Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
-18.00 ft (-5.49 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
3.20 mi (5.15 km)
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Heron Pond is a beautiful pond near Jackson Lake along the much longer Hermitage Point Trail. This easy and family-friendly hike is perfect for all ages and skill levels, but make sure to bring your bear spray, just like on any trail in Grand Teton National Park.

You have the chance of seeing all types of wildlife along this easy jaunt including river otter, bears, deer, moose or various birds and raptors. The pond is filled with large lily pads and has great views of the Tetons in the distance. There are bathrooms and many other facilities near the trailhead, and you will most likely see many other hikers on the trail. The trail is flat and well maintained and does not have any major hazards. You can choose from several variations of the route, including one that heads to Swan Lake.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

National or state forest pass

Open Year-round

No

Open from

April 15 to October 15

Pros

Famiy friendly trail. Beautiful scenery. Incredible wildlife potential. Mountain and lake views.

Cons

Short. Can be crowded.

Trailhead Elevation

6,799.00 ft (2,072.34 m)

Highest point

6,799.00 ft (2,072.34 m)

Net Elevation Gain

-18.00 ft (-5.49 m)

Features

Family friendly
Vault toilet
Near lake or river
Wildlife
Big Game Watching
Big vistas
Wildflowers
Bird watching

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

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