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Signal Mountain Trail

Grand Teton National Park

Targhee/Teton Area, Wyoming

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  • A grizzly sow walks along the face of the Signal Mountain Trailhead in Grand Teton National Park. This photograph was taken from inside of a car.- Signal Mountain Trail
  • A grizzly sow walks along the face of the Signal Mountain Trailhead in Grand Teton National Park. This photograph was taken from inside of a car.- Signal Mountain Trail
  • The first cub....- Signal Mountain Trail
  • ...and its sibling.- Signal Mountain Trail
  • A family of grizzly bears cross the road and into to a small swampy area. Wildlife in the park tends to stop traffic, so be sure to drive carefully.- Signal Mountain Trail
  • A grizzly sow and her cub in Teton National Park.- Signal Mountain Trail
  • A grizzly sow in Teton National Park.- Signal Mountain Trail
  • The parking lot closest to the trailhead- Signal Mountain Trail
  • There are small signs marking all critical junctions.- Signal Mountain Trail
  • The road up to the top of Signal Mountain.- Signal Mountain Trail
  • There are many ponds along the way with lily pads.- Signal Mountain Trail
  • The split that takes you up the ridge or to the ponds; both end at the same spot.- Signal Mountain Trail
  • Heading up the ridge to start.- Signal Mountain Trail
  • Views of the Tetons begin to pop above the trees.- Signal Mountain Trail
  • A small open valley just before another heavy forest.- Signal Mountain Trail
  • Tall pine trees along the way, just before the switchback leading to the final push.- Signal Mountain Trail
  • Jackson Point Overlook.- Signal Mountain Trail
  • Incredible views of the Tetons from the Signal Mountain Trail.- Signal Mountain Trail
  • A panoramic view of the Tetons from the Signal Mountain Trail.- Signal Mountain Trail
  • Southeast views towards Mount Leidy (10,326 ft) with Lower Slide Lake in the foreground.- Signal Mountain Trail
  • One of several lakes that the route passes.- Signal Mountain Trail
  • The sun setting on the hike back on the "ponds" side of the loop.- Signal Mountain Trail
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Pros: 
Lots of great views and wildlife. Variety of terrain
Cons: 
Parking can be tough in summer
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Region:
Targhee/Teton Area, WY
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
812.00 ft (247.50 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
7.50 mi (12.07 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,876.00 ft (2,095.80 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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With stunning views of Jackson Lake and the Grand Tetons, the hike up Signal Mountain is an easy way to have an awesome experience in the park without getting too far off the beaten path. The trailhead starts at the Signal Mountain Lodge and is very well marked the entire time with small signs that show the different options and distances you have along the way. You have the chance to head up along the ridge or along the ponds, and both are worth checking out and easy to navigate. The trail does not peak at the top of Signal Mountain but at the Jackson Point Overlook. There is a road to the top of Signal Mountain where you can walk down to Jackson Point, but the hike is what makes the views so rewarding.

The wildlife here can be pretty fantastic; in addition to deer and geese, the lucky few may get the chance to see a grizzly bear (or three). The views from the lookout are nearly 360 degrees of alpine beauty, and you can catch sunrise or sunset here in fantastic fashion. The trail is heavy with lodgepole pine, and you'll also see a few aspen here and there with lots of low-lying scrub oak in the meadows, which seems characteristic of the hikes away from the Tetons' granite canyons. There is a good mix of terrain here from dense forest to the lily-covered ponds and the sweeping views.

Make sure to bring your bear spray everywhere in this region.

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