Grand Teton Kid Hikes

We like to let you know which hikes you should take your kids on when you visit a national park. We’ve rounded up hikes in all your favorites (just search the park on our homepage). One of our favorite places to hike is Grand Teton National Park. If you haven’t visited this park south of Yellowstone, make a plan to do so immediately. Here’s a hiking guide to help plan your trip. These are our favorite Grand Teton Kid Hikes.

We enjoy spending time in Grand Teton National Park.

Moose Ponds

By far our favorite hike in the Tetons is Moose Ponds. We’ve seen moose, beaver, and bears when we’ve hiked this short trail. It starts at the Jenny Lake Visitor Center and you can hike to the ponds and back, or take a loop around. Either way, it runs about 2.5 miles. If you do one hike in the park, make it this one!

We have seen a moose by these ponds most of the times we have hiked here.

Hidden Falls

We like to ride the ferry across Jenny Lake and then walk the 1.0 mile RT trail to Hidden Falls. The boat ride is fun, and the trail beautiful. The waterfall is always big and worth the uphill climb. If you want to skip the boat ride, the trail around Jenny Lake is flat to the Hidden Falls trail, but it makes the trail 5.0 miles RT.

Hidden Falls is a really nice waterfall.

Lake Creek-Woodland Trail

The views of Phelps Lake are worth the hike.

The Lake Creek-Woodland Trail begins at the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve. The trickiest park is finding a parking spot. You will need to arrive early in the morning or later in the evening. The hike is very family-friendly and ends at Phelps Lake with beautiful views and spots to skip rocks or even get in the water. This was a new favorite in 2021 when we added it to the list.

Schwabacher Road Nature Walk

This hike is so easy, and the views are so beautiful, it is a must-do in Grand Teton National Park. Located at the end of Schwabacher Road, this small nature walk follows along the river and some small ponds where you can see wildlife and admire the majestic mountains. Only 2/3 mile round trip, and completely flat, so that anyone can enjoy this hike.

This hike is peaceful and beautiful.

Leigh Lake

The Leigh Lake hike is a wonderful hike. It follows along the edge of String Lake where you can enjoy views of the mountains and the lake. The trail is flat and simple, and it’s 1.0 mile to a view of Leigh Lake. This is where we turned around. You can continue along the edge of Leigh Lake as long as you want, but then you must turn around and come back the way you came.

These are the views of String Lake along the way to Leigh Lake.

Lakeshore Trail

Behind the Visitor’s Center at Colter Bay, there is a lovely trail that follows the lakeshore. The trail is a figure 8 that takes you out onto a small jetty into Jackson Lake. There are lots of place to throw rocks, and a rocky beach to dip your feet in the cool water. Flat and easy, and only 2.0 miles round trip, this is a great family friendly hike.

The water was freezing, but we enjoyed dipping our feet.

Heron Pond & Swan Lake Loop

The loop trail out to Heron Pond & Swan Lake is a little longer hike, but it has two wonderful spots for wildlife viewing and beautiful scenery. We enjoyed this trail because you travel through different types of terrain. The trail begins along the lake, travels through forests, and ends at small lilypad covered ponds. The loop to these two ponds is 3.0 miles round trip.

Swan Lake is a perfect spot to see some wildlife.

Polecat Creek Loop Trail

This hike is located at the very top of Grand Teton National Park at Flagg Ranch. Part of this trail was burned in the 2016 fire, so we recommend a walk out to the hot springs and back. We enjoyed the walk through the forest, and the meadow along the way. Polecat Creek Loop is used by horses, so be prepared for dusty trails and droppings.

This is a beautiful section of Polecat Creek Loop Trail.

We will continue to add to this list as we find more Grand Teton Kid Hikes. Please leave a comment if you know of a great hike in the Tetons that is family friendly. For more information about visiting Grand Teton as a family, check out our Grand Teton Family Guide.



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  1. Sarah

    Thank for you such a detailed explanation of the trails! It’s hard to find shorter trials online, and I am excited to use your guide for our trip to yellowstone and grand Teton next week!

    1. Natalie Ockey

      Have such a great time in Yellowstone and the Tetons. They are our favorite National Parks!