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Jenny Lake in Wyoming - Grand Tetons National Park - Photos

Updated on July 29, 2017
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Wyoming is a spectacularly beautiful state filled to the brim with eye catching splendor. See some of the images I captured here.

Jenny Lake in the Grand Tetons National Park

Beautiful Jenny Lake
Beautiful Jenny Lake | Source

Grand Tetons National Park

During our two week vacation while staying in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, one of the tours we took in the Grand Tetons National Park introduced us to Jenny Lake.

My mother, niece and I generally like to take tours when new to an area because we learn so much from the guides and then, if we have extra time, we can always go back to areas where we might wish to spend some extra time. This was the case when we first saw Jenny Lake.

These first three photos are from that one day tour. The rest that follow are from our going back and spending much of a full day there.

Jenny Lake was formed about 10,000 years ago along with the other lakes in this area after glacial action scoured this locale leaving the valley surrounded by mountains.

Jenny Lake in the Grand Tetons

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Jenny Lake as viewed from our boat rideJenny Lake
Jenny Lake as viewed from our boat ride
Jenny Lake as viewed from our boat ride | Source
Jenny Lake
Jenny Lake | Source

Lakes in the Grand Tetons

The other lakes in this national park are Taggart and Phelps lakes to the south and Leigh and Jackson lakes to the north. Jackson Lake is by far the largest lake.

Jenny Lake is about 1 1/2 miles long and about 1 mile wide. It's depth is marked at approximately 236 feet at it's deepest point. Trout have been stocked in this lake.

The lake was named for the wife of an early homesteader by the name of Beaver Dick Leigh.

Jenny Lake sunrise

Taking a boat ride across Jenny Lake, we were to ultimately see the lake not only at ground level, but also from a much higher elevation looking back down upon it.

We were warned by the guide and also in reading materials to treat all water in the area as if it is contaminated. According to reading material, most of the water has the contaminants Giardia and Campylobacter in it. This comes from wildlife wastes and also from human activity in the area.

Heeding this advice we carried our own water and snacks for the day.

Jenny Lake

Our return to Jenny Lake
Our return to Jenny Lake | Source
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Although there were other people on the boat with us, once one starts walking the trails, one can feel quite at home with nature and meld into the landscape taking one's own time to absorb the beauty that is surrounding one with every turn of the head.

Any group of people quickly becomes widely scattered except for several gathering points of interest.

One can take the time to sit on a rock or fallen trunk of a tree and breathe in this wilderness beauty and savor it for awhile.

Looking back at the boat that brought us across Jenny Lake
Looking back at the boat that brought us across Jenny Lake | Source

After disembarking the boat, the start of a hike that would take us up to Hidden Falls began.

The boat would come back and be available to us on a regularly established schedule so that everyone could determine their own pace and take their time in the enjoyment of this unspoiled beauty of nature that gradually unfolded with every step that we took.

We start the hike up to Hidden Falls.
We start the hike up to Hidden Falls. | Source

One was surrounded by the sound of calm to rippling to rushing water as the entire hike to the Falls was alongside the river.

The sound of water as well as views accompanied us on our hike.
The sound of water as well as views accompanied us on our hike. | Source

The path was natural and sometimes rather smooth and oftentimes rocky. One has to be in reasonably good shape to undertake this hike. Because this is left in a "natural" state, there is no such thing as wheelchair access. So while limited to some, the pristine beauty remains pretty much as it was created over time.

Sometimes rocky paths were ahead of us.
Sometimes rocky paths were ahead of us. | Source

We saw many little chipmunks and ground squirrels along the trail. While similar in appearance, one can determine the difference between them because of a stripe that continues alongside the face of the chipmunk. In the case of the ground squirrel, the stripe ends at the back of the shoulder.

They are cute little guys to watch as they scamper over rocks and munch on nuts that they have found.

Other wildlife found in this canyon include the Yellow-bellied marmots and the Pika. The larger animals that are further up the canyon include the moose, Mountain sheep and the occasional black bear.

There are a number of birds that call this location home. Included among them are hawks, eagles, Western tanagers and the American dipper.

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One sees the Douglas fir trees in abundance and the air is fragrant and sweet.

This is definitely a place to savor the sights, sounds and fragrances of this forested area and take one's time in discovering small things as well as large.

Fallen tree trunks and large rocks provide seating areas if one wishes to take a rest or use those places to sit upon and enjoy a snack or drink. We used them as such and saw other people doing the same.

Similar to all such nature preserves, one is expected to haul out what one brings in to this environment. No littering is allowed! It would be such a shame to see discarded litter in this pristine area and fortunately we did not see any refuse.

Obviously the people that had gone before us felt the same as we did in keeping this sight beautiful and unspoiled for the people that would come after our presence had long disappeared.

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For most of the time, the three of us were alone on the path. Obviously people were up ahead of us, and some would be coming behind us, but this wilderness area is large enough to swallow up a number of individuals and make it seem as if this part of paradise is reserved for the person or persons right there at that specific moment in time.

We thoroughly enjoyed each twist of the path and each discovery as it was introduced to our eyes and ears.

Keep in mind that this was midsummer when supposedly more tourists would be there. Perhaps this was a crowded condition to the locals, but coming from Houston, Texas, this seemed like a dream of wide open spaces filled with wondrous sights to us.

Hiking up to Hidden Falls from Jenny Lake in the Grand Tetons

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Some man made features such as this bridge are provided on this hike up to Hidden Falls.My niece posing by the rushing river.Scenery looking away from the river.The constant sight and sound of water accompanied us.
Some man made features such as this bridge are provided on this hike up to Hidden Falls.
Some man made features such as this bridge are provided on this hike up to Hidden Falls. | Source
My niece posing by the rushing river.
My niece posing by the rushing river. | Source
Scenery looking away from the river.
Scenery looking away from the river. | Source
The constant sight and sound of water accompanied us.
The constant sight and sound of water accompanied us. | Source
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We could hear the falls as we approached the sight prior to seeing it. It is definitely a gathering spot for people along the trail.

Technically Hidden Falls is not a waterfall at all. It is actually a cascade. A waterfall has to fall freely while a cascade tumbles over rocks as this one does.

Hidden Falls
Hidden Falls | Source

Hidden Falls tumbles over rocks for about 200 feet ( or 60 meters ) before reaching the riverbed below. Since most of it is derived from melting snow, as the summer progresses, the falls diminish in volume over time.

The name "hidden" came about because the only way that it can be viewed is by walking and hiking the trail. It cannot be seen from the highway.

Hidden Falls

Hiking up to Inspiration Point

My mother decided to stay at the Hidden Falls location as she felt safe knowing that there would undoubtedly always be people there.

My niece and I start the hike up to Inspiration Point
My niece and I start the hike up to Inspiration Point | Source

The hike up to Inspiration Point would become more difficult and strenuous. My niece and I decided to undertake that and we joined others that wanted to look down upon Jenny Lake and the valley containing Jackson Hole from that perspective.

It was a very rocky and at times a challenging chore to keep going especially because of these higher elevations. Just about the entire trail is at an elevation above 7,000 feet or 2100 meters.

Since we live in Houston, Texas which is just slightly above sea level, it takes a while to adjust to these higher elevations. We stopped along the trail and besides huffing and puffing, we rested when needed before we would again resume the hike.

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All natural features such as the rocks and all vegetation are protected in the Park. They are to be enjoyed and photographed, but are not to be disturbed.

No pets are allowed to be on the trails or back country in the Grand Tetons National Park.

We saw several types of blooming wildflowers. Some of the wildflowers that are known to be in the park include wild columbines, Indian paintbrush, silky phacelia, glacier lilies and many others.

The trees vary from the Douglas Fir to a Subalpine Fir, Lodgepole pine and Engelmann Spruce. There are some trees in this area reputed to be over 400 years old.

Scenery on the way to Inspiration Point
Scenery on the way to Inspiration Point | Source

We arrive at Inspiration Point

Gazing across Jenny Lake with the Grand Tetons to one's back, one can see the other mountains that surround the valley and Jackson Hole.

One can continue hiking beyond Inspiration Point. We chose not to do that as my mother was waiting for us below and we had quite a hike to get back down to the lake and catch our boat ride back across it.

For those that have more time, the trail leads for another six miles through Cascade Canyon to Lake Solitude.

Off in the distance we saw some people that were mountain climbing.

Anyone going further than Inspiration Point has to register with the park rangers and they keep track of just how many people are out there on those trails at any point in time.

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My niece at Inspiration Point.  Jenny lake lies below as well as the valley floor with Jackson Hole.Popular resting spot at Inspiration Point.These are ground squirrels at Inspiration Point.
My niece at Inspiration Point.  Jenny lake lies below as well as the valley floor with Jackson Hole.
My niece at Inspiration Point. Jenny lake lies below as well as the valley floor with Jackson Hole. | Source
Popular resting spot at Inspiration Point.
Popular resting spot at Inspiration Point. | Source
These are ground squirrels at Inspiration Point.
These are ground squirrels at Inspiration Point. | Source

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Inspiration Point

This adventure took up one precious day of our time on this vacation trip, but it was well worth it. We communed with nature; enjoyed the fresh mountain air and got some healthy exercise.

Jenny Lake is one gorgeous spot of many in the Grand Tetons National Park in Wyoming!

Kayaking Jenny Lake, Grand Tetons National Park

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Nice video to wrap up this hub about Jenny Lake.

© 2009 Peggy Woods

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    • Peggy W profile image
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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      This is such a gorgeous area in the Grand Teton National Park. I appreciate your sharing this again so that more people can learn of it.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Beautiful photos! Already pinned to my 'Travel' board and now I've pinned it to my 'Pink II' board and shared on FB. Also sharing again with HP followers!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Margaret,

      I would also love to return someday with my husband so that he could also enjoy this superb scenery. It is such a relaxing place with nature at its best. So nice that you have had this experience. Thanks for the votes.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      There is much more of Wyoming that I would enjoy seeing someday and would heartily recommend this state if for nothing else than sheer beauty. It has spectacular scenery! Hope you get there someday. Thanks for the votes, share and pin.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      This wonderful hub brought back memories of my trip to the Grand Tetons that we took about eight years ago. We rented a boat and took a ride across the lake. We also did the hike up to the falls. I would love to return some day. Voting this up, interesting useful and beautiful.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      This is indeed another exceptional article packed with information and gorgeous photos! My #2 and I planned to visit Wyoming several times, but just never got there for some reason. We drove through WY on the east side between other destinations, but never stopped.

      Voted up, beautiful, awesome, interesting, useful, shared, and pinned.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi sgbrown,

      Thanks for your comment and votes. Hope that you do get to see this gorgeous area in the Grand Tetons National Park for yourself someday. The scenery is nothing short of spectacular!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Leah,

      We also took a rafting trip on the Snake River and I showed that in another hub. What fun! Am so glad we spent all but 2 days of our 2 week vacation in the Grand Tetons...the other 2 days in adjacent Yellowstone. Like you, I would love to go back someday. Such beauty and majesty in those areas! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi AliciaC,

      I know...what could be better than this type of scenery! Appreciate your comment and nice to know that you enjoyed your virtual visit to Jenny Lake and its surroundings.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi bdegiulio,

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed these many photos of our experience on the beautiful Jenny Lake in the Grand Tetons National Park. I purposedly split the Tetons into several hubs so that it would not be too long a read. Please enjoy the others if you are interested in this part of the country. Appreciate your comment.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is a wonderful hub! Your pictures are awesome and the narrative was very interesting. I would love to see it in person some day. Thank you for sharing your trip with us! Voted up and awesome! Have a beautiful day! :)

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      Leah Lefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      Oh, Peggy - I love living vicariously through your travels. I absolutely love that area of the country - but I've only been near the Tetons once. I am desperate to go again, because the scenery is so dramatic and beautiful! I have never been to Jenny Lake, but we did raft on the Snake River. Gorgeous hub!

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Mountains, trees, a lake and a river - what a wonderful combination! Jenny Lake looks like a beautiful place to visit. As always, your photos, videos and description combine to make a very enjoyable hub, Peggy.

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Peggy. This got published long before I discovered HubPages but I'm glad it's being shared now. What a beautiful depiction of Jenny Lake and the Tetons. The photos are wonderful. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Sam,

      We spent the majority of an entire vacation trip in the Grand Tetons National Park with only 2 days of it visiting Yellowstone...just the opposite of what many people do. Jenny Lake and the other areas in the Tetons are so beautiful. Thanks for taking a look & leaving a comment.

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      Sam 6 years ago

      Love your Teton photos. A very nice in depth look at Grand Teton National Park you've created here. My recent post http://samsplayground.com/glacier-national-park-mo... has some moose photos but we didn't do as in depth an exploration as you obviously did

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello atomicpaulsen,

      Idaho does border the Tetons and as a matter of fact because of fires in Yellowstone closing the south entrance the year we were there, we had to drive through a portion of Idaho and enter Yellowstone from the west entrance. That part of Idaho was nothing but rolling potato fields so I really cannot comment on seeing much more of Idaho. So yes to your question as to seeing the beauty of the Grand Tetons from the Wyoming side. Most all of our vacation except for 2 days in Yellowstone was spent in the Tetons. My other hubs address more of it. Thanks for your comment.

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      atomicpaulsen 6 years ago from Orem, UT

      jenny lake looks like paradise. amazing collection of pictures. I'm trying to decide where to go next, this is definitely tempting me. Do the grand tetons also overlap into Idaho? Would you say the Wyoming side is more beautiful?

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi jaclin,

      Thank you so much! By all of your comments on some of the same places we visited, like Jenny Lake in Wyoming, you are taking me back in memory of the wonderful time that we had exploring much of the Grand Tetons National Park.

      That was some picnic you shared! With the spectacular beauty of Jenny Lake and those mountains, I can see why it rates at the top of your picnic list! :-)

      Dornans...quite a place! The size of those sandwiches...!

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      jaclin 6 years ago

      On one of our days in this area we visited Dornans in Moose (which you reference in one of your other hubs) and stopped at the deli where we too purchased some serious rolls and various goodies for a picnic... then we stopped at Jenny lake where we hired a canoe and ventured out onto the lake... we tied ourselves to one of the many tree trunks that was jutting out of the water and we enjoyed the most amazing picnic lunch - it is on the top of our list of best picnics in the world... i do love the way that you write - it really takes me back to that moment in time that we were actually there... thank you once again...

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello stephhicks68,

      So glad that you liked this hub about Jenny Lake in the Grand Teton National Park. The Tetons are incredible! So much beauty! We spent 2 weeks there one summer with only 2 of those days spent in Yellowstone. Did the exact opposite of most people. If I could, I would spend even more time there! Yes...this darn hub writing gets in the way of traveling. Haha! Thanks!

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      Stephanie Hicks 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      wowowow! How did I miss this hub? Incredibly beautiful! If I didn't have a family to raise (and hubs to write), I would travel through all the beautiful parks and hike to the lovely lakes in this region of the country. Love all the magnificent photographs. Simply breathtaking!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kaie Arwen,

      Hope you make it back to the Grand Tetons National Park and Jenny Lake as well as others in the area. Wyoming is a fabulous State as well you know traveling through some of it. Thanks for the comment.

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      Kaie Arwen 7 years ago

      Breathtaking........... I traveled through Wyoming this past spring, but I didn't make it to the national park die to limited time and the fact that my son was waiting on the destination side of the journey. Thanks for this............ I need to go back! Kaie

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi billyaustindillon,

      Oh yes! The Grand Tetons National Park in Wyoming is a treasure trove of wonderful spots for those who like to hike and enjoy gorgeous scenery. We loved going back to Jenny Lake after a tour and exploring it some more. Most people zip through the Tetons on their way to Yellowstone and we did the opposite spending more time in the Tetons than the latter. Have you visited either place?

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Peggy you present another grand hiking trip this looks wonderful - there is so much to see out there.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello loveroflife,

      As a "lover of life" I truly hope you get to see Jenny Lake in the Grand Tetons National Park someday. You will LOVE it...no pun intended...well...just maybe a little. LOL Most people skip on by the Tetons on their way to Yellowstone National Park, and while that park is certainly worth visiting...so are the Tetons! Thanks for the comment.

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      loveroflife 8 years ago

      These pictures really make me want to visit the Grand Tetons National Park. Thanks.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi myownworld,

      So happy that you enjoyed this photographic tour of Jenny Lake in the Grand Tetons National Park. It is such a beautiful place! Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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      myownworld 8 years ago from uk

      just reading this and seeing the pics, I feel refreshed! a pleasure to read...

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I agree, Camping Dan, the Tetons are beautiful! So glad that we got to spend as much time there as we were able to do. Most people breeze on by when going to Yellowstone and miss seeing what they have to offer. Thanks for the comment.

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      Camping Dan 8 years ago

      Those are some beautiful pics! I was able to see the Tetons about 10 years ago and loved them. I just have not been able to get back to them again like I had planned.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      It truly is beautiful and peaceful, Ethel. Thanks for the comment.

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Peaceful and full of awesome photos. Looks idyllic.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello kerryg,

      So happy that this kindled some good memories for you. It is truly such a beautiful area of the country. Thanks for your comments.

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      kerryg 8 years ago from USA

      This brings back some wonderful memories! Last time we were in the area we did the Cascade Canyon trail past Hidden Falls - such a stunning hike!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks Lupo! I looked up the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness and learned that it is the 3rd largest wilderness area in the lower 48 of the United States.....between Idaho and Montana. Most of the area is in Idaho. Many lakes within its boundaries. You were indeed fortunate to have experienced this! Thanks for educating me about it with your comment on my Jenny Lake hub.

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      Lupo 8 years ago from Boston Area

      Very lovely hub about this place. I have been fortunate enough to have visited numerous lakes like this in the Selway Bitterroot Mountains and there was no one at all around. This place seems nice though and it seems to have some areas that anyone can get to while others take a little more work. I like the fact that there is access for everyone to be able to see something like this, even if it does make it less secluded of a spot.

      Thanks for sharing the photos and your experiences there.