Three Days in the Grand Tetons
Strap on a pack and get ready for a true western adventure in one of the most picturesque spots in the U.S. – Grand Teton National Park (GTNP). This family friendly trek leads you through Teton Village, WY, home of the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram, and into GTNP for three-day trip full of panoramic views, wildlife and outdoor activities.
Get an early start in Teton Village with a ride on the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram. This unforgettable ride takes you from your car to the mountain summits, up 4,000 feet, in just 9 minutes. The large windows surrounding the tram car allow for 360-degree views of the Snake River Valley and Grand Teton National Park and provide the chance to see wildlife such as bear, moose or mule deer. The ride takes you to the top of Rendezvous Mountain at 10,450 feet where you can view the peak of the Grand and the expansiveness of the surrounding range. If you are hungry, grab a “top of the world” waffle at Corbet’s Cabin. This made-to-order treat comes with your choice of Nutella, brown sugar butter or strawberry preserves and it a great compliment to the amazing views from 4,000 feet above the valley floor.
From the top of the tram, head off on one of the many great day hikes, with various trails from moderately easy to strenuous. Trails from the top go through wildflower meadows and provide consistent valley views and the possibility of seeing local wildlife such as moose, deer, marmots and pikas. If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, arrange a tandem paragliding flight and launch from the summit to soar high above Teton Village while experiencing breathtaking views. This launch site offers one of the highest vertical drops in the U.S. and provides a view of the valley like no other. After a day of adventure at 10,450 feet, relax and spend the night at one of the many Teton Village hotels and prepare for another day of outdoor fun.
Spend the morning in Teton Village and let the kids play on the bungee trampoline, climbing wall, and in the popjet fountains in the Village Commons. Biking is another great option in Teton Village with miles of both single-track and paved trails on which to explore the area.
The goal today is to head up into Grand Teton National Park , just one mile away from Teton Village on Moose-Wilson Road. You can hike, bike or drive there, it’s up to you! Hiking trails into GTNP start at both the top of the tram and in the base area. A great option is the Valley Trail, which goes from the base area and traverses along relatively flat terrain to Phelps Lake, adjacent to the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve in GTNP. The 5.1 mile hike (one way) ends at a pristine lakeshore and is an ideal spot for picnicking and swimming. If you choose to bike, rent a hybrid bike from JH Sports in Teton Village and take the Moose-Wilson Pathway into GTNP. Spend the afternoon lakeside and bunk-up in either Teton Village or the park.
Get ready to spend a full day in the park. Head over to the picturesque Jenny Lake and hop on the shuttle boat for a ride across the turquoise water to the west shore boat dock. From there, hike to Hidden Falls (1.2 miles roundtrip, 1.5 hrs, 150’ vertical rise) and Inspiration Point (2.0 miles roundtrip, 2.5 hrs, 420’ vertical rise). The Falls provide a great shaded place to picnic and after you take in the dramatic views from Inspiration Point. If you wish to continue your hiking adventure, head up the Cascade Canyon trail that takes you through meadows and offers views of the Grand, Mount Owen and Teewinot as well as the chance to see a moose wading in the stream.
For more information on all these locations go to www.jacksonhole.com