A while back, I read a book called The Cool Impossible by Eric Orton. I picked up some great running and training tips, was inspired to re-read Born to Run, and enjoyed the personal tone and feel of the writing. But the biggest takeaway from this book, was a desire to visit Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Every time I tried to tell my wife or anybody else about Jackson, I received blank stares. Wyoming is probably the least visited state in the country. Nobody seems to know anything about it at all. After reading The Cool Impossible, I knew exactly what I would find there: a wonderland of hiking and running trails, horseback riding, pleasant people and tons of wildlife. My wife and I were already planning a trip to Colorado to meet up with her sister. I talked her into adding Jackson Hole to the itinerary.
We actually stayed in Teton Village, just to the south of Grand Teton National Park. From our AirBnB, it was a quick drive to the entrance of the park, followed by another short drive through the park to Jenny Lake. After stopping to watch a herd of elk cross the road for a few minutes, we made it safely to our destination.
There’s really very little that I can say about this run. Low elevation gain, easy single and double track all the way around. The lake itself is spectacular. The mountains surrounding it are awesome. The waterfalls around it are a great bonus. I can’t explain it to you. You need to see it for yourself. Everybody should. But go early and try to go on a weekday if possible. This can be a crowded trail later in the day and on weekends. We were fortunate to be some of the first people on the trail and didn’t run into much traffic. See our course GPS below and feel free to download it for your own Wyoming adventure.
And check out the video below to see some beautiful shots from the run.