Monday, October 8, 2012

Biking Teton National Park's Multi-Use Trail

Grand Teton National Park is one of the few that offers a bike trail, and this one is only a few years old and involved much controversy before it could be built.  The paved path runs 8 miles alongside the Teton Park Road from South Jenny Lake to the Moose Visitor Center, and then continues another 12 miles alongside Highway 191 to the Jackson, Wyoming Visitor Center and the town of Jackson.

Here is the trail map (click to enrage):

You are treated to views like these below for the entire ride...

The photo below is from the bridge over the Snake River near the junction of Teton Park Road and Highway 191 where an underpass takes you below 191 and then south to Jackson.

Near the southern end of the national park segment of trail you'll see a road to the east going a short distance to the Chapel of the Transfiguration.  It makes a nice stopping point to rest and enjoy the quaint structure with its marvelous view of the mountains from inside the chapel.

If you wish to lengthen your ride, you can begin at highway 191 and go left at the junction towards the Jackson Lake Dam on the Teton Park Road which has a bike lane as seen here...

...and then turn left onto the lovely and scenic one-way road past Jenny Lake Lodge to the South Jenny Lake Trailhead for the Teton Multi-Use Path...

Trail parking is available at Jenny Lake South, at any of the turnouts on the Teton Park Road, at Taggert Lake, at the Chapel of the Transfiguration, at the Moose Visitor Center, or even at Dornan's Store at the intersection of 191 and Teton Park Road.

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