Expect and Prepare
Grizzly bear and bison abound, stay vigilant.
Wilderness hiking at its finest, be prepared for overgrown trails.
High altitude hiking in the Tetons makes the likelihood of extreme storms and snow possible.
The Grand Tetons
Hiking through the Teton Wilderness, the trail enters the Grand Teton range. Staying inside protected areas, the WWT hikes the John D. Rockefeller Parkway. This links Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park and provides excellent fishing in the Snake River.
The trail crosses into the Jedediah Smith Wilderness area and follows the western edge of the Tetons. This side of the range is the least visited and offers solitude and beauty on a scale befitting of the American West.
The wilderness features karst formations and caves. Walk through grizzly bear territory and explore a part of the country that few ever venture into. The WWT eventually finds its way into Teton National Park and hikes the Teton Crest Trail.
This epic path has is perhaps the best high altitude hiking trail in the country. Alpine lakes and views of the majestic mountain range makes this section almost a religious experience. The southern terminus of the WWT is the southern trailhead of the Teton Crest Trail and it offers a climactic end.
The Grand Tetons History
Originally named by French fur trappers, “Les Trois Tetons,” or three breasts, aptly described the iconic peaks. For 11,000 years before European settlers, this region offered hunting for indigenous peoples.
The ample wildlife made rich hunting grounds and gave the area a spiritual importance to the native people.
Congress originally declared the Grand Tetons as a national park in 1929. Over the years, more protected lands were added to the overall conservation area. Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared federal lands in Jackson hole as a national monument. John D Rockefeller donated land connecting the Tetons to Yellowstone.
Now, the area is one of the top tourist destinations in the country. Beautiful ranches, majestic views, and miles of untamed wilderness make it one of the most beautiful regions in the world.