The Granite Canyon hike has everything from captivating views of the Teton Range to the most amazing display of wildflowers. The 12.8-mile hike starts from the top of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s Rendezvous Mountain and descends into the Grand Teton National Park. You’ll view diverse scenery of mountains, spruce forests, open meadows, valleys, glaciers, streams, waterfalls, lush vegetation and wildlife!
Hiking the glacier carved Granite Canyon is a breathtaking adventure. You’ll start your hike at Teton Village at the base of Wyoming’s Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Take the aerial tram to the top of Rendezvous Mountain. Check out the panoramic view of the Teton Range, Snake River and the Jackson Hole Valley. From the top of tram, you’ll descend 4,100 feet in elevation to the valley floor in the Grand Teton National Park and end the loop at Teton Village.
Take this hike on a sunny day in mid to late July to view all it’s splendor! August and early September are also good times. I went in late July and the wildflowers were amazing.
You’ll want to start early in the day and take the first tram ride up. It’s best to ensure you are finished before dusk.
Start in Teton Village and head up the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort aerial tram.
- From the top of the tram, head left along the ridgeline and then along the service road
- Take a right at the Grand Teton National Park boundary and head down the switchbacks of the back of Rendezvous Mountain.
- Take a right at Middle Fork Cut-Off junction about 3.9 miles into hike.
- Take a right at the junction with Granite Canyon Trail about 5.6 miles into hike.
- Take a right at Valley Trail junction 10.3 miles into hike and then return to Teton Village. When you are getting close to the village, you’ll pass a maintenance yard, head to the service road, and then down the mountain.
Most guidebooks rate this hike as moderate. You’ll descend down a dirt trail with a few rocky patches near the top. The terrain is easy to hike, yet due to the length of the hike, it earns a moderate rating and is best for fit and prepared hikers.
I walked at a very strong pace finishing in 5.5 hours. I would plan for 6-8 hours so you can enjoy scenery, a picnic lunch and be prepared for incremental weather and wildlife encounters.
Be Prepared! Be Bear Aware!
Wear a bell to notify bears its dinnertime & remember bear spray because bears prefer you properly seasoned! (Thanks to a friend for sharing this line with me!)
Seriously, be smart and take all precautions. Bears are in this area and you need to be prepared and knowledgeable. Please be very respectful and in the know about the natural environment you are a guest of. Click here to be familiar with bear safety and awareness tips.
What to Wear and Bring
- Bug Repellent
- Bear Spray
- Layers – I suggest light breathable long pants and shirt to protect from sun and bugs. Also, a rain jacket/warmer jacket for changing temps.
- Comfortable, worn-in trail walking shoes.
- 30 oz or more of water
- Snack – must be wrapped, not smell yummy to bears!
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More Suggestions for an Amazing Hiking Adventure
- Check weather first – you are in the high, wild west mountains and a lightening storm, summer hail storm or even drastic temperature changes can be dangerous.
- Bring money to pay the fee for riding the tram.
- Backpacking with overnight camping and connecting to other trails are good options if you plan in advance. You’ll need a permit for overnight camping from the Grand Teton National Park.
I highly suggest partaking in this stunning adventure hike. Take time to appreciate the spectacular views and beauty! Share your adventures or ask questions. Thanks!
Here’s more adventures in Grand Teton National Park.
- Marion Lake: Hike from Top of Tram into Grand Teton National Park
- Granite Canyon: Hike from Top of Tram into Grand Teton National Park
- Hike Phelps Lake: Grand Teton National Park
- Hike Jenny Lake to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point: Grand Teton National Park
- Explore Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park
- Winter Recreation in Grand Teton National Park: Wildlife, Tours and Activities