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Hiking Jenny Lake to Hidden Falls

The midday sun scorched through the roof of our car as we looked for a single spot to park at the Jenny Lake Visitor Center. We finally decided to take a spot on the side of the road a quick walk away from the trailhead.

As luck would have it we found a place to sit for lunch—turkey and cheese sandwiches and some grapes. Plus some friendly hikers forked over a cookie they decided against. When we finally made it to the trailhead we watched the boats glide across a perfectly blue lake reflecting a blue sky and the Tetons.


Historians believe that glaciers moved rock debris to form the impounded area for the lake 12,000 years ago. The estimated depth of the lake is over 400ft. The name comes from the 1872 expedition when Jenny Leigh, “Shoshone Indian wife of Richard ‘Beaver Dick’ Leigh,” helped the explorers find the lake.


Drive 7.7 miles north of Moose Junction before turning west at the South Jenny Lake Junction. For turn-by-turn directions from Google Maps click here.

The Trail

Once parked, follow the signs to the trailhead. You should see a sign looking exactly like the one below. Feel free to enjoy the majesty of the Teewinot Mountain in the background.

Right before the boat docks the trailhead below marks the start of the Jenny Lake Trail.

Jenny Lake Trailhead

From the trailhead travelers have three options to reach Hidden Falls: by boat, by the Jenny Lake Trail that hugs the coast of Jenny Lake, or by the horse trail that temporarily splits off above Jenny Lake to reconnect at Hidden Falls. I recommend taking the horse trail that splits off above Jenny Lake to enjoy the best view of the lake itself.

From the boat dock pictured below, walk 1 mile to the split in the trail.

Jenny Lake Boat Dock

The split in the trail will look like this.

From the split in the tail, walk 1 mile to reach Hidden Falls. Along the way, enjoy beautiful views of Jenny Lake. Watch as the boats slide across the top of a crystal clear body of water on their way to the docks near Hidden Falls.

Boats Carry Passengers to Hidden Falls

The horse trail continues to rise above the lake on a steady northward path towards the falls. Before the falls, the horse trail drops to connect with the Jenny Lake Trail. The most rewarding part of the hike is viewing Hidden Falls—one of the most beautiful areas in the entire park.

From Hidden Falls, follow the trail on the coastline to enjoy a refreshing breeze from the beautiful Jenny Lake. The trail continues another 2.5 miles SE back towards the Jenny Lake Trailhead, for a total distance of 4.5 miles.

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