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I was on a summer West Trip with my Boy Scout unit, Troop 97, that took 16 days. In those 16 days...we saw many great monuments, and hiked greats such as Yellowstone, Carlsbad Caverns, and yes, even to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. But on day 7 we hiked around Jenny Lake in the Grand Teton mountain range. At Jenny Lake, you are given a few options: hike half way,2 miles, and ride a ferry across Jenny Lake, Hike half way and back, or all the 6 miles around. I decided to take the long haul. I would definally recommend the long hike. The scenery was amazing. After every boulder or tree clump was another absolutely stunning veiw, whether it be one of the 5 or so major snow tipped peaks, the lake, or a clump of wild flowers. It is almost impossible to not take hundreds of pictures. There is also a rushing lake that is breath-taking. If you go on a cool summer day, the whole experience is unforgetable. The atmosphere there is to calming. The only down side, depending on your personal opinion, the most beautiful veiws are on the first 3 miles of the lake. When you get on the other side...the immediate scenery isn't as spectacular, but you have some great veiws of the mountain range as a whole. Definally bring plenty of water, and plenty of camera memory or film.