Rarely a month goes by without a writer from a major publication penning a gushing piece about their recent, often first, trip to Jackson Hole. This piece that ran in the Wall Street Journal this month was particularly descriptive of many of the region’s charms, with a great lead that really made us smile!
By Benjamin Percy – WSJ
PLACES LIKE JACKSON HOLE, Wyo., are the reason people play Powerball: the jagged snarl of the Teton mountains, the silver coil of the Snake River. The elk bugling from hillsides, the rainbow trout flashing through streams. The cowboy culture. And at the heart of it all, the town of Jackson, with its splintery boardwalks and elkhorn sculptures, hilltop spas and gourmet cuisine.
Head to Grand Teton National Park where you’ll drop $12 on a pass good for seven days and then continue another seven miles to Jenny Lake. Marvel at the view, a collision of tectonic plates that has created a craggy up thrust of granite and gneiss that will remind you of an immense jawline.
At Jenny Lake, throw down $10 for the round-trip shuttle that motors you across the water to the Cascade Canyon trailhead. The first few miles of the trail are full of kids and flip-flop-wearing tourists, but once you push past Hidden Falls and inspiration Point, which offers a stunning view of Jackson Hole valley, you follow a quiet path between the shoulders of the mountains, past landslides, glacier-fed rivers, huckleberry thickets and piney forests.
If a 15-mile trek isn’t your style, head back to the park entrance and spend an hour exploring the impressive visitor center, or drive to the nearby Jackson Hole Mountain Village and ride the tram 4,139 vertical feet to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain.
Pause often to snap photos and peer through your binoculars for wildlife. You might well round a bend and come upon a big bull moose wading through a stream, his antlers basket big enough to carry a man. Take a long pull from your water bottle, then turn and go your own way. As you pound along the trail that winds upward, you may find yourself easily winded. For once you can blame it on altitude. That’s why you’ve loaded your backpack full of water and chocolate bars to keep you going, all the way to Lake Solitude and back.