Hike to Jenny Lake's Inspiration Point

2.2 miles 450 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Gordon Li

Amazingly photogenic and scenic, this short stretch is a must when visiting the Grand Tetons.

A relatively easy hike. Getting to the trailhead requires a short boat ride across Jenny Lake from the south side. Alternatively, it is possible to walk around the lake as well.

Starting from the boat dock, the trail is only a 1.1 mile climb to Inspiration Point (2.2 miles round trip). Shortly into the hike, you will pass a side trail leading to Hidden Falls. If you have time, it's worth checking out.

Wild marmots zips through the pristine conifer forest floor as you ascend. Wildlife is abundant in these parts. If you're lucky, you might even come across a moose. However, be wary of bears as they are known to frequent the area as well.

The forest opens up to a gorgeous backdrop of the "Cathedral Group." This is essentially the middle point of the hike. It is also a good time to refuel and take a moment and digest the Tetons in all its beauty.

The trail becomes a bit rocky, but is still manageable. Afterwards, you'll be greeted with a panoramic view of Jenny Lake.

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ūü•áTop Contributor

about 3 years ago

alright views

If you cheat and take the boat shuttle, I'd recommend the views and mile spur to the overlook. If you hiked around the whole lake like us, Inspiration point just added mileage to the hike in my opinion. Definitely check out Hidden Falls!!

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over 3 years ago

Stunning Views, Crowds.

The Jenny Lake area is the most popular place in Grand Teton National Park. It's an absolute must see, but I recommend going early in the morning, or in the evening to avoid the big crowds. My favorite time of year to visit is in late Fall. The color is spectacular! While it's possible to take the boat ride across the lake (fun for kids) I recommend hiking around the lake. Cascade Canyon is incredibly beautiful and awe inspiring, and looking out across Jenny Lake from Inspiration Point is a classic Teton experience.

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over 3 years ago

Great addition to the full loop hike!

We did the full loop hike instead of taking the ferry and were so glad we made the extra trip up to Inspiration Point. It added a few miles, but was worth the climb!

Great hike!

We took the boat from across Jenny Lake to the trailhead, which was nice. We went in July and part of the trail was under construction. We did not get to see Hidden Falls because of this. The hike to Inspiration Point was beautiful. The trail was well maintained. There were other people on this trail but it didn't seem overly crowded, which was nice. The higher parts of this hike do get a little steep with no handrails, so be careful and stay as close to the rock as you can. The views at the top across the lake and back towards the mountains are fantastic. We were there in the late afternoon and the mountain view was majestic. We saw a pika on the steep, rocky part of the trail near Inspiration Point! The last boat back across Jenny Lake leaves at 7:00 PM, but if you miss it you can walk back to the parking lot, it is about a 2 mile hike. Also, there are not bathrooms on this hike, so make sure you use the ones near the Jenny Lake visitor center before you leave.

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about 4 years ago

The Teton Go-To Hike

This is the hike that everybody and their brother hikes when visiting the Tetons. It's not a bad hike by any means, but do not expect solitude. However, I definitely recommend going on further up Cascade Canyon past Inspiration Point and Hidden Falls: The crowds drop significantly from there own up.

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