Cascade Canyon, a glacially carved u-shaped canyon, passes between Teewinot and Mount St. John to provide easy access into the Teton backcountry. This out-and-back trail is a popular option with visitors who want to get into the mountains without gaining a significant amount of elevation. While following Cascade Creek, the trail provides spectacular views of the surrounding peaks, including the Grand Teton, Mount Owen, and Teewinot. This trail also provides an opportunity to spot wildlife like moose and bears, as well as some of our alpine species like pika. While the trail continues 4.5 miles back into the canyon before splitting, you may stop and find a turning point at any time, making the trail as long or as short as you would like.
Cascade Canyon is accessible via the Jenny Lake Loop Trail (14.6 miles RT) or by taking the shuttle boat to shorten the hike (8.8 miles RT). If you are planning on using the shuttle boat, check their hours and prices. Tickets are purchased directly at the boat dock.
Park at Jenny Lake for access to the Cascade Canyon Trail.
Cascade Canyon often holds snow until early-mid summer. Check conditions before attempting Cascade Canyon in the spring. Hikers should use caution when traveling over snow and not attempt Cascade Canyon unless they have previous snow experience and the proper equipment.
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Last updated: September 16, 2020