Here’s the thing about hiking in Jackson Hole: there’s no wrong choice or bad destination. All our trails have something special to offer, be it stunning Teton views, access to wildlife, or just serenity in nature. And a lifetime of exploring them still isn’t enough.
The only “wrong” hike is an ill-prepared hike. That’s why it’s important to live by The Wild Rules and know before you go. Local guides can show you their favorite spots and teach you about all the flora and fauna along the way. For self-guided trips, study trail maps and use GPS apps like Gaia so you know where you are and where you’re going. Know that popular trails in Grand Teton National Park get busy and parking lots fill up early. It’s a good idea to make a plan — and a backup plan.
But the popular trails are popular for a reason! Trails at String and Jenny Lakes offer unparalleled views of the Tetons and are a great option for a day hike in the park. Wherever you end up, pack a healthy supply of water, snacks, sunscreen, and bear spray (you can rent bear spray in town and at the airport).
The more remote you get, the more likely you are to run into wildlife. Give them space! If an animal is blocking your path, the best choice might be to turn around. Remember, you’re walking through their home. As always, practice Leave No Trace by staying on the trail, packing out your trash, and being respectful of other trail users. Take only photos, leave only footprints — on designated trails.