Hike to Jenny Lake's Inspiration Point

Jenny Lake Trailhead

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.

Pack List

  • Rain Jacket
  • Camera
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Good Vibes
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RT Distance 2.2 Miles
Elevation Gain 450 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Forest
Groups
Lake
Scenic
Waterfall

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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!!

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.

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!


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