Day Hiking in Grand Teton National Park


Grand Teton National Park is known for its iconic peaks. Trails travel along their bases, run up the canyons, and explore their heights. Heading out from the mountains and into Jackson Hole, vast meadows, grasslands, and foothills beckon the hiker with trails. Below are 48 day hikes that I’ve identified and ranked for my Day Hikes of Grand Teton National Park Map Guide.

The ranking is my recommendation based upon what I feel gives you the most “bang for your buck” starting with the iconic hike up Cascade Canyon to Lake Solitude (and a boat ride across Jenny Lake). Click each trail name to learn more about the hike. All of this information and more is included in the Day Hikes of Grand Teton National Park Map Guide. It’s the best map for day hiking in Grand Teton that cuts through the clutter of all of the options. It includes distances between junctions, color coded trail segments denoting slope steepness, and much more on one side and a guide on the back of the map. Pick one up to take with you on the trail!

Areas are as follows:

  • JA – Jackson Lake
  • JE – Jenny Lake
  • JR – John D Rockefeller Memorial Parkway
  • JS – Jedediah Smith Wilderness
  • MO -Moose
  • PL – Phelps Lake
  • SR – Snake River
  • TV – Granite Canyon/Teton Village

Click on table headers to sort by those columns!

Rank Name Distance Group Area
1 Lake Solitude 10-15 JE
2 South Shore Jenny Lake 0-5 JE
3 Paintbrush Divide Loop 15+ JE
4 Hurricane Pass 15+ JE
5 Amphitheater Lake 5-10 JA
6 Table Mountain 10-15 JS
7 Lake Creek – Woodland Loop 0-5 PL
8 Taggart Lake & Bradley Lake Loop 5-10 PL
9 Holly Lake 10-15 JE
10 Avalanche Divide 15+ JE
11 Hidden Falls – Inspiration Point 0-5 JE
12 Taggart Lake 0-5 PL
13 Static Peak Divide 15+ PL
14 Phelps Lake Loop 5-10 PL
15 Granite Canyon via Aerial Tram 15+ TV
16 String Lake & Leigh Lake 5-10 JE
17 Grand View Point 0-5 JA
18 Phelps Lake Overlook 0-5 PL
19 Jenny Lake Loop 5-10 JE
20 String Lake Loop 0-5 JE
21 Marion Lake via Aerial Tram 10-15 TV
22 Death Canyon 5-10 PL
23 Garnet Canyon 5-10 JE
24 Forks of Cascade Canyon 5-10 JE
25 Trapper Lake & Bearpaw Lake 10-15 JE
26 Rendezvous Mountain 0-5 TV
27 Two Ocean Lake – Emma Matilda Lake Loop 10-15 JA
28 Two Ocean Lake Loop 5-10 JA
29 Signal Mountain 5-10 JA
30 Moose Pond 0-5 JE
31 Schwabacher’s Landing 0-5 SR
32 Lunch Tree Hill 0-5 JA
33 Heron Pond 0-5 JA
34 Swan Lake 0-5 JA
35 Christian Pond Overlook 0-5 JA
36 Cunningham Cabin 0-5 SR
37 Hermitage Point 5-10 JA
38 Emma Matilda Lake Loop 10-15 JA
39 Blacktail Butte 5-10 MO
40 Lakeshore Trail 0-5 JA
41 Menors Ferry Historic District 0-5 MO
42 Mt Hunt Divide via Open Canyon 15+ TV
43 Christian Pond Loop 0-5 JA
44 Flagg Canyon 5-10 JR
45 Aspen Ridge – Boulder Ridge Loop 5-10 PL
46 Murie Ranch Trail 0-5 MO
47 Polecat Creek Loop 0-5 JR
48 Willow Flats 0-5 JA