Top of the Tram, Grand Teton National Park Hiking

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Top of the Tram

The Top of the Tram is the best place to start a hiking adventure from the summit of Rendezvous Mountain, with a variety of trails for different ages and skills.

  • Begin a hiking adventure at Top of the Tram on Rendezvous Mountain
  • Top of the World is an easy 10 minute walk along the ridgeline with gorgeous views
  • Rock Springs Loop is a 3-hour loop hike with lots of wildlife
  • The Marion Lake Trail is a 12.5-mile moderately strenuous hike

Overview

At the Top of the Tram, you are sitting at the summit of Rendezvous Mountain, the spot to be if you want some exciting hiking through the Tetons. Summer at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort offers the best in hikes, with meadows, forests, prolific wildflowers and spectacular views.

You simply take the aerial tram from the base of the mountain to the peak, and get ready to find some exciting trails leading down once again. Remember that at the top it can be chilly and windy, and dress accordingly.

Top of the World
This short easy hike takes you along the ridgeline, providing impressive views of the mountain peaks. The whole family can do this walk, although be prepared for the high altitude. You are up over 10,000 feet!
Trailhead: Start in Teton Village and take the aerial tram to the top of Rendezvous Mountain. This hike starts at the summit, along the ridgeline. 

  • Distance – 0.3 miles
  • Average Time of Hike – 10 minutes
  • Elevation Gain – Minimal
  • Difficulty – Easy
  • Trail Type – One-way

Rock Springs Loop
Here you will be descending approximately 1,000 feet into a lovely meadow alive with wildflowers. Although you will be moving downhill, it can be quite challenging, as it is very steep. As you go you’ll be rewarded with incredible views, and perhaps will see a variety of wildlife, like moose, pikas and deer. Bears are around too, so know what to do in a bear encounter.
Trailhead: The trailhead is at the summit of Rendezvous Mountain, which you access by taking the aerial tram from Teton Village. 

  • Distance – 4.2 miles
  • Average Time of Hike – 3 hours
  • Elevation Gain – 1,100 feet
  • Difficulty – Easy to moderately strenuous
  • Trail Type – Loop

Marion Lake Hike
The stunning views make this a very worthwhile hike, though it is a moderately strenuous trek. As you head up through the lovely alpine and sub-alpine terrain to Marion Lake, you’ll love seeing wildflowers abloom, wildlife in the forest and the Teton Range towering over the lower elevations. The best time to hike this trail is late July, so you don’t miss the wildflowers adding their color to the landscape.
Trailhead: From Teton Village take the aerial tram to the top of Rendezvous Mountain and head left on the ridgeline to the service road. 

  • Distance – 12.5 miles
  • Average Time of Hike – 7 hours
  • Elevation Gain – 4,250 feet
  • Difficulty – Moderately strenuous
  • Trail Type – Out and back

Granite Canyon
Get a little bit of everything on this 12.4-mile hike! You’ll enjoy the views of the Tetons, wildflower displays, open meadows, waterfalls and wildlife. Walk along a cascading creek and descend between tall canyon walls.
Trailhead: The trailhead begins at the summit of Rendezvous Mountain. You take the aerial tram to the top from Teton Village. 

  • Distance – 12.4 miles
  • Average Time of Hike – 6 hours
  • Elevation Gain – 4,100 feet (but you are going downhill)
  • Difficulty – Easy to moderate
  • Trail Type – One-way

Summit Trail
Summit Trail stretches from the top of Rendezvous Mountain to the bottom. You can stop partway down to get a drink on The Deck, and then carry on to get wonderful valley views. It’s not easy as there is a lot of loose rock on the trail, but worth it for the scenery and wildlife you’ll encounter on the way down.
Trailhead: Start in Teton Village and go up to the top of Rendezvous Mountain on the aerial tram. Go left along the ridgeline to the service road. 

  • Distance – 7.4 miles
  • Average Time of Hike – 3 to 4 hours
  • Elevation Gain – Minimal (you are going downhill)
  • Difficulty – Strenuous
  • Trail Type – One-way

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