3 Great Hikes in Downtown Jackson Hole
A perfect Jackson Hole vacation is a wonderful spot for winter as well as summer. For the adventurous and active travellers hiking is a big deal in Jackson Hole and no doubt the town has some of the best hiking trails in the Wyoming. With abundant wildlife and spectacular views on each and every trail it is hard to choose which ones to try.
Snow King is approximately .8 miles from the Town Square and offers a lift down the mountain for those who do not wish to hike back down the mountain. The hike up Snow King would take up to 30 to 60 minutes as the trail is just a little under 2 miles. Snow King is 1,500 high and once at the top features breath-taking views of the town of Jackson, the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort sand the Teton Range. Snow King’s main hiking trail is most often referred to as the social hub of Jackson Hole. The trail commences on Snow King Avenue at the parking lot. Another trail start can be from the Cache Creek area and the Snow King trail is also hit by Hagen trails.
The Alaska Basin is in the Jedediah Smith Wilderness and lies south of Hurricane Pass, death of canyon shelf and west Buck Mountain. Since it is located in the Jedediah Smith Wilderness there is no need for camping permits. Up Death Canyon and over the Static Peak Divide is the shortest way into Alaska Basin. The basin starts on the western side of Buck Mountain Pass. The Alaska Basin has a 4.7 mile loop from the Buck Mountain Pass saddle, however the loop is optional as hikers can take the hike down to approximately 9,700 feet in elevation. The Alaska Basin has many options which the hike can be started from and that is why it is one of the most recognised trails in Jackson Hole. For an adventure full of beautiful sights and challenging terrain this is a hike to remember.
A visit to Jackson Hole is not complete until you hike the Sleeping Indian trail. With wildlife abundant and marvellous views of the Teton, the Sleeping Indian trail is one of the best ski activities in Jackson Hole. Sleeping Indian is approximately 11,239 feet high and a hike up this trail through Flat Creek Road is approximately seven miles one way. This trail is one of the most difficult to find, but is one of the most popular trails in Jackson Hole as it offers some of the views of Teton. There are dozens of colourful wildflower on the trail and is a sight definitely not to be missed when they are in season. ON the eastern side of the Sleeping Indian, the drop is steep and substantial.
Whether it be the Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole luxury hotels, Grand Teton National Park or the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, hikes are endless in Jackson Hole. The choice of which hike to travel all depends on the difficulty level of the hiker as each trail differ in many ways.