Jenny Lake Shuttle is a time, leg, and back saver. While not losing any of the scenic value of spending time in the Jenny Lake area of Grant Teton National Park. The views from the water are spectacular. It cuts off nearly 5 miles (roundtrip) from the hike to Hidden Falls. For me the time saved as well as the millage is well worth the Jenny Lake Shuttle fee.
Personally I enjoyed the shuttle trip much more than the trail around Jenny Lake. I like to hike and the Jenny Lake hike is a nice one. However, with just so much to see in the park I like the time and energy saved to see other parts of the Tetons. The Jenny Lake Shuttle is just a short ride over only lasting for a handful of minutes. Soak in the mountain scenery over the water quickly because it won’t last.
Once over to the other side of the lake it is 1- mile round trip to Hidden Falls and 1.9 miles to Inspiration point a viewpoint that overlooks Jenny Lake. Both hikes are easy to moderate since they take some gain in elevation to reach. Luckily if you ever need to take a rest it’s a beautiful spot. It is a fun little hike. Very scenic as it crosses Cascade Creek on wooden bridges and works its way towards Hidden Falls. The name is aptly put especially in 2016. As the dead-end trail to actually see the falls is off limits because of park service work on erosion of the trail. We could only get hints of the waterfall through the trees. We had seen it years earlier (picture below) but wish we could have seen it again. Maybe next time.
After heading back from Hidden Falls we took the fork in the trail towards Inspiration Point. This is where the hike gets a little bit more difficult. As this part of the trek was steeper than the trail to Hidden Falls. Once again there are scenic views all around so wherever you stop is the perfect spot to take a breather.
Past Inspiration Point the trail continues on through Cascade Canyon. Once again this part of the trail was closed when we were there in June. So make sure you check with a Park Ranger or the Grand Tetons website for the most current information.
The view from Inspiration Point to me fails to be inspiring. Not that it is not nice. It is just that the rest of the country is so beautiful Inspiration Point losses some of its mystic. All the hard work was already put in so the trail back is pretty easy. All downhill. Once back to the west dock it was just matter of waiting for the next boat back. We did not have to wait long the Jenny Lake Shuttle runs about every 10 to 15 minutes. The trip back was just as beautiful as going.
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Jenny Lake Shuttle
Located near the Jenny Lake Visitor Center
Prices as of this Posting Adult RT $15, Senior $12 & Children $8 One Way Trip Adult $9, Children $6
For more information about the Jenny Lake Shuttle visit their website at https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/jlfaqs.htm
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