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Jenny Lake, Grand Teton National Park
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Grand Teton National Park
Wyoming 83013
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Photo by Alfredo De Simone

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Jenny Lake, formed by glaciers little more than 10,000 years ago, is one of the most popular spots in Grand Teton National Park. And there's a reason. Not only is Jenny Lake the starting point of many Teton trails, it sits at the feet of the park's tallest peaks. What's more, Jenny Lake is great place to canoe and kayak. And while the lake's cold water is likely to put off even the most enthusiastic swimmers, few kids will forego the opportunity to skip rocks and dip their toes.
Getting There
 
Jenny Lake is located south of Jackson Lake and Hwy 287. Jenny Lake Visitor Center and boat landing are located at South Jenny Lake Junction. Jenny Lake Lodge and Jenny Lake Overlook are accessible from North Jenny Lake Junction. Jenny Lake Road is one-way south of Jenny Lake Lodge.
Getting Around
 
Jenny Lake Scenic Drive, one-way south, is one of the most picturesque roads in the park. The Cathedral Group Turnout offers a sweeping view of the Tetons and is great place for photographs. Stop at the Jenny Lake Overlook (parking is limited) and follow the short trail to the water's edge for a solitary view of this glacial lake. Jenny Lake trails vary in length and difficulty. Jenny Lake Trail - 6.6 miles round trip - need not be hiked in its entirety. Take the shuttle boat from the Jenny Lake Visitor Center to the Cascade Canyon Trailhead and hike 2.2 miles round the lake's south end (easy) or follow Cascade Canyon Trail for ½ mile each way to Hidden Falls (moderate) and return by shuttle boat. String Lake Trail, 3.3 miles roundtrip, offers a bit more adventure. This easy trail, trailhead just north of Jenny Lake Lodge, crosses two footbridges and traverses habitats home to moose, elk, marmots and deer. Don't forget to pack a towel; splashing in String Lake is part of the fun. The shuttle boat to Cascade Canyon Trailhead and Jenny Lake scenic cruises depart from the Jenny Lake Boat Landing next to the Jenny Lake Trailhead and Visitor Center. Kayak and canoe rentals are available. The new bike trail will connect Taggart Lake to South Jenny Lake. The route is open to cross country skiers and snowshoers in winter.
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Be bear beware both on and off the trail.
 
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You don't have to hike far to beat the crowds

Submitted on 12 October 2008 by snowedunder from Monza, Italy
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Jenny Lake Scenic Drive is one of the most popular routes at Grand Teton National Park and most everyone stops at Jenny Lake Overlook. Yet few visitors go the extra 100 feet. On the day we visited the car park was full but, apart from us, no one followed the short path to shore. Not only did the brief walk give us a chance to gaze in solitude, it provided my 9-year-old daughter a chance to skip rocks and wet her hands and feet.
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