Why Grand Teton?
If you truly love the outdoors, Grand Teton is your paradise. One of Americas most treasured destinations, Grand Teton offers a variety of dramatic landscapes including spectacular mountain views, glistening glacial lakes, and world-renowned wildlife.
Grand Teton is genuinely the best of two worlds. Not only will you be exposed to a backcountry atmosphere incomparable to any other part of the United States, but you will also encounter a unique urban experience in the neighbouring town of Jackson.
I hope this adventure guide will spark your interest to visit Grand Teton!
Favourite spot for hiking/climbing in Grand Teton?
Two of my favourite routes for hiking/climbing in Grand Teton are the Phelps Lake Overlook Path and the Lupine Meadows Trail.
Phelps Lake Overlook Path (for novice to advance hikers) is an undemanding yet breathtaking trail that is accessible from the Laurence S. Rockefeller Preserve (LSR is an ecologically friendly refuge, and worth visiting as well). Once you have reached the Phelps Lake Overlook, you will be acquainted with majestic views of the Tetons as well as local ranchers horseback riding alongside the water.
For more proficient hikers, the Phelps Lake Overlook Path leads into Death Canyon (do not be discouraged by the name!)–this is the entrance for summiting the two most manageable Tetons: Static Peak and
Buck Mountain (requires bouldering).
Lupine Meadows Trail (for advance hikers) will guide you to the highest elevations in Grand Teton National Park. The trailhead begins with barrage of magnificent wildflowers and ultimately leads to the alpine Tetons including Middle Teton, South Teton, Teewoinot, and the patriarch of them all, the Grand Teton. If technical climbing is not your cup of tea, the Lupine Meadows Trail also directs hikers to two glacial lakes: Amphitheatre and Surprise Lake.
Additional outdoor activities in Grand Teton include alpine skiing, mountain bike tours, wildlife safaris, snowmobiling, lake kayaking, horseback riding, white water rafting, fly fishing, hot air balloon trips…the possibilities are limitless!
Favourite places to grab some food in Grand Teton?
While Grand Teton possesses multiple lavish restaurants including Jenny Lake Lodges acclaimed three course meals and the Mural Room at Jackson Lake Lodge, the local favourite in Grand Teton is Dornans Chuckwagon.
Dornans Chuckwagon offers a wide selection of delicious grub from Smoked Salmon Croissants to Buffalo Bolognese. Furthermore, the indoor and two outdoor seating areas provide picturesque panoramas of the Snake River flowing beneath the Tetons. Observe osprey hunting for river trout or pronghorn antelope grazing in sage brush while enjoying Dornans mouth-watering menu items (also free Wi-Fi for restaurant guests). Lastly, dont miss live music from local talents during the traditional Hootenanny on Monday evenings at Dornans!
Dornans Chuckwagon is located at the Moose Junction; the restaurant is directly across the Snake River from the Craig Thomas Discovery Visitor Center.
An additional dining preference of mine is the Trapper Grill at Signal Mountain Lodge. Make sure to order their most ludicrous dish, the Signal Mountain of Nachos. However, do not attempt to finish this meal solo (comfortable serving size for 4 individuals); it is impossible (I have tried).
Favourite places for a drink in Grand Teton?
Leeks Marina–north of Coulter Bay, has a great outdoor seating area where many locals hangout to enjoy an unbeatable view overlooking Jackson Lake. Grab some beer or wine while dining on Leeks Marinas appetizing specialty pizzas and calzones.
If you find yourself staying in the neighbouring town of Jackson, check out these two local favouritesThe Snake River Brewery and Sidewinders Tavern. Treat yourself to live Bluegrass music and swing dancing on Tuesday evenings at the Silver Dollar Bar inside the Wort Hotel near the town square.
Whats the best time of year to come to Grand Teton?
The preferred time of year to visit Grand Teton is late June through early September. Although the summer season in Grand Teton attracts larger crowds than any other part of the year, the temperature is ideal for multi-day backpacking trips while avid mountaineers will find climbing routes at higher elevations snow free. Furthermore, Grand Teton National Park provides free entrance days during certain weekends in the summer; check the US National Park website for specific dates.
Anything else you need to share for people planning a muchbetter adventure to Grand Teton?
The best time of day for enthusiastic photographers to spot wildlife is either at sunrise or sunset. Not only will you have the best of chance of capturing the elusive big horn sheep or massive herds of bison on film due to the mild climate at these specific times of day, you will also evade the large crowds of tourists competing for the best shot. Note: your best bet to view wildlife is at Oxbow Bend– a few miles south of Jackson Lake Lodge Junction.
Although most trailheads in Grand Teton will be abundant with tourists during the summer season, do not be discouraged. The majority of tourists do no not venture on trails for more than a few miles, so if you want to obtain the true wilderness experience in Grand Teton, plan for a longer hike that will take you into the heart of the mountains.
Campgrounds fill up before noon, so make sure to reserve a spot early!
Stay alert and carry bear spray at all times (available for purchase at most mountaineering stores) when hiking in the backcountry. Although the landscape is beyond captivating, you must remember that precarious wildlife including wolves and grizzly bears roam this same area.
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