Jenny Lake Update: Renewed Destinations

As the fourth construction season at Jenny Lake winds down, improved trails, a new bridge, and significant progress on the interpretive plaza at South Jenny Lake are tangible results from a busy summer of work. From revegetation efforts along new pathways that lead to overlooks, to backcountry trails and bridges on the west side of the lake, the full realization of Inspiring Journeys is nearly complete.

Next summer, a major crossing of Cascade Creek will be a new hiking destination for visitors to enjoy. Located at a dramatic overlook, the Chasm Bridge will be a wonderful place for people with limited mobility to easily access from the west boat dock. A short, nearly flat trail provides access to the bridge that overlooks the creek as it cascades down a steep rocky gap. The view from Chasm Bridge will soon join the reconstructed Hidden Falls viewing area as one of the must-see destinations at Jenny Lake.

We appreciate everyone’s patience during this time of renewal and look forward to sharing the final product once it is finished next summer. Below are a few behind-the-scenes images from work completed this fall. Thanks to Grand Teton National Park’s trail crew for their incredible accomplishments this season!

A helicopter delivers topsoil to frontcountry areas at Jenny Lake.

A volunteer crew spreads topsoil in disturbed areas to help restore native plants and grasses.

One of three steel I-Beams that will form the primary structure of the new Chasm Bridge spanning Cascade Creek. The bridge will be completed summer 2018 and will replace the old timber bridge pictured upstream.

A Kaman K-Max heavy lift helicopter placing one of three 60-foot steel I-beams that will be used as part of the Chasm Bridge downstream from Hidden Falls. This bridge replaces the timber bridge that was prone to failure and was relocated to take advantage of a spectacular view of Cascade Creek.

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