Over 4,000 miles of hiking trails lead to the bottom of canyons, climb mountain tops, follow rivers and lake shores, and pause at thundering waterfalls contained within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s 14 million acres of public land.
Where can I go Hiking or Backpacking near Jackson?
Hidden Falls & Cascade Canyon
This is a good, low impact, family friendly hike. The trail begins at Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park. Park for this trip at the Jenny Lake Ranger Station on the east side of the lake. If you prefer, a boat shuttle carries hikers across the lake every 15 minutes from 8am-6pm daily during the summer, dropping you within a half mile of Hidden Falls. Or you can take a mostly flat two mile hike around the south end of the Lake. After arriving at Hidden Falls, the trail climbs steeply for about a mile to the mouth of Cascade Canyon. Then the route flattens and once again offers easier hiking for the next several miles. It’s an out and back trail, so turn around at any point and head back.
This is a popular day hike due to its proximity to the town of Jackson. Drive out of Jackson on the Elk Refuge Road about five miles until you see a well-used road turning right into Curtis Canyon. Follow this road and, at the only fork, take a right and drive until it ends at the trailhead parking area. The trail takes you approximately 2.5 miles uphill to Goodwin Lake. The lake itself makes a nice half-day outing, but if you are up for a little more adventure, the trail continues southeast from here toward Cache Peak and deeper into the Gros Ventre Range.
Teton Crest Trail
This is backpacking at its best. This multi-day adventure runs South to North directly through the Tetons. The views are unbeatable along Hurricane Pass, Paintbrush Divide, Marion Lake, and Lake Solitude. You can take anywhere from 2 nights to a full week to hike the Crest Trail. The most common route begins with a ride up the Tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and ends at Leigh Lake (35 miles one way) and a car shuttle is necessary.