Hermitage Point (Grand Tetons National Park)

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hiking Hermitage point in the Grand Teton national park

Location

How to Get There
This hike is located in Grand Teton National Park, North Western Wyoming.

To get to the trailhead: Drive south on HWY-89 into the park. Travel 11 miles on this road and turn right (west) into the Colter Bay area. Drive nearly one from the turnoff and head towards the boat launch area. The well signed trailhead is at the parking lot for the boat launch.
city
gardiner
state
mt
country
USA
Region
Yellowstone National Park

Hike details

Distance
9.40 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
9.4 miles total for the loop described here.
Time
4.50 [Hours]
Time-details
It took us about 4.5 hours.
Elevation Change
0 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
Pretty flat
Hike Trail Type
Loop
Special Features
Water

Season

Best Season
  • July
  • August
  • September
Worst Season
  • January
  • February
  • December
Season Details
Summer to Fall.
Date Hike completed
June 05, 2002

Solitudue

Solitude
Medium
Solitude Details
Fair. This is a popular area to hike, so expect 30-40 people. The further you get from the trailhead, the fewer the hikers.

Difficulty

Difficulty Rating
Moderate
difficulty detail
35 yr old Recommendation: Lovely and relaxing walk to the edge of Jackson Lake. This is a Moderate hike.

Permits

Be Aware of
Entrance fee to get into Grand Teton National Park, multiple trails so route finding ability will help, mosquitoes

Hike to Hermitage point in Grand Tetons National park

The most endearing part about this hike is the variety of different attractions. This loop features lily pad covered ponds, beaver homes, meadows, forests, and wonderful views of Jackson Lake and the Grand Tetons behind. There are supposed to be Moose in the area too, but we were not fortunate enough to see one.

There are many trails in this area and taking a wrong turn is a possibility. Most of the trail junctions are signed to help you navigate this area. Starting on the dirt road from the trailhead, the path skirts along the edge of Colter Bay. After walking about 0.4 miles, you reach a junction for the Heron Pond and Swan Lake trails. For this loop, we will start on the Heron Pond trail and return on the Swan lake trail. The Heron Pond is the right fork, heading South and a little East. Heron Pond trail passes a nice lily pad covered pond with a beaver nest in the middle. We were lucky enough to see Mr. (or Ms?) beaver out for a morning swim.

After about 1.0 miles along the Heron Pond trail you reach another junction. Stay right at the junction and follow the trail as it continues along the edge of Jackson Lake (although you can't see it for a while). This section of trail features open meadows and eventually a very nice view of the lake with the mountains behind. You will follow this trail for 0.8 miles, then stay right at the trail junction, and walk another 2.2 miles to Hermitage point. More meadows and stunning views await at the point. Continue on the same trail as it curves around to the east side of the pennensula for 2.2 miles. Stay right again at the trail junction and hike another 0.7 miles to the four way trail junction. Turn left here towards Heron Pond and Swan Lake. After 0.5 miles of hiking, you will reach a familiar four way trail junction. Here, take a right towards the Swan Lake trail.

After a brief climb you will be hiking along the edge of Swan Lake, which is a lily covered pond. After about 1 mile of hiking on this trail, you return to the very first trail junction. Keep going straight on the dirt road for another 0.4 miles back to your car. 

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