Cascade Canyon – A Favorite
Cascade Canyon is one of my favorite places here in Grand Teton. I say one of, I have MANY!! But I do love this canyon! We decided to hike up the canyon on one of our last days off of work. You can either hike around Jenny Lake to get to the trailhead or you can take a shuttle boat across. We chose the latter so we could have more time in the canyon itself. After getting off the boat, the trail leads you up Cascade Canyon Creek, which is an amazing creek that is so peaceful along the way. As you continue up the trail, you arrive at Hidden Falls. A beautiful waterfall! After the falls, you can continue up the trail for another half-mile to arrive at Inspiration Point. It is a pretty inspiring view!!! Below is Jenny Lake.After Inspiration Point, the trail starts back up the canyon itself. The views are amazing! In this photo, the mountain on the far left is Teewinot and on the right with all the snow on it is Mt. Owen, with the Grand Teton being in the middle behind the other two.
Shortly after starting up the trail, we came across a couple of cute Mule Deer so close to us that we could have reached out and touched them. The fall colors were starting all the way up the canyon. I know it’s not Vermont or Maine, but it’s still pretty anyway!
And at one point, the canyon views open up to let you see all the way up to the end. Shortly after this photo was taken, we turned around and hiked back out. We had to get back in time to catch the last shuttle boat across the lake. The hike back was just as enjoyable as the hike out was. The creek was still so soothing to look at along the way. They steer you down a different trail at the very end to get you on the other side of the boat dock. This trail leads along a different part of the creek. Here it cascades over a lot of rocks and drops down into a small gorge. What a great hike!! I love Cascade Canyon!! This might have to be our last hike in the park for the season. I’m going to miss this place after we leave.