For the past 2 weeks, Jessica and I have been on the move a lot. After stopping in Idaho at Craters of the Moon National Monument, we arrived in Jackson, WY. We were both very excited to reach Jackson because it meant we would have about 10 days with minimal moving. We rented a house with some friends who flew in to meet us in Jackson. After living out of the back of our Prius for 2 weeks, we were pretty psyched to be able to unload our bins.
After checking out the Jackson Hole Rodeo the night we arrived, we made plans for an easier hike on our first day. We drove to the Jenny Lake trailhead where we took a ferry across the incredible Jenny Lake.
After traversing the lake (~2 miles) we docked and began the mile long trek past Hidden Falls to Inspiration point. We had a lot to get done in the morning so we were not able to start until the afternoon. By the time we arrived, it was VERY crowded. The Inspiration Point trail is short and spectacular, making it one of the busiest in the park. It was still gorgeous. Half way to Inspiration Point we reached Hidden Falls.
Our friends (Dan & Melissa and Teddy & Josie) stopped for the obligatory photo in front of the massive falls. This was the earliest in the summer that I had ever been to Jackson. We noticed right away that all of the rivers and falls were much more full than we were used to. So much water was pouring over the falls that we were getting misted the whole time, but it felt great on such a hot afternoon.
The trail gets more exciting after the falls. It winds up a rocky slope climbing towards the edge a cliff overlooking the lake. The hike isn’t terribly hard, but in the summer heat and the alpine air, you definitely feel it. Eventually we reached Inspiration Point.
I have probably been to Inspiration Point a dozen times. Yet, I am always impressed. The muted hues of the valley slice a think line between the blue of the lake and the sky. You could sit on the rocks there and pass the whole day away just looking at the view.
After soaking in the views and downing some snacks, we started the trek back down to our cars. This time though, we skipped the ferry and walked the 2 miles around the lake. I can’t remember the last time I opted for the walk around the lake, but I highly recommend it when the trails are packed. After leaving the boat dock, the number of other hikers we passed dropped significantly, and the privacy allowed us to enjoy the views that popped up regularly through the lakeside brush.
There is a reason the hikes around Jenny Lake are some of the most popular in the park. The views were incredible and any hike is always made more fun when it is done with friends.