I headed up to Jackson, WY after work on Friday to spend the weekend exploring Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) with a couple of friends. We settled down Friday night at a campsite in Curtis Canyon, which is only a couple of miles from town. This spot is first come, first serve and offers amazing views of the Tetons.
In the morning, we made breakfast at the campsite then drove to GTNP to hike to Delta Lake. The hike was 8 miles round-trip with about 3,500 vertical feet. The first 3 miles are steadily steep but not too rocky. The last mile is where you leave the maintained trail and climb up steep trail and boulder fields – you will have to follow cairns the rest of the way! The lake is beautiful and is tucked at the base of the Grand Teton. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to jump into the freezing water to cool down:
After our hike we headed to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. We took the gondola (it’s free after 5pm) up to Piste, a restaurant overlooking Teton Village that has drink specials for happy hour. After grabbing a sloshie in town, to bring back to our campsite, we drove back up to Curtis Canyon to catch the sunset over the Elk Refuge:
Sunday morning we woke up early and headed to Death Canyon, off of Moose-Wilson Road, which is right before the entrance to the park. This area isn’t technically in the park boundaries, so you don’t need a parks pass to access the trail-head. We parked at the end of the dirt road and started our hike to Phelps Lake, which was only about 5 miles round-trip. We hiked past an overlook and then down towards the lake. We hiked to this awesome 25 foot rock jump:
Once we got back to our car, we decided to check out Jenny Lake before driving back to Park City. Jenny Lake is easily accessible and is only about a quarter of a mile hike to the boat dock and a look-out point. This past weekend was really smoky because of forest fires but there was still an awesome view of the Tetons:
It was an awesome weekend! I usually spend my time in the Jackson area biking, but it was awesome to switch it up and do some hikes in the park. We were a little disappointed that it was smoky and the Tetons weren’t as visible as they usually are, but I am really looking forward to going back and doing a short backpacking trip and exploring more areas of the park!