Adventure Journal: Nordic Ski to the Lucas-Fabian Homestead

Foundation-funded grooming of Teton Park Road is in full-swing and offers visitors a unique winter experience in one of America’s most iconic national parks. With 14 miles of Nordic track to enjoy, the region between Taggart Lake Trailhead and Signal Mountain is a destination in and of itself. Winter travelers can go by foot, snowshoe, or ski to enjoy the splendor of winter in the Tetons. The Lucas-Fabian Cabins are one of the many destinations accessed from the groomed road during winter. The homestead is approximately 2.5 miles from the Taggart Lake Trailhead with less than 100 feet of elevation gain.

The mellow out-and-back trip to the Lucas-Fabian homestead is along the groomed road and is approximately 5 miles round-trip.

Originally constructed by Geraldine Lucas and later acquired by Harold Fabian of the Snake River Land Company, the homestead is one of Grand Teton’s cherished historic and cultural resources. Geraldine Lucas became the second woman to climb the Grand Teton in 1924, and remained on the property year round until her death in 1938. In isolation, she braved harsh winters and deep snowpacks, often using a team of Alaskan malamutes and a sled for transportation. Her sled is on display today in the transportation barn near Menor’s Ferry in Moose, Wyoming.

To reach the cabins, head north along the Teton Park Road from the Taggart Lake Trailhead. Continue for roughly 2 miles until you reach the Teton Glacier Turnout. Just north of this turnout, approximately 1/8 mile, is a small unmarked gate on the west side of the groomed road. Proceed around this gate and towards Cottonwood Creek where you will find a foot bridge leading you to the Lucas-Fabian Homestead.

Teton Park Road is scheduled to be groomed on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays for the rest of the winter season, weather depending. Follow us on Facebook for grooming updates. Want to support this community effort? Join us today.

The Lucas-Fabian Homestead provides excellent photography opportunities during all seasons.

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