Grand Teton Hiking
Hiking is a popular activity in Grand Teton National Park. More than 230 miles of trails are available and hikes can range from easy strolls along a lake's scenic shoreline to challenging technical routes up barren mountain peaks. It is important for hikers to know their limitations and choose suitable routes. Hikers sometimes put themselves in danger because they hike routes that are beyond their skill levels or physical capacities.
Permits are not required for day hiking, but are required for all overnight trips. Trailhead parking areas fill early in the day during July and August, so start your hike early to avoid parking problems. In early summer, many trails are snow-covered and you may need an ice axe.
Hikers are reminded to stay on trails; shortcutting is prohibited because it damages fragile vegetation and causes erosion. Visitor centers sell topographic maps and trail guides. Learn and obey basic safety rules. Hike with a buddy or group and let a friend or relative know your planned destination, route, and expected time of return.
Wild animals are often encountered by hikers in the backcountry. Learn techniques to stay safe in bear country.
The Grand Teton backcountry can be intimidating because of its rugged nature and inherent dangers. But trails here provide access to some of the most beautiful mountain country on earth and hikes can be very satisfying. Inexperienced hikers do well participating in ranger-led hikes. Moderate trails wind through the park's popular areas and are great for casual hikers. Hard-core hikers, backpackers and climbers enjoy treks up the park's many peaks.
Grand Teton hiking offers something for everyone.
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