Inspiration Point, Grand Teton National Park

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#3 of 18 in Nature in Grand Teton National Park
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  • Inspiration Point can be reached from the Jenny Lake West Shore Boat Dock by climbing the 0.9 mi horse trail to Cascade Canyon and descending 0.3 mi down to the viewpoint overlooking Jenny Lake. The t...  more »
  • Take the boat shuttle across the lake and make the short but easy hike up to Inspiration Point for a truly inspiring view. Then continue on through Cascade Canyon even more amazing scenery!  more »
  • This hike can get busy, but the views are wonderful and if you hike a bit further past the Point, you'll leave most of the crowds behind.  more »
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  • We visited in early June under a light rain. Had the place mostly to ourselves. Great vista views across Jenny Lake.
  • What can I say? The Point is set in the Grand Tetons National Park, a boat ride and hike and your there. The trail does climb up to the base of the falls so please prepare and take your time getting there. There are rapids and other great experiences and photo locations. I brought my family and friends ranging from 8 to 85 years. Again take it slow and rest. For the young, it just a short jaunt up the hill. Enjoys!
  • One of my favorite hikes. Beautiful views.
  • The hike to Desplaines has quite a bit of elevation it's not very long and definitely worth the trip you can also see Hidden Falls in the way and Half Inspiration Point. And now because you read so far some hidden gems and tips. Right after you get to the top there will be signs showing that you turn towards Inspiration Point or towards the canyon and if you're going towards Inspiration Point there will be a little Trail going to you're right he will be unmarked but if you go hat and a hike 200 yd you will see incredible View of the river waterfall as added bonus to your hike. Another good tip as you can't be mesmerised by all the views of Cathedral formed by the mountains or panoramic view of the lake back personally I was mesmerized buy super friendly chipmunk. so if you ever get to meet him or his body say hi to Chip and his friend Dale from me.
  • Pretty scenery but quite a hike. The boat trip across the lake was lovely. We were told about this trip as a tough climb for the first half mile and then up to four miles on level ground into the valley between the mountains. I didn't bring a carpenter level along with me but I think my interpretation of level might differ from theirs. It was indeed very pretty scenery on the hike up and at the top of Inspiration Point and they were right about the tough climb. For me, it was a worthwhile trip. But as we were about a half hour into the four mile portion of the hike, still climbing gradually uphill - though certainly no where near the rigor of the first part of the climb up the mountain - I knew I was finished. While the return downhill was much easier than the uphill climb, the tendency to drive my toes into the front of my boots made it a bit less comfortable. At a risk to my machismo but to put this into perspective, we saw people making this climb in sandals and in platform shoes. Perhaps they were not properly dressed for the climb. But the man running down the steep portion of the trail while holding the hands of his two young sons did shame me.
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