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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.