The amazing Cascade Canyon Trail features a beautiful waterfall, a lake, and spectacular views. The trail is located in the Grand Teton National Park near Moose, Wyoming. It’s an out and back trail with a length of 14.8 kilometers and an elevation gain of 334 m.
It’s definitely one of the most beautiful hikes in the park, and it allows you to get into the mountains without much elevation. The elevation gain is not that much comparatively, but still, it’s not an easy hike, hence, it is rated as moderate. You are required to pay a fee to enter the park.
The hike begins from the Jenny Lake Trailhead, to reach there, you can take a shuttle boat across the lake. The boat ride is recommended if you don’t want to walk that much and enjoy the amazing views of the surrounding mountains. If you don’t want to take the boat, you can start from the String Lake Trailhead parking lot and reach the trailhead. If you walk around the lake, you will have to cover 1.8 miles.
The trail heads south initially and climbs on easy grades through the forest. Then it moves to the west and passes a junction before crossing a wood bridge. After that, it ascends on modest grades and passes several junctions that can lead you to the Jenny Lake Trail. Continue on the trail and after 0.4 miles, you will get to the junction with the Spur Trail. This trail can take you to Hidden Falls. Take left here and see the viewing area of this spectacular waterfall. When you are done viewing the waterfall, you should get back to the main trail.
You have to climb a rocky and rugged trail before you reach the Inspiration Point at 0.7 miles. While you are climbing, you are rewarded with beautiful views of Teewinot Mountain and more. Many hikers turn back from this point, but you should continue and enjoy great views of the Cathedral Group. You can continue on the trail and get to the Forks of Cascade Canyon. From there, you can either take the trail to Hurricane Pass or the trail that leads to Lake Solitude.