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Jenny Lake Scenic Drive – Grand Teton National Park
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Overview
Location

Grand Teton National Park - near Jackson Wyoming

Sights

Jenny Lake, Grand Tetons, wildlife, forest

Distance

About 2.47 miles from start to finish

Parking Lot Elevation

6889 ft from beginning of road

Summit Elevation

6833 ft at end of road.

Elevation Gain/Loss

56 feet

Time Required

Less than 1/2 hour

Pets

Allowed only in vehicles

Fees

There are entrance fees to the national park

Water Info

Bring a bottle of water if needed

Best Season

Spring, summer, fall,

Hours

Some of the roads in Grand Teton National Park are only operational during summer months. Please check with the national park to see if the roads leading to the Jenny Lake Road are open.

Sun Exposure

Lots of shade

Trail Condition

Road is paved

Restrooms

At the visitor center

Visitor Center

Yes

Camping

Only in designated spots

Food

Bring snacks if needed

Equipment

Camera

GPS Coordinates:

Jenny Lake Scenic Drive – Start: 43.784921°, -110.726104°
Jenny Lake Overlook: 43.767814°, -110.717468°
Jenny Lake Scenic Drive – Finish: 43.760769°, -110.712004°

Trail Map

Driving Directions

Head into Grand Teton National Park and go to Jenny Lake Road. It is in the same area as the String Lake and Leah Lake Trailheads.

The Trail:

Simply follow the one way Jenny Lake Road all the way through! The views are spectacular everywhere you look. You get up close views of Mount Moran and the Tetons.

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This is a very casual easy trek that I would recommend to everyone who passes through Grand Teton National Park.  The Jenny Lake Overlook area is simply incredible and in my opinion, offers some of the most amazing views of the Teton Range.  After you drive for about 1.5 miles through the surrounding forest you will arrive at the Overlook.  Below is the Overlook parking lot that has been manicured with thousands of rocks.

Jenny Lake Scenic Drive

You simply can’t beat that view!  We came right when the sun was beginning to set and we stayed for about 30 minutes just relaxing and watching Jenny Lake.Jenny Lake Scenic Drive

Jenny Lake Scenic Drive

Jenny Lake Scenic Drive

Jenny Lake Scenic Drive

 

The Return:

Head back to you car.   Remember that it is a one way road and you cannot go back the same way you came in.

Personal Thoughts:

The Jenny Lake Scenic Drive was probably one of the highlights for my trip to Grand Teton National Park.  We came at a time that the ferries were not running and there weren’t many other people around so it was peaceful and a really neat experience.

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Enjoyment is strictly how much fun we had doing the Trek. Regardless of how tired and exhausted we were, if we had a ton of fun doing the Trek then it will receive a higher rating.

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