Hike the world class Teton Crest Trail through Grand Teton National Park

Tom’s experience on the Teton Crest Trail:

The Teton Crest Trail is a world class mountain hike through Grand Teton National Park.
Teton Crest Trail GTNP

The Teton Crest Trail follows along the Tetons on the other side of the mountains from the popular campgrounds in the national park.

Teton Crest Trail Hike

The trail is very popular and you will see other people along it but the deeper you are in the mountains the less people you will pass.

Teton Crest Trail Wyoming

 

We took a short cut when we hiked this and took the Teton Village Tram up to cut down a lot of the elevation on the first day.

Hiking Teton Crest Trail

 

It was really fun and I would recommend it however it is more expensive than hiking it yourself.

Teton Crest Trail Grand Teton National Park

There were a lot of hang gliders that were going from the summit of the tram which were fun to watch.

Grand Teton National Park Teton Crest Trail

From there we hiked past Marion Lake to Fox Creek Pass.

GTNP Teton Crest Trail
We were unable to get permits for the locations we wanted/needed in order to hike it in the time frame we had.

Through Hike Teton Crest Trail

Because of that we had to camp outside of the national park where permits are not required.

Wildflowers Teton Crest Trail

We also climbed to the top of a small spire that was outside of the national park. It was a fun climb that was exposed on loose rocks but we all made it safely. On day two we went from just below Fox Creek Pass to Alaska Basin.

Teton Crest Trail Wildflowers

The trail through this area had some wonderful wildflowers especially Alaska Basin. It was really fun and we spent a ton of time taking the scenery in.

Teton Crest Trail

Since we didn’t have permits we had to spend the night in Alaska Basin which is outside of the national park. On day three we went from Alaska Basin down Cascade Canyon to String Lake Trailhead.

Teton Crest Trail Photos

This portion of the trail had the best views of the mountains and was also very pretty. We took a side route and went up to Ice Flow lake which was really neat.

Teton Crest Trail Through Hike

The views of the Tetons were gorgeous and we didn’t have any problem with wildlife. Dogs are not allowed on the backcountry trails in Teton National Park.

Tom’s Rating:

Trail Info: The trail requires multiple cars or a shuttle but the trailheads are not very far apart and it is a short drive. You can put in at multiple places but the traditional Teton Crest Trail starts outside of the park at Coal Creek but you can enter from any of the canyons or from the Teton Village Tram. The trail ends at the String Lake Trailhead.

GPS:

Teton Village Tram:  43.597277,-110.870697

Marion Lake:  43.624031,-110.928376

Alaska Basin:  43.696675,-110.850195

String Lake Trailhead:  43.784325,-110.726395

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Feel inspired at the Teton’s Inspiration Point

Tom’s Experience hiking to Inspiration Point:

There are a few different options available to reach Inspiration Point in Grand Teton National Park. My wife and I decided we would start at Jenny Lake and walk to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point.

Jenny Lake

The trail starts at Jenny Lake and follows the shore along the lake. The water kept the temperature cool and there was a lot of green vegetation around.

Grand Teton National Park

Eventually we met up with the trail from the boat dock for those who would like to take the shuttle across Jenny lake. This trail is dirt but starts gaining altitude at this point and soon becomes a rock trail.

Inspiration Point

We stopped for a picture by Hidden Falls and then kept following the trail up to inspiration point.

Hidden Falls

From Hidden Falls to inspiration point you are mainly walking on rocks and it is a really interesting trail. You have a great view of the Tetons from the trail and at inspiration point you are able to look out over Jenny Lake.

Grand Tetons Inspiration Point

The total trip without the boat shuttle is 5 miles and about 417 vertical feet. Dogs are not allowed on any trails within the Grand Teton National Park.

Tom’s Rating:

Trail Info: The trail for the Inspiration Point hike starts at the Jenny Lake parking lot in Grand Teton National Park. The trail is very well marked and very well maintained. There is a boat shuttle to take you across the lake for a small fee or you can hike from the parking lot which is 5 miles round trip.

GPS:

Inspiration Point Trailhead = 43.751982,-110.7217

Inspiration Point = 43.767173,-110.748432

Hidden Falls = 43.765543,-110.750926

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