157 Hiking trails of Grand Teton National Park Custom Designed by Lisa Middleton
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park boasts what is possibly the most notable skyline in the United States. Famous for gracing postcards yearly, the park’s mountain scenery and horizon is simply breathtaking. Established February 26, 1929 and located in northwestern Wyoming, the 310,000 acres national park features extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain. The park has 12 peaks know as the Tenton Range, rising nearly 7,000 feet above the base of Jackson Hole Valley. Throughout time, different groups have left their mark on the Teton area including various Indian tribes, mountain men, and fur trappers such as David Edward Jackson a.k.a Davey Jackson.
The park supports a variety of plant life that grows in different areas across its terrain. Alpine forget-me-not is known as the official flower of Grand Teton National Park and grows in soft mats high in the alpine zone. Jackson Hole is covered with sagebrush and forested buttes, while cottonwood, blue camas, alder, and willow grows in the wetlands. Several coniferous trees can be found in the park including whitebark pine, limber pine, subalpine fir, and Engelmann spruce, lodgepole pine, Douglas-fir, and blue spruce.
Wildlife is always roaming in Grand Teton National Park; inhabiting the park are grizzly and black bears, bison, gray wolves, moose, and pronghorns. In different sections of the Snake River wetlands elks, deer, and beavers can be found. Also, the park supports a variety of birds such as the grey owl, bald and golden eagle, trumpeter swans, cranes, Canada geese, and ducks.
The amazing vistas and wildlife can be enjoyed along roughly 230 miles of hiking trail in the park. The hiking trails are shared with not only hikers, but with climbers and backcountry horse riders. They are heavily used by hikers and climbers, but for the most part, the North Trails area in particular, offers some level of solitude. Many hikes pass through deep glaciered canyons with huge and majestic divides, and some takes you into the Tenton Range.
One of the most popular and breathtaking hiking trails is Cascade Canyon Trail (7.2 miles), with views of Teewinot Mountain, wildflowers and wildlife. Taggart Lake (3.3 miles) is considered the easiest trail to hike with spectacular views of Grand Teton. The Alaska Basin (16.6 miles) is one of the toughest and longest trails, but it offers views of beautiful alpine meadows and lakes. Grand Teton National Park is one of the most spectacular and scenic places to explore.
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