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The Cunningham Cabin trail is actually more of a stroll than a hike. The only way I would call it a hike is if you had to park in the lot closer to the road than the one by the cabin. Even then, it’s a paved road and very flat. Either way, whatever you call it, it’s nice and worth it if you have a spare 45 minutes.
The cabin was built in 1888 and is one of the few remaining in that style today. It’s in Grand Teton National Park and has a wonderful view of the Tetons. This is an easy walk to squeeze in between longer hikes on the lakes.
From the parking area, it’s just a short walk over some grass and a little bridge before reaching the cabin, which is in sight the whole time. Even if you only have one day in the park, this is a nice, short walk and will give you a taste of the home-style if you can’t make it to the barns on Mormon Row.
I can imagine it gets busy here in the summer so early morning or later evening might be the best time to go to avoid crowds. Sunset is really awesome here and I would highly recommend starting your day out here nice and early. I’m sure sunset is also super nice, but I preferred sunrise here all winter. They seemed to be much prettier, not that it’s really ever not pretty in the Tetons.
Where is the Cunningham Cabin trail and how long is it?
The Cunningham Cabin is by the east boundary of the park on Highway 191. There are signs for it along the road. There is a bigger parking area close to the road and a smaller one closer to the cabin. The trail is less than a half-mile round-trip.
What else to do in the area
- Hike to Hidden Falls
- Look for wildlife
- Walk around Jenny or Jackson Lake
- Go kayaking on Jackson Lake
- Visit Mormon Row to see the old cabins
- Admire the view from the Snak River Overlook or Schwabacher Landing
What to bring camping in the Tetons
These are just the main things, you can find my full packing list for camping with more detail over here.
Bear Spray – If you’re visiting in summer, definitely bring bear spray. You’ll want to have this on you when you’re out hiking and on the trails. We usually carried it around in winter, too, just because it gave me peace of mind. Also, this is used like pepper spray for bears, not like bug spray. And do not spray it indoors. Read more about bear safety here.
Hiking poles – These will be helpful on longer hikes that are on the steeper side. They’ll be good if you have bad knees for when you’re going downhill and will give you something to lean on going up the hills.
Snacks – These are more important for long hikes, but you never know when you’ll get hungry! I like EPIC bars (kind of like beef jerky but different), Sahale nut mix things, and Moon Cheese. There’s always the good old Clif Bars and trail mix, too.
Sleeping pad – Gotta make the tent comfy! The one I have isn’t available anymore but this one is similar. It’s self-inflating and just needs a little help filling all the way. Buy the sleeping pad here.
Pillow – If you’re just driving, I’d just bring a regular pillow, but if you’re flying then renting a car, you might want a smaller pillow. This is a good non-inflatible option. Here is a good inflatable option.
Lantern – I love having a lantern for in the tent at night, reading in the dark, or going to the bathroom in the middle of the night. The LuminAID is my favorite and you can charge your phone on it. Buy the LuminAID lantern here.
If you’re visiting in winter:
Hand and toe warmers – If you don’t want to get thicker gloves, bring some hand warmers. If your feet get really cold really easily, definitely bring toe warmers. They’re a game-changer. Buy hand warmers here.
Cozy Sweatshirt – I have a few different Patagonia sweatshirts and love them all. They’re great for layering in cold weather. I have two Re-tools, a Better Sweater, and a Synchilla. Sometimes you can find them on sale on REI or Backcountry. I also like to keep an eye out for them on Poshmark (use code REDAROUNDWORLD for $10 off your first purchase) and Mercari (you can save $10 with that link as well!) I’ve found some really good deals on both.
Long sleeve shirt – I just have one that’s like Underarmour but not. I think I found it at TJ Maxx. I also just like these from Parks Project.
Have you been to Cunningham Cabin? What did you think of it? Do you want to go?