Jenny Lake is located in Grand Teton National Park in the U.S. state of Wyoming. The lake was formed approximately 12,000 years ago by glaciers pushing rock debris which carved Cascade Canyon during the last glacial maximum, forming a terminal moraine which now impounds the lake. The lake is estimated to be deep and encompasses . Jenny Lake is considered to be a major focal point in Grand Teton National Park, with many hiking trails, scenic boat rides, and quick access to the major climbing routes onto the tallest peaks of the Teton Range. Jenny and Jackson Lakes are the only lakes in Grand Teton National Park where motorboats are permitted; both lakes have scenic tours available. A 2005 study of the water quality of the lakes in Grand Teton National Park indicated that all the lakes in the park were still considered pristine and that they had not been impacted by air or water pollution. Jenny Lake is a starting point for many day and overnight hiking trips. The Jenny Lake Trail loops around the lake and is considered to be relatively easy due to the small altitude gain of . However, the altitude increases rapidly once Cascade Canyon is entered. Jenny Lake is named after a Shoshone Indian woman who married an Englishman, Richard "Beaver Dick" Leigh. Jenny, and their 6 children, died of Smallpox in 1876.
Such a nice trail. No pets on this trail unfortunately, but wow the view! Such a great time. Highly recommend.
BEAUTIFUL! But get there EARLY! We got there at 6am and hiked from the trailhead around the left side of the lake (2 miles ish), then inspiration point and hidden falls (another 2 miles ish some of it more difficult level) then we hiked back the same way we came. I wish we had gotten there an hour earlier. It was pretty light traffic on the way out but on the way back it was getting heavy. We left around 9:30 and the parking lot was so full there were cars parked down the street about a mile away from the trailhead and the line for the ferry was really long.
Amazing views! It was about 8 miles total around the lake - saw a bear on the final 0.5 mile!
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