Access Special Backpacker.com Features, Register Now!

Grand Teton National Park Trails

Located in northwest Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park spans 310,000 acres and includes the major peaks of the 40-mile long Teton Range and most of the Jackson Hole valley, which sits to the east of the Teton Range. The park receives approximately 2.5 million visitors annually, but its remote and grand ranges offer excellent backpacking opportunities. Grand Teton National Park is connected to Yellowstone National Park, located 10 miles north, by the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Together, these three areas, along with nearby national forests, make up the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

The park is named for the Grand Teton, the tallest and most well known of the peaks in the Teton Range. The 13,775-foot peak is a classic destination in American alpinism, which is attempted by an average of 4,000 climbers annually. The entire Teton Range attracts hikers and mountaineers from across the world.

The park includes 200 miles of trail, ranging from flat, easy hikes around the park’s lakes, to steep ascents of the mountain passes.

The jagged peaks of the Teton Range were carved into their current form by ancient glaciers, which have since vanished. There are still a dozen glaciers in the park, including the Teton Glacier, which sits below the northeast face of the Grand Teton.

Grand Teton National Park: Phelps Lake

Ditch the roadside crowds on this family-friendly, 4.1-mile out-and-back to an indigo lake framed by the mighty Tetons. Bring binocs: Songbirds abound.

Grand Teton National Park: Lower Saddle via Garnet Canyon Trail

The standard approach for GT climbers, this 6-mile, 5,000-foot trek to the Lower Saddle yields divine views.

Grand Teton National Park: Middle Teton via South Couloir

Navigate boulder fields, rocky ridgelines, and seasonal snowfields during this long, challenging ascent of the third-highest peak in the Tetons.

Grand Teton National Park: Mount Hunt-Static Peak Loop

Ramble an unknown portion of Teton backcountry on a partly off-trail tour.

Grand Teton National Park: Teewinot Mountain

This serious scramble ends on a pinpoint summit overlooking the Grand Teton.

Grand Teton National Park: Avalanche Canyon to Cascade Canyon

Link two of the park’s deepest and most spectacular valleys via a high pass.

Grand Teton National Park: South Teton via Garnet Canyon

Explore a majestic climbers’ haven in the heart of the Tetons.

Grand Teton National Park: Southern Tetons

The range’s best-kept secret harbors big, open mountain terrain.

Grand Teton National Park: Rockefeller Preserve Loop

Explore the park’s new Rockefeller Preserve on this 3-mile loop that traces the southern shore of Phelps Lake and reveals striking views of the Tetons.

Grand Teton National Park: Shadow Mountain Loop

This 7-mile mountain bike loop climbs past spectacular views of the Tetons and the Snake River Valley, then descends on singletrack through aspens and pines.

Grand Teton National Park: Paintbrush Canyon to Cascade Canyon Loop

This challenging, 18.1-mile backcountry trek wanders the rugged canyons, alpine lakes, and scree fields of Grand Teton National Park.

Grand Teton National Park: Paintbrush Canyon

Towering peaks, alpine lakes, and rugged canyons highlight this challenging, 21.7-mile backcountry trek in Grand Teton National Park.

Grand Teton National Park: Cascade Canyon

This 14.6-mile out-and-back meanders past lodgepole pine, towering peaks, and a waterfall on its way to a backcountry campsite at the foot of the Tetons.

Grand Teton National Park: String, Leigh, Bearpaw, and Trapper Lakes

This effortless out-and-back offers unparalleled views of rocky canyons and towering glacier-topped peaks, all from the shores of four gorgeous mountain lakes.

Grand Teton National Park: Colter Bay at Jackson Lake

Leave the big pack behind and take this easy 2-mile loop at Colter Bay for spectacular views of Jackson Lake and several surrounding peaks.

Grand Teton National Park: Jenny Lake and Hidden Falls

This 8-mile loop around Jenny Lake visits two of Grand Teton’s most popular viewpoints: Hidden Falls (an 80-foot cascading waterfall) and nearby Inspiration Point.

Grand Teton National Park: Wilcox Point-Moose Creek Loop

Find solitude with this surf-and-turf trip.

Grand Teton National Park: Death Canyon Loop

Sleep in a lake-dotted basin and scale an 11,000-foot peak on this 28.2-mile lollipop loop in Grand Teton National Park.

Grand Teton National Park: Grand Traverse

Notch an epic alpine challenge on this 13-mile loop that crests 10 of the Teton’s tallest peaks.

Grand Teton National Park: Granite Canyon to Paintbrush Canyon

Take a grand tour of the Tetons on a six-day trek past pinnacled peaks, wildflower meadows, and secluded lakes.

Grand Teton National Park: Table Mountain

Snap shots that would make Ansel proud on this 11.5-mile out-and-back that climbs up the west side of the Tetons.

Grand Teton National Park: Jenny Lake and Hanging Canyon Loop

Circle a glacial lake, see a waterfall, and explore a forgotten trail on this 12.4-mile loop in Grand Teton National Park.

Grand Teton National Park: Teton Crest Trail

Trace the crest of the Tetons on this classic 38.1-mile point-to-point in Grand Teton National Park.

Page 1 of 512345
Photo Galleries View More
  • death-canyon-shelf_110x75 Grand Teton NP: Death Canyon Shelf and Alaska Basin
  • Section Image 140x75 17928 BACKPACKER: Live From The Tetons
Featured Videos

Gear Editor Kristin Hostetter and our test team on location in Wyoming’s Teton Range

  • Tetons: Editors’ Choice Snow Test Trip Destination

W3 Total Cache is currently running in Pro version Development mode.