3 Best Summer Hikes in Jackson Hole
With an endless network of trails weaving throughout Jackson Hole, it’s hard to decide where to hike if you are only visiting for a short time. Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, … (the list goes on and on) are all easily accessed from Hotel Terra, which means that the options for hiking in Jackson Hole are amazing. So, here are the three best summer hikes in Jackson Hole—one easy, one moderate, and one difficult.
Remember, rating hikes is not an exact science and we are basing our subjective rating scale on how a Jackson local assesses hiking trails (someone who is fit, active, acclimated to the high elevation, etc). Without further ado, here are the 3 Best Summer Hikes in Jackson Hole…
Easy: Leigh Lake Shoreline
Strolling along Leigh Lake’s shores is the perfect hike for families with young ones, flat-landers looking to get used to the thin air in Jackson, novice hikers looking for an outing, and everyone else. The hike is flat, it’s more of a walk than a hike, but don’t let the ease fool you! Breathtaking views of Mount Moran, glistening reflections in the lake, blooming wildflowers, and abundant wildlife are what to expect on this 2–5 mile round-trip hike (depending on how you do it).
Moderate: Emma Matilda Lake Trail
The Emma Matilda Lake Trail circles around its namesake lake, but to get to the water’s edge hikers must trek up and down. From beginning to end (depending on how much time you spend exploring, swimming, shooting photos, etc) the hike takes about six hours. Stunning views of the mountains in Grand Teton National Park and the opportunity to spot lots of wildlife are two attributes of this great day hike. From the parking lot, expect to climb for about a half mile up to a beautiful meadow. Then, you’ll trace the northern side of the lake through a pine forest above the lake. The views of the Tetons, Jackson Lake, and Christian Pond are worth the effort alone! This is bear country, so be loud and respectful.
Difficult: The Summit Trail
Start this hike a few steps from Hotel Terra’s lobby in Teton Village, and end this hike on the top of Rendezvous Mountain, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s iconic peak! Big mammals roam this terrain, like moose, dear, and bear; so bring your camera and/or binoculars. And, the views of the valley are second to none. Be prepared to climb 4,139 vertical feet if you hike one-way (riding the tram down is most people’s preferred descent, but you can re-trace your steps or link up with a different downhill trail to return to Teton Village). What does that mean? This is a consistent uphill hike. The trail is almost 7.5 miles one-way. You’ll sweat, you’ll be tired, and you’ll be thankful you did it!
For more information about hiking in Jackson Hole, CLICK HERE to contact our concierge team or stop by their desk in the hotel lobby.