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Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point

Hidden Falls near Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park.

The hike to Hidden Falls and to Inspiration Point is easily the most popular hike in Grand Teton National Park. The trail takes you up Cascade Canyon to a 200-foot cascade and to a vista overlooking Jenny Lake.

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Trip Report: July 15, 2011


Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point at EveryTrail

Cascade Canyon lies between the Cathedral Group (Teewinot Mountain, Mount Owen, and the Grand Teton) to the south and the St. John Group (Symmetry Spire, Rock of Ages, etc.) to the north. It is one of the most spectacular canyons in the Teton Range. To find the Cascade Canyon Trail, go to the South Jenny Lake Area on the Teton Park Road. The trail to the mouth of Cascade Canyon around the south edge of Jenny Lake (2.0 miles) begins at the East Shore Boat Dock. For a small fee, you may ride a boat across the lake, eliminating 2.0 miles, and get to Cascade Canyon more quickly and easily. When we went in July 2011, the ferry was $10 per person.

Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point

The boat leaves often throughout the day. Check for the time of the last shuttle. If you miss the last shuttle, walk the trail around the south end of Jenny Lake (2.0 miles) to the parking area.

Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point

The visitor services complex at the South Jenny Lake Area includes a visitor center, ranger station, a convenience store, restrooms, and the Jenny Lake Campground.

Trail Length & Difficulty

Cascade Canyon Trail slopes gently upward to Hidden Falls, climbs more steeply to Inspiration Point, then gradually rises to the forks of Cascade Canyon. If you ride the shuttle boat, the hike to Hidden Falls is one-half mile and Inspiration Point is another half mile. Many visitors go no further, admiring the view of the valley from Inspiration Point. Other hikers go on to the forks, Lake Solitude, or hike the 20-mile loop connecting Cascade Canyon with Paintbrush Canyon.

Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point

Two of the bridges were washed out when we went, so we had to take a couple detours.

Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point

Here's the upper bridge that was washed out.

Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point

After we saw Hidden Falls, Zac, Bryce, Ondy, Tara, Savannah, and I hiked up to Inspiration point. Dad and Mom took the hike back slow and took some pictures on the way.

Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point

This staircase was under construction. It's a lot steeper than it looks.

Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point

When we got to this part of the trail, it seemed somehow familier.

Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point

That's because of this picture of Missy and Tara doing the same hike in the late '80s or early '90s.

Tara's childhood pic
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point

We rode the shuttle back.

Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point

A big bug on my arm.

Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point

Weather

During the summer, afternoon thunder showers are common and give little warning in the narrow canyons. Be prepared: proper footgear, rain gear, sweater or jacket, food or snacks, insect repellent, sunglasses, sunscreen, and lots of water. Most of the trail lies above 7000 ft. in elevation. If you live at a lower elevation, go slowly on the trails. Your body requires time to adjust to this elevation.