Grand Teton#3 in Best Things To Do in Grand Teton National Park
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Carved by glaciers and continually reshaped by water and wind, Grand Teton is the 13,770-foot peak of the Teton Mountains – so tall it's visible from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Although this jagged, snow-covered mountain is only summited by the most experienced climbers, usually via the Upper Exum Ridge, long distance hikers can take the Paintbrush Canyon-Cascade Canyon Loop, which offers magnificent views of Grand Teton. Visitors of all kinds can ascend Grand Teton virtually by watching this NPS video.
After viewing Grand Teton, some say that it's one of the most "beautiful" and "stunning" places in the United States. In fact, one recent visitor called Grand Teton National Park her new favorite because of this towering mountain.
Climbers and mountaineers can climb Grand Teton several dozen ways, after 14 miles of hiking and 6,545 feet of climbing and descending. It's a whole-day process. Visitors can also experience Grand Teton on the Paintbrush Canyon-Cascade Loop, which is a strenuous 19-mile round-trip hike that commences at the String Lake Trailhead by Jenny Lake. Keep in mind that you'll need an ice pick to traverse parts of this trail until about July. For more information, visit the National Park Service's website.
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#1 Jenny Lake
The 2-mile-long, 250-foot-deep Jenny Lake is the muse of many an artist and photographer –and a great place to base your Grand Teton National Park trip. Depending on the weather, visitors can fish, paddle, swim, or boat its waters, or they can take the moderate 7 ½-mile round-trip hike from the Jenny Lake Trailhead for views of Cascade Canyon, Storm Point, Symmetry Spire and Mount Moran, among others. There is also a much shorter 1 ½ -mile round-trip hike to Hidden Falls, which is a traveler favorite. It's a central spot for visitors wanting to spend a night at the campsite or upscale Jenny Lake Lodge. If travelers would rather boat than hike their way to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point, they can hop aboard the Jenny Lake Boating shuttle service, which offers shuttles every 10 to 15 minutes during the day. Taking the shuttle will knock off 2 miles (each way) to the Cascade Canyon trailhead.
Hit this popular trail early to avoid the crowds (the parking at the southern end of Jenny Lake is often full from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), but don't miss it since recent travelers describe it as a "must-see" with "great views." Others called Jenny Lake the "prettiest" in the country.
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