Hiking around Jackson Lake

A Walk Around Jackson Lake

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At the end of July we went on a road trip up to the Tetons and Yellowstone.  Day one was Jenny Lake, which will actually be the next post, and Jackson Lake was day two, followed by a day and a half in Yellowstone.  This was my first time in this area and I loved it!


After seeing pictures of Jackson Lake on Pinterest, I knew this was the one part of the park I really wanted to see.  We were camping in the Gros Ventre campground and set off earlyish that morning to do some hiking around Jackson Lake.  We didn’t actualy know what trails or anything there was, but we don’t tend to follow them anyways.


We parked by Coulter Bay and set off past the boat rental place along a mystery trail by the lakeshore.  Eventually we veered off to continue along the rocky shore and eventually over a beaver dam.  We found a little cove to hang out in for a bit in the shade, it was getting pretty toasty.  The best part of this hike was the number of people we didn’t see compared to the hike around Jenny Lake.


I really enjoyed this hike, even though it wasn’t super tough or long.  The views of the lake and mountains are unbeatable, and the lack of crowds also are.  I would definitely like to try and go back here in the spring before we leave Wyoming, but I’m not sure if it’ll be open by then.  Fingers crossed!


Helpful things:

  • As always, bring water.  It gets pretty hot in the summer.  As always, I recommend the Hydro Flask insulated water bottle.
  • Go early to beat the heat and the crowds, especially if you’re going out on the lake on kayaks or paddle boards or something.
  • This is probably a great place to see the sunset, even just along the shore of Coulter Bay.
  • Bring bear spray with you.  This is bear country and like all the signs say, be bear aware!


Have you been to the Tetons?  What did you do there?  Did you like it there?  Do you want to go?

18 thoughts on “A Walk Around Jackson Lake

  1. I have a friend who lives in that area and I’ve always wanted to go visit him! The lake looks especially gorgeous! Adding this place to my list if I ever get out that way! *WHEN I get out that way lol

    1. I would highly recommend it! It’s super pretty, but be prepared for crowds! I would get there early in the morning for less people and to find somewhere to park near the lakes!

  2. Love hiking too and these photos are beautiful! I could imagine the cold breeze! You probably can see the stars really really well at night! 🙂

  3. Those photos are beautiful! I’d love to visit here. It looks like such a peaceful place with a lot of natural beauty.

  4. Well if Teton lakes hike is easy & short, it’s the hike for me, as I am pretty fainthearted about hiking. But I’m sure the views, fellowship, connection to nature & fellowship more than make up for the tediousness & withdrawals from the comfort of home 🙂

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