The day after hiking to Jenny Lake, we all decided to go to Phelps Lake – another beautiful lake located in Grand Teton National Park. The hike to Phelps Lake is typically about four miles, starting with an ascent of 500 ft. in elevation before descending a slightly larger distance to the lake’s edge. Most hikers then continue around the lake’s perimeter and stop at the “jumping rock” for some fun before continuing out of the woods to the Rockefeller Preserve–that’s what we did on previous visits.
Our group, however, decided on a different approach, making the hike slightly longer and more difficult. We started the hike as usual, reaching the Phelps Lake overlook after hiking about a mile.
The “Jumping Rock” is aptly named as many visitors use it as a place to jump into the lake. The rock, which does not appear too intimidating from afar, sits somewhere between 25 to 30 feet above the lake’s surface. Peering over the edge though, the height becomes much more intimidating. In fact, Tyler was the only one in our group to take the leap before we settled down for a lunch break.
Nonetheless, the view and the cool lake breezes were wonderful and we all enjoyed our time sitting on the “Jumping Rock”. This is where we changed course. Instead of continuing towards the Preserve, we turned back around to ascend the ridge we had previously descended, back up to the Lookout. We were feeling pretty good after our break so we made an effort to push ourselves up the many switchbacks. We quickly broke a sweat, but had a lot of fun doing so.
After two days of hiking and a total of ten miles covered, we decided to switch up our activities for the next day. Can you guess what we did?