Jenny Lake Loop Road, Grand Teton Park

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Jenny Lake Loop

Jenny Lake Loop Road is a scenic, one-way road that heads southwest off of the Teton Park Loop Road, past Jenny Lake and the Cathedral group of the Tetons.

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  • The Jenny Lake Loop Road is about 5 miles long and can be easily accessed from the Teton Loop Road.
  • A 6.5 mile trail around the lake is flat and not much hiking experience is needed to explore this area by foot.
  • To avoid summer crowds, visit this road during the early morning or late afternoon hours.

Overview

The Jenny Lake Loop Road takes you past Jenny Lake, a pristine, glacial lake, nestled at the foot of the Teton Mountain Range. Jenny Lake, named after the wife of an early settler, lies at the mouth of Cascade Canyon. Park and take some time to sit by its shores and marvel at the beauty, or put on your hiking shoes and explore the lake and surrounding area by foot.

Directions

Travel roughly 9 miles north from the Moose Junction entrance to the park and take a left onto the Jenny Lake Loop Road. This road is closed in the winter.

Time/Distance

The one-way Jenny Lake Road is about 5 miles long. It is a well maintained, paved road that can be traveled in about 25-20 minutes, but this time doesn’t include stops to admire the scenery. Always be mindful of wildlife.

Highlights

  • A flat, 6.5 mile hike circumnavigates the lake and is a nice way to stretch your legs and take in some of the natural beauty first hand.
  • From the opposite side of the lake, which can be reached by foot or ferry, hike to Inspiration Point or Hidden Falls.
  • Jenny Lake is a focal point of Grand Teton National Park, so plan your drive for early morning or late afternoon to avoid crowds.
  • Trails to String and Leigh Lakes can be accessed from the northern shore of Jenny Lake.
  • Pull off at the Cathedral Group turnout to marvel at the Grand, Teewinot and Mt. Owen.

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