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    The Jenny Lake Trail

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    190 m
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    The Jenny Lake Trail

    The Jenny Lake Trail is one of the most popular hiking trails in Grand Teton National Park. This trail circles Jenny Lake, a natural basin created by glacial activity over 12,000 years ago. This lake is one of the few areas in the park where motorboats are allowed and it is a popular destination for tourists and locals who are looking to enjoy a day on the water. The trail that circumnavigates Jenny Lake is moderately challenging but still family-friendly.

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    Route Description for The Jenny Lake Trail

    The Jenny Lake Trail is a gorgeous route in Grand Teton National Park. This trail is very popular and can get crowded in the summertime. We recommend heading out early in the morning to beat the crowds. Even though this trail is well populated, bears are sometimes seen around the area. Before heading out, ensure that everyone in your hiking party is familiar with bear safety practices. At least one member of your group should carry bear spray and know how to use it properly.

    With stunning views of Teewinot Mountain and Mount St. John reflected perfectly in the crystal clear water of Jenny Lake, this hike will leave you speechless. The well-packed trail and stunning views at every step make the miles zip by. Don’t forget the camera; this trail is about as photogenic as it gets.

    Beginning at the Jenny Lake Loop Trailhead, take the path on your left to circle around the lake, going clockwise. You will pass by the Jenny Lake Lodge at the north end of the lake. Although a reservation is required, a gourmet breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served at the lodge.

    After eight short miles of hiking, you will find yourself back at the trailhead where you began. From here, you can set up your tent for a starry night at the Jenny Lake Campground, check out the Visitors Center for information about the history of local art and conservation, or head on home for a well-deserved rest.

    Trail Highlights

    Jenny Lake

    Jenny Lake is one of the most visited spots in all of Grand Teton National Park. This lake was named after the Shoshone wife of a successful English trapper named Richard Leigh. Jenny was an integral part of the 1872 Hayden Geological Survey that mapped the area, aiding in logistics and navigation. From the shores of Jenny Lake, hikers have excellent views of Teewinot Mountain, Mount St. John, and Cascade Canyon.

    Jenny Lake is a popular destination for fishing and boating. Both cutthroat trout and lake trout are found in this lake. Motorboats, canoes, and kayaks are all permitted on Jenny Lake. In the summer, non-motorized boats can be rented from Jenny Lake Boating for an hourly or daily rate.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can you swim in Jenny Lake in the Grand Tetons?

    Yes, swimming is permitted in certain areas of Jenny Lake. Swimming is not permitted between the north inlet and the marina. The water in Jenny Lake is very cold, so you might want to bring a wetsuit if you are planning to go for a swim.

    Do you need bear spray at Jenny Lake?

    Yes, bear spray is recommended for hikers and boaters visiting Jenny Lake. Jenny Lake is habitat for both black bears and grizzly bears. Bear spray can be purchased at the Jenny Lake Visitors Center or at any major outdoor realtor.

    Insider Hints for The Jenny Lake Trail

    • If you are visiting Grand Teton National Park from a lower altitude location, the Jenny Lake Loop can be a good hike for acclimatization.
    • Do not feed wildlife along the trail. If you do encounter animals, admire from a safe and respectful distance.

    Getting to the The Jenny Lake Trail Trailhead

    This hike begins at the Jenny Lake Loop Trailhead on South Jenny Lake Entrance Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Jenny Lake Campground

    • When to do

      June to October

    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly


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