The are several lakes in Grand Teton National Park. Jenny Lake is one of the smaller ones, and the water is amazingly, beautifully clear. We visited this lake a couple of times – one afternoon we hiked to where String Lake pours into Jenny Lake, and had lunch sitting on the rocks overlooking the water. There is a hiking trail that goes around the lake, and Deas did that hike by himself. He didn’t realize until he was halfway around that the trail was still closed because of deep snow that remained. He make it through but reported that the snow was up to his knees!
The largest lake is Jackson Lake, and with the Tetons as a backdrop it’s pretty spectacular.
As usual in the national parks, the dogs aren’t allowed on the trails, which does hamper us a bit. But we did manage to get in one nice hike in the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve. The trail runs 3 miles round-trip along a creek and takes you to Phelps Lake. You can also hike several miles around the lake itself, but with the dogs waiting for us in the car we didn’t have the time to do it.
The general rule for dogs in the park is that they can go anywhere that cars can go, so we did most of our walking with them on the smaller gravel roads off of the main road. As you can see in the picture below, it was usually quite beautiful. The gravel roads aren’t too heavily used so it actually worked out really well for us, and gave us some unexpected surprises for wildlife viewing. More on that in the next post!