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Cascade Canyon

Enjoy boating on a lake, hiking to waterfalls, viewing rugged mountains and spotting wildlife within Grand Teton National Park. 

Cascade Canyon offers a fascinating introduction to the sublime landscapes of Grand Teton National Park. Hike accessible trails leading to lookout points and waterfalls. Cascade Canyon rises above Jenny Lake’s western banks in the shadow of the Cathedral Group of the Teton mountain range. Glacial retraction formed its U-shaped valley and striking rock formations thousands of years ago. 

Start your journey to the canyon at Jenny Lake Trailhead on the southeastern corner of Jenny Lake. From here, follow a trail skirting the lake’s southern and southwestern shoreline to get glimpses of peaks such as Grand Teton, Mount Owen and Teewinot Mountain. The trail then leads to the start of Cascade Canyon Trail. Alternatively, catch a shuttle boat across Jenny Lake to a dock located a short walk from the canyon’s trailhead. 

Hike deep into the canyon via conifer forests and past patches of huckleberries and raspberries. Look for black bears, grizzly bears, marmots, moose and pikas. This is the animals’ natural habitat so be respectful. Do not approach or feed them for your safety and the safety of the animals as well.

Take a detour off the trail to visit Hidden Falls, the most impressive of the area’s waterfalls. An observation deck presents front views and great photo opportunities. Return to Cascade Canyon Trail and walk the rocky pathway to a lookout called Inspiration Point. Relax for a moment and appreciate the sublime surroundings of boulder fields, green valleys and Jenny Lake. 

From the lookout return to the lakeshore or continue west toward the Forks of Cascade Canyon. Both the South Fork Cascade Canyon and North Fork Cascade Canyon trails have sweeping views of the Cathedral Group. Marvel at 12,928-foot-tall (3,940-meter) Mount Owen and 13,770-foot-tall (4,197-meter) Grand Teton. 

The canyon is about a 40-minute drive north of Teton Village. Use the free parking at Jenny Lake Trailhead. Pick up maps and camping information at the Jenny Lake Visitor Center. 

Cascade Canyon is open year-round. Snowfall is possible from September through April, with snow on some trails into July. Pay the admission fee to enter Grand Teton National Park.


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Lodging Near Cascade Canyon

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Jenny Lake Lodge

Jenny Lake Lodge

N Jenny Lake Jct, Moose
4.2
of 5, from 17 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Grand Teton National Park, this romantic lodge is within 3 mi (5 km) of Jenny Lake, Cascade Canyon Trail, and Jenny Lake Visitor Center. South Jenny Lake Ranger Station and Cascade Canyon are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$240
Sioux Lodge Suites by Grand Targhee Resort

Sioux Lodge Suites by Grand Targhee Resort

3300 Ski Hill Road, Alta
3.5
of 5, from 50 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the mountains, this eco-friendly hotel is in the same region as Grand Targhee Resort, Alaska Basin Trail, and Teton Geotourism Center. Regional attractions also include The Links Golf Course and Grand Teton Brewing Company.

$215
Teewinot Lodge by Grand Targhee Resort

Teewinot Lodge by Grand Targhee Resort

3300 Ski Hill Rd., Alta
3.7
of 5, from 107 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the mountains, this eco-friendly lodge is in the same region as Grand Targhee Resort, Alaska Basin Trail, and Teton Geotourism Center. Regional attractions also include The Links Golf Course and Grand Teton Brewing Company.

$160
Targhee Lodge By Grand Targhee Resort

Targhee Lodge By Grand Targhee Resort

3300 Ski Hill Rd., Alta
3.5
of 5, from 33 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Alta, this ski hotel is in the same region as Grand Targhee Resort, Teton Valley Historical Museum, and Teton Geotourism Center. Regional attractions also include The Links Golf Course and Grand Teton Brewing Company.

$49
The Hostel

The Hostel

3315 Village Dr, Teton Village
3.2
of 5, from 88 reviews
1.5 out of 5.0

Offering ski-in/ski-out access, this hostel in Teton Village is in the mountains, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and close to winter activities such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons. Laurance Rockefeller Preserve is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

$169
Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa - A Noble House Resort

Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa - A Noble House Resort

3385 Cody Lane Drive, Teton Village
4.6
of 5, from 382 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated on the slopes of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, this lodge is also 1 mile from the Grand Teton National Park, 12 miles from Jackson, and 60 miles from Yellowstone National Park.

The Inn at Jackson Hole

The Inn at Jackson Hole

3345 West Village Drive, Teton Village
3.1
of 5, from 505 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located near the slopes, this Teton Village hotel is in the mountains, 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and close to winter activities such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons. Laurance Rockefeller Preserve is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) away.

Granite Ridge Lodge

Granite Ridge Lodge

3214 Washakie Rd,, Teton Village
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Teton Village, this property is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Laurance Rockefeller Preserve. Snake River and Laurance Rockfeller Preserve are also within 9 mi (15 km).