Guidebook

Run the Tetons: Every Must-Do Trail Run in Jackson Hole

Explore stunning glacial lakes, high mountain peaks, aspen groves, and alpine tundra on one of these classic trail runs near Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Description

The jagged peaks of the Tetons may be one of the most recognized skylines in all of North America. A subrange of the iconic Rocky Mountains, the Teton Massif is nearly 40 miles long from north to south and according to geologists, is the youngest range in all of the Rockies. If you haven’t yet, start planning your next runcation to Jackson Hole, a region best explored by trail runners between May and October.

Whether you’re a novice trail runner or spend most of your time on the road, the pristine glacial lakes nestled along the eastern slopes of the mountains are the place to start. Each of these adventures is on a well-maintained path with minimal climbing and views that are nothing short of epic. Consider an early morning start and enjoy the mountain peaks reflecting off the water as you run along the eastern shores of these stunning lakes. For a detailed list, this guidebook showcases the top 6 lakeside runs within Grand Teton National Park.

Are you planning a visit to one of Jackson's highly-acclaimed resorts? Arguably one the most recognized in the west, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort boasts an incredibly diverse network of trail. Beginning in Teton Village, the Lower Faces loop is the perfect opportunity to get some exercise between plans. If you’re looking for a climb, the Wildflower Trail is one of the most popular hikes on the entire mountain and great for trail runners as well. Most opt for a one-way run to either the midway point (Sweetwater Gondola) or to the very top (Bridger Gondola), then take the lift back to the bottom. Beginning at the top of the Bridger Gondola, the Cirque Trail skirts the ridgeline and climbs to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain at 10,450’. The Aerial Tram is a popular summer attraction that connects the base of the mountain to the Rendezvous Mountain, a massive 5,000’ climb on a mere 12-minute ride. For the adventurous runner, consider the epic Granite Canyon route utilizing the tram.
Across the valley and minutes from downtown Jackson, the Snow King Mountain Resort is a summer favorite and a staple destination for trail runners. While the Slow Trail to the summit of the 7,800’ peak is a popular hike, the Snow King Mountain Loop is a great run that traverses a ridge and offers impressive views of downtown Jackson and the Teton Ridge to the northwest.

Sometimes synonymous with the Snow King Trail System, Cache Creek is home to another impressive network just minutes from downtown. Several connecting trails also mean you can access any of these trails from your front door. For an easy run, start with the Putt Putt and Hagen Trail Loop, a classic 10k along mountainside meadows and through stands of pine and aspen. More challenging, the Cache Creek and Skyline Loop is just over 13.1 miles and explores one of the region’s newest ridgeline trails. If you’re seeking solitude, head across the road and plan a few hours atop Crystal Butte, a quiet out-and-back to what many would consider one of the best vistas this side of Jackson Hole.

If you’re seeking an epic adventure, say 13+ miles, check out this guidebook highlighting the four must-do epic trail runs anywhere in the Tetons—including the infamous Teton Crest Trail, a traverse that ranks with the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim, the Adirondack Great Range, and the infamous Wonderland Trail.

Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teton_Range

Taggart and Bradley Lakes
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Taggart and Bradley Lakes

Grand Teton National Park
9.4 km
252 m
252 m
An intermediate trail run visiting two of the six glacial lakes below the Tetons.
Moderate
Private
Two Ocean Lake
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Two Ocean Lake

Grand Teton National Park
9.9 km
125 m
125 m
An easy, yet scenic, 10k trail run around a glacial lake with an abundance of wildlife.
Easy
Private
Jenny Lake Loop
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Jenny Lake Loop

Grand Teton National Park
12.2 km
155 m
155 m
A easy lakeside run with astounding views of the Tetons.
Easy
Private
Leigh, Bearpaw, and Trapper Lakes
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Leigh, Bearpaw, and Trapper Lakes

Grand Teton National Park
17.6 km
136 m
136 m
Run the shores of stunning glacial lakes along the eastern slopes of Mount Moran, the 4th highest peak in the Tetons.
Easy
Private
Phelps Lake
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Phelps Lake

Grand Teton National Park
10.6 km
192 m
192 m
An easy lakeside trail run loaded with mountain views and wildlife.
Easy
Private
Emma Matilda and Two Ocean Pass Lakes
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Emma Matilda and Two Ocean Pass Lakes

Grand Teton National Park
15.4 km
439 m
439 m
A longer alternative to the Two Ocean Lake Loop.
Moderate
Private
Death Canyon and Static Peak Shuttle
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Death Canyon and Static Peak Shuttle

Grand Teton National Park
28.7 km
1,443 m
1,385 m
An epic traverse through the heart of the Tetons, best run as a shuttle.
Difficult
Private
Lower Faces Loop
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Lower Faces Loop

Jackson Hole
5.2 km
208 m
208 m
A quick and easy trail run beginning at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
Moderate
Private
Wildflower Trail

Wildflower Trail

Jackson Hole
6.6 km
845 m
0 m
A crowd favorite connecting the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort to the top of Bridger Gondola.
Moderate
Private
Cache Creek and Skyline Loop
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Cache Creek and Skyline Loop

Grand Teton National Park
21.5 km
693 m
693 m
A 13+ mile trail run showcasing the Skyline Trail, one of the newest additions to the Snow King/Cache Creek trail system.
Difficult
Private
Putt Putt and Hagen Trail Loop
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Putt Putt and Hagen Trail Loop

Grand Teton National Park
9.7 km
308 m
308 m
A staple 10k trail run just minutes from downtown Jackson.
Moderate
Private
Granite Canyon via Rendezvous Mountain
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Granite Canyon via Rendezvous Mountain

Jackson Hole
19.4 km
239 m
1,485 m
An epic point-to-point from the top of Rendezvous Mountain, through Granite Canyon, and ending in Teton Village.
Difficult
Private
Cirque Trail
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Cirque Trail

Grand Teton National Park
3.1 km
19 m
422 m
A trail connecting the Wildflower Trail to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain, a missing link if planning longer runs.
Difficult
Private
Snow King Mountain Loop
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Snow King Mountain Loop

Grand Teton National Park
8.2 km
528 m
528 m
A must-do summit run to Snow King Mountain with epic views as you return along Josie's Ridge.
Moderate
Private
Crystal Butte
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Crystal Butte

Grand Teton National Park
9.8 km
688 m
689 m
A quiet out-and-back run with unparalleled views of Jackson and the Teton Mountains.
Difficult
Private
Amphitheater and Delta Lakes
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Amphitheater and Delta Lakes

Grand Teton National Park
16.3 km
1,061 m
1,061 m
Explore three stunning sub-alpine lakes nestled beneath the highest peaks in the Tetons.
Difficult
Private
Goodwin Lake and Jackson Peak

Goodwin Lake and Jackson Peak

16.0 km
810 m
803 m
A local favorite run to an alpine lake and summit of Jackson Peak at 10,700'.
Moderate
Private
Black Canyon Loop
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Black Canyon Loop

Teton Pass
16.4 km
839 m
839 m
A classic trail running loop or shuttle through Black Canyon.
Difficult
Private
Paintbrush and Cascade Canyon Loop
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Paintbrush and Cascade Canyon Loop

Grand Teton National Park
30.4 km
1,280 m
1,280 m
An epic loop through two vibrant canyons with spectacular views from Paintbrush Divide.
Difficult
Private
Teton Crest Trail
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Teton Crest Trail

Teton Pass
62.9 km
2,826 m
3,090 m
Run beneath jagged peaks and along alpine lakes on this epic trail run through the Teton Mountains.
Severe
Private