prepared to go up in elevation quick, but also be prepared for amazing views and possible the sight of moose, bear signs and if your lucky a bear at a distance. Take snacks and a pad to sit on and enjoy the serenity that Ski Lake has to offer. Easy to hike, well maintained.