Cascade Canyon, Grand Teton National Park

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Cascade Canyon is located in Grand Teton National Park, in the U.S. state of Wyoming. The canyon was formed by glaciers which retreated at the end of the last glacial maximum approximately 15,000 years ago. Today, Cascade Canyon has numerous polished glacial erratics, hanging cirques and a U-shape as evidences that demonstrate that glaciers once filled the canyon to a depth of at least. Rock debris that was transported out of the canyon by glacial motion formed moraines which now impound the waters of Jenny Lake which is located at the base of the canyon. Cascade Creek now flows where the glaciers once did and the numerous waterfalls, such as the 100ft tall Hidden Falls, found within the gorge are popular destinations with tourists.The canyon is immediately west of Jenny Lake. The Cascade Canyon Trail follows the length of the canyon and is one of the most heavily used hiking trails in the park. The canyon can be reached from the Jenny Lake campground after a level hike of along the Jenny Lake Trail, or by way of a scenic boat ride from the campground to the west shore of Jenny Lake. At the foot of the canyon it is to the junction of the north and south Cascade Canyon trails. From there, hikers have the option of heading north along the Lake Solitude Trail to Lake Solitude (another or south via the South Fork Cascade Canyon Trail to Hurricane Pass (. From Lake Solitude there are sweeping views of the Cathedral Group and Grand Teton. Just below Hurricane Pass, a small glacier known as Schoolroom Glacier can be reached via a short side trail. The canyon is situated between Grand Teton which is high to the south and several peaks over to the north. Steep cliffs descending from these peaks ensure that the high points to the north and south are not visible until one hikes considerable distance into the canyon.
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  • This is a gorgeous, indescribably beautiful hike. You don't have to be a marathon runner to enjoy it. Go as far as you can - it doesn't matter if you can't go the whole way because the views are great...  more »
  • We took the boat shuttle across to avoid the walk around the lake ($15.00 both ways per person). We walked to the Hidden Falls, then towards inspiration Point (currently closed but the view on the way...  more »
  • Loved taking the shuttle across the lake to cut two miles off the hike. Most tourist head for Hidden Falls and/or Inspiration Point which are both about a one mile hike after getting off the shuttle b...  more »
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  • If you don't want to stay overnight, it is a nice dayhike to the crossing at the end of cascade canyon. If you got a permit you can camp overnight. You are likely to see Pica by the rock fields if you wait for a minute.
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