Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
Warming hut
No
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Much of Grand Teton National Park is closed in winter, so finding easy access points for snowshoeing can be a little difficult, and you might need to get creative. The small parking lot on the south side of the Lake Jackson Dam allows you an easy place to access an un-groomed snowshoe route along the north side of the Snake River. You simply need to descend the stairs, which will likely be covered in several feet of snow. The handrails will probably still be sticking out, and they provide a sense of where the staircase is located and assist the relatively easy descent.

Once you are down the stairs you'll have an open stretch of stunning white snow along the Snake River as the mist rises off of the water's surface. This is a great walk for viewing winter wildlife: look for trumpeter swan and moose, among other species. The terrain is flat, so the route is pretty easy apart from the tricky descent down the stairs. There are some tributaries that must be crossed; they might be completely frozen, or they can be prone to breaking. Use your poles to test the strength of these crossings or bring a pair of waders so that you are not stopped by the conditions. Even though the bears will be hibernating, it is not a bad idea to bring some bear spray in case you encounter an aggressive moose or a rare appearance by wolves.

Within a mile or so you will be running out of hikeable terrain, so turn around when you feel comfortable. There is no trail, and people rarely snowshoe here, so hopefully the wildlife won't be spooked off by the crowds. It's a great place to snowshoe, and there is no avalanche danger anywhere along the hike.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Pros

Amazing views and wildlife. Easy access.

Cons

Short.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed

Trailhead Elevation

6,794.00 ft (2,070.81 m)

Net Elevation Gain

-50.00 ft (-15.24 m)

Features

Big vistas

Typically multi-day

No

Groomed trail

No

Location

Field Guide

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