One of the park’s absolute stunners, Cascade Canyon is a U-shaped glacial valley surrounded by skyscraping peaks. Up here, incredibly jagged mountains fill the horizon, marmots and pikas scamper among boulders, and black and grizzly bears feast on abundant trailside berries. Cascade Canyon is a popular entry point for backpackers seeking to explore the Teton’s remote wilderness, but this stretch is doable in a day for fit hikers. Catch the shuttle across Jenny Lake to shave a few miles off the trip, then start with a short, steep grunt up to Inspiration Point (see “Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point,” below). Most people turn around here, but press on to climb up this narrowing valley, where Mount Owen dominates the view. You’ll also skirt under Table Mountain and The Wigwams, two peaks straddling the western border of the canyon. Turn around at the Forks, the point where the canyon (and trail) split in two: North will take you to Lake Solitude and south heads for Hurricane Pass, both top-shelf backpacking trips.
Grand Teton National Park
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Forks of Cascade Canyon
Our Rating Neighborhood Jenny Lake Area Trail Info 9.6 miles round-trip via the Jenny Lake shuttle; 14.4 miles round-trip from Jenny Lake Trailhead. Moderate to difficult
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