JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Last summer was a washout for Jenny Lake. The Jenny Lake Renewal Project will again get underway this season for the fourth and final construction summer at Grand Teton National Park.
The good news is that access to Jenny Lake and amenities should be fairly uninterrupted. The $18 million project to enhance the visitor experience at the park’s most-visited destination will impact visitors somewhat in the South Jenny Lake developed area as well as the Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point area on the west shore of Jenny Lake. Visitors to Jenny Lake this summer should plan ahead, arrive early or visit late, and be vigilant in this active construction zone.
All South Jenny Lake visitor services will be open during the 2017 summer season; however, access routes to some facilities and operational dates will be impacted. Jenny Lake Boating has begun offering scenic cruises, though the Jenny Lake shuttle boat is not scheduled to begin operation until mid-June. Portable toilets will be available as the area’s restrooms are renovated. Get detailed, up-to-the-minute information online.
Parking at the South Jenny Lake area will be extremely limited, especially for buses, recreational vehicles, and trailers. To avoid parking challenges, visitors are encouraged to arrive early, before 9:00 a.m., or arrive later in the day, after 4:00 p.m., when it is generally less crowded.
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point will be closed until mid-June, as will both hiking trails along the southwest shore of Jenny Lake. A loop hike around the lake will not be possible before mid-June. Those wishing to access Cascade Canyon at any point this summer should use the horse trail to bypass the closure.
Beginning mid-June, visitors will be able to hike from the west shore boat dock to Hidden Falls and continue their hike 0.3 mile further uphill to a scenic viewpoint just below the traditional Inspiration Point. The trail will dead-end at this point, and hikers will not be able to continue into Cascade Canyon.
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