Cycling, Grand Teton National Park, National Parks & Monuments, State Parks, United States, Work Travel Life, Wyoming

Wyoming Explored: Biking Grand Teton National Park

I normally don’t discuss my cycling adventures on this blog, but it has been a long time since I updated! Too much work, too little adventuring! I did escape to Moab for a few days of national park exploring and mountain biking in May, but I am still working on those photos. So until then…

I was in Jackson, WY for one night for work in early June, and I decided this was a good chance to explore the bike pathway system that goes out into Grand Teton National Park. If there’s one thing I won’t do, it is ride a bicycle in Jackson in the summer months – too many tourists not paying attention! Thankfully Jackson has great cycling infrastructure which keeps you off the roads and safer. There are something like 67 miles of paths in Teton County! To learn more about the pathways available, click here.

Grand Teton National Park pathway map

I parked near the visitor’s center leaving Jackson. It was marked 2 hour parking only, so I knew I had to scramble – in the end I took about 2 hours 20 minutes to do my ride, and I didn’t come back to any tickets. It might’ve helped that I started at 5pm, and the parking area was empty. It does appear there’s not a lot of good public parking with longer time limits in Jackson, so maybe riding from accommodations is a better idea if you do not want to push the pace. There are pathways through town luckily. I was just finding the whole area to be too peopley for me, and wanted to get out into the nature as quickly as I could and out of traffic!

Shortly north of Jackson you’ll officially enter the park. The National Elk Refuge also borders the pathway on the east side.
Well ain’t these some pretty views!
Hi there!
Once you leave Moose the views get even crazier of Wyoming’s most famous mountains
Wildflowers were crazy, too!
Made it to Jenny Lake!
Jenny Lake. Crowds were subdued compared to my visit in August thanks to the evening hours. Something to keep in mind!
Evening scenes on the way back
Scenery is a little more boring heading back into Jackson. I’ll say it!

I decided to just mostly “show” my adventure than write words about it! Overall, it was almost exactly 40 miles round trip with 840 of elevation gain (mostly on the way to Jenny Lake). Since I went in the evening, the visitor’s centers at Moose and Jenny Lake were closed which shortened my stopped time (no passport stamps for me), and due to having an American the Beautiful federal lands pass, I didn’t have to stop to buy a daily park pass (yes, even on bicycle you have to pay the entrance fee if you continue past Moose, though it is reduced). I spent time at Jenny Lake in August, so I didn’t hang around too much. I think this could be a fun adventure to take and have lunch at the lake under other circumstances!

Hopefully I will get motivated to edit photos and talk about my adventures in Colorado National Monument, Arches National Park, and Canyonlands National Park soon! Too much work, too little play makes Heidi a dull girl 😦

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