Access the String Lake Trail head from the Jenny Lake scenic loop drive. This area is popular for picnicking and water sports. Hikers may choose from a wide variety of options. Some may opt for the relatively level trail that begins along the east shore of String Lake and extends north to Leigh, Bearpaw and Trapper lakes. Others may enjoy a loop around String Lake with views of the Jackson Hole valley. For those looking for a longer hike, venture up Cascade or Paintbrush canyons to reach the alpine lakes such as Lake Solitude and Holly Lake.
The Alder Fire started as a lightning strike high on Symmetry Spire in the fall of 1999. The fire smoldered for one month before the winds changed and the fire moved down slope almost reaching nearby Jenny Lake Lodge. Notice the lodge pole pine regrowth and dead snags still standing today. small fires generate a mosaic of mature and immature forests providing valuable habitat for wildlife. Visit here in the future and notice the changes.
This trail, not maintained by Grand Teton National Park, is a great place to go for solitude. Travel about 3 miles and gain nearly 3,000 ft of elevation on your way through Hanging Canyon to Lake of the Crags. The trail switchbacks through forested area and then follows a stream up to the lake. There are rock area crossing through scree fields and loose rock, so you’ll want to make sure that you have proper ankle support.
After reaching Arrowhead Pond, Lake of the Crags is reached by traveling up one final hill, and through one last scree field. Great views of the Tetons await on the way up and take your time to enjoy the views of the valley on the return trip.
West Boat Dock- You can access the Lakeshore Trail from the boat dock and The Cascade Canyon Trail. Hidden Falls is about half of a mile from the boat dock and Inspiration Point is about a mile away.
This trail is elevated above the Lake Shore and offers views of Jenny Lake. This trail is an alternate route to Hidden Falls, Inspiration Point, and Cascade Canyon. The 1.5 mile section of trail is moderate in difficulty with an elevation gain of approximately 200 vertical feet.
This 2.4 mile trail takes you from the Jenny Lake Visitor center to Jenny lake Boat Dock and along the Southern part of the Jenny Lake Lakeshore Trail. The Moose Ponds Trail marker is off to your left when heading West. The pond was named appropriately! This is a great place to spot one of Grand Teton national Park’s majestic moose. The moose are attracted to the water and the abundant plant-life found in this area.
There are no facilities at the boat launch. Jenny Lake is open to non-motorized boats and those with a 10 horsepower maximum motor.
Water, Weather, and Trail Conditions permitting, our schedule will be as follows:
May 15 – June 2: 10 am-4 pm
June 3 – Sept 4: 7 am-7 pm
Sept 5 – Sept 30: 10 am-4 pm