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Grand Teton - Jenny Lake area

    Jenny Lake -
Jenny Lake
    Shuttle boat – If you’re doing the Hidden Falls or Cascade Canyon Trail, take the shuttle across the lake from the East Dock to the West Dock; this saves a 2 mile hike around the lake. The shuttle goes every 15 minutes, seven days a week, all day, May to September.
    Rent canoes and kayaks, and paddle around the lake on your own.
      Scenic boat ride – Go for a one hour scenic boat ride on Jenny Lake, the cruise is especially magical late in the day. Find out about the nature, history and lore of Jenny Lake, how the lake was formed (by glaciers), and what lives in the lake (trout), and animals around the lake (deer, elk, moose). May to September.
      All boating is available from the Jenny Lake East Boat Dock.
    Day hikes
Hidden Falls
    Hidden Falls & Inspiration Point – Even little kids can do the hike to Hidden Falls (if you take the shuttle boat across Jenny Lake) – it’s only half a mile to this gorgeous rushing waterfalls.
    From Hidden Falls follow the trail up to Inspiration Point, and then loop back to the West Boat Bock (the distance isn’t far, but there is one steep section on the trail at Inspiration Point). With bigger kids, instead of returning on the shuttle boat, walk back around Jenny Lake, 2 miles to the parking lot.
    Cascade Canyon – Cascade Canyon, one of the most beautiful hikes in Grand Teton, is accessible for kids. From Inspiration Point just follow the Cascade Canyon Trail up the canyon as far as kids want to go. The trail parallels the creek, with gorgeous views of waterfalls cascading down the rocky mountain peaks. On our hike we saw moose, marmots, least chipmunks, golden mantled ground squirrels, and our favorite, the shy pika (round ears, no tail) in the rocks along the trail.
      Tip: Most of this trail is at higher elevation, above 7000ft, so if you've just arrived at Grand Teton, take it slow.
    String Lake
      String Lake is a lake for wading and swimming. Between the String Lake Trailhead and Leigh Lake Trailhead parking lots, follow the trail right around the lake. You’ll find plenty of little sandy beaches and places for kids to play in the water, and picnic areas.
      Looking for a largely level hike, with not much up and down? It’s an easy 2.5 mile hike around String Lake, scenic and lovely, bridge across the river, and wildflowers on the eastern slopes. Start the hike at the String Lake Trailhead.
    Tip: South Jenny Lake is very popular, go early in the day, before the parking lots get crowded (in summer they can fill up completely.
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