Hidden Falls Hike
There are dozens of trails throughout the Grand Teton National Park but one of the must sees of the area is, or course, Hidden Falls. Across beautiful Jenny Lake there is a waterfall that is neatly tucked away under the lush green blanket of the pine forest. It is virtually invisible until you are close enough to feel it’s cool mist kiss your skin on a hot summer day. For obvious reasons, it is one of the most popular hikes in the park and tens of thousands of visitors gaze upon the unbridled waters every year. The rush of water is powerful, yet serene; jarring while relaxing.
There are three distinct ways to arrive at this wonderful point of interest; Two options via hiking and one way by boat. If you are partial to hiking, you may begin your jaunt at either the South Side of the Lake (at the Jenny Lake South Junction)or at the String Lake Trailhead. The Southern option will provide less scenery in my opinion and more tourists, but the candy bars and bottled water waiting at the store upon your return might make this starting point seem a little more attractive! However, if you’re looking for a hike that’s secluded with breathtaking views of the Teton Range, my vote goes to starting at String Lake (provided there is ample parking to accomodate you). If you’re pressed for time or have beginners in tow, just take the ferry across the lake! The nominal fee to get back and forth takes you across the clear blue waters of the lake and drops you off no more than a mile away from the Hidden Falls!
My hike in particular took my buddy and I around the Northern Rim of Jenny Lake for 2.2 miles to the base of Hidden Falls. We began at String Lake Trailhead and quickly made our way to scenic overlooks with the mountains perpetually in view. Only minutes into our trek, two Moose appeared from the overgrowth just below the trail. They are slow to move, have poor eyesight, and don’t care much if you wanted to use the trail. As long as they’re nearby, the trail might as well not even exist, because you do not want to cross a Moose. We could either wait for an hour or more for the creatures to move or we could take a less desirable route and bushwhack. Unfortunately, we had to chose the latter. After weasling past the Moose, the trail continued on in much the same fashion; Flat, breathtaking, and enjoyable. About 45 minutes into the hike, you’ll reach a set of steps that signals your arrival is imminent. You’re almost there! The sound of crashing water becomes more audible and with each step you take, it’s as though the volume on a stereo is slowly being turned up. Walk through a small tunnel of trees and when you come out on the other side the white water congratulates you with a thunderous applause. Make sure to take tons of pictures and if you want to enjoy the falls all to yourself, get there in the early hours of the morning or after 6pm. Just remember to bring your bear spray!
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