One of the most popular Jackson Hole activities is to explore the nearby national parks like Grand Teton National Park. One of the most popular areas in Grand Teton National Park is the Cascade Canyon area which is by Jenny Lake. Cascade Canyon offers numerous hiking trails that range from easy strolls to strenuous multi-day excursions, both of which allow you to explore the natural beauty of the Park. The trailhead can be reached by either taking the moderate Jenny Lake Loop hike (3.3 miles one way) or by taking a shuttle boat across the lake. Tickets for the shuttle can be purchased at the Jenny Lake boat dock and the shuttle runs every 15 minutes from 8am to 6pm daily. From there, take the Cascade Canyon Trail (7.2 miles) to the 200 foot tall waterfall, Hidden Falls, and the appropriately-named Inspiration Point which gives you a beautiful view over Jenny Lake and the east side of Grand Teton National Park. If you are looking for a more strenuous hike, you can continue your hike further to reach the Forks of Cascade Canyon. This trail will lead you to spectacular views of Grand Teton, Mt. Owen and Teewinot. If you are an expert hiker and would like an overnight excursion, you can follow either the South Fork to Hurricane Pass (23 miles) or the North Fork to Lake Solitude (18 miles). You will need a backcountry permit and, of course, the appropriate camping gear for these trips.
No matter how adventurous you want to get with your Cascade Canyon hike, it is important to make sure you are prepared and plan your hike. Learn about the area and be sure to get the latest guidebooks and maps. Be realistic about your physical level and don’t push yourself too hard. Remember that the elevation increase will have an impact on your physical exertion. In addition, be sure to not hike alone and tell a family member or friend that will not be hiking with you where you plan to hike ahead of time in case of an emergency. Always dress appropriately for the season and carry the right supplies such as a compass, insect repellent, first aid kit, etc. Of course, bring plenty of water and high energy food (in bear-proof containers)!
Talk to the rangers at the Visitor Center who can assist you with any trail details and offer suggestions on the best hike for you.
There are many other Jackson Hole summer activities that you can enjoy during your stay at The Lodge at Rustic Inn. No matter what activity you choose, be sure to relax at the spa at Rustic Inn with a soothing massage.