July 18, 2010 – One of our favorite hikes starts with a boat ride across Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park.
We got a start in the morning, as did a number of others. Our boat, below, is returning empty to pick up more hikers. Later in the day, the boats will be full both ways and, in the late afternoon, will be packed with returning passengers while empty in the opposite direction.
Hidden Falls is one of the most popular destinations in the park. When we visited back in the 70s and 80s, there were lots of places all around and right up to the falls where people could sit, rest, and have picnics. Unfortunately, all of the “lovin’” of nature, was causing the area to erode unnaturally. So the park service undertook measures to restrict access to specific areas.
Today, access to the area of the falls and along the trails is restricted and has returned to a much more natural setting.
Beyond the falls is the trail to Inspiration Point. Part of it is a bit unnerving to those nervous with heights.
A ways beyond Inspiration Point, the trail opens up into Cascade Canyon. We went about a mile past Inspiration Point.