Jenny Lake Loop

Grand Teton National Park

A easy lakeside hike with astounding views of the Tetons.

Hiking Easy

Distance
12 km
Ascent
155 m
Descent
155 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
2.1 km
High Point
2.1 km
Gradient
Jenny Lake Loop Map

Resting along the northeastern edge of the Grand Teton itself, Jenny Lake offers an easy lakeside hike with stunning mountain views. The loop is easy to follow, never steep, and great for anyone looking for some exercise on their visit to Jackson Hole or the National Park. Fed by glaciers, the lake is nearly 1,200-acres—one of the largest within the Grand Teton National Park, plus reaches an estimated depth of 423 feet!

Description

According to TetonHikingTrails.com, "the lake was named for a Shoshone Indian named Jenny who assisted with camp logistics during the Hayden Geological Survey of 1872. Nearby Leigh Lake is named for her husband, Richard "Beaver Dick" Leigh, an itinerant trapper and early tour guide who helped guide the Hayden Expedition through the area. In 1876 Jenny and their six children died of smallpox."

Parking for this hike is plentiful, including space for RV's or trailers. Water and restrooms are also available seasonally. Though the loop can be completed in either direction, consider hiking the loop counter-clockwise for the best views of the mountains.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JennyLake http://www.tetonhikingtrails.com/jenny-lake.htm

Difficulty

Easy

Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

April, May, June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Picturesque
  • Water features
  • Family friendly

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