Starting Monday, October 17, a temporary area closure will be in effect for several trails and walkways within the South Jenny Lake area of Grand Teton National Park. The temporary public closure is necessary to ensure public safety during construction activities involving helicopter transport of heavy material to the Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point areas on the west side of Jenny Lake. The public closure is scheduled for October 17 through October 21, though it may be postponed or prolonged due to weather conditions or other circumstances.
For safety during the staging and hauling of over 500 loads of rock and construction materials, trails leading from the Jenny Lake east shore boat dock area and the Moose Ponds trailhead to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point will be closed to all public access. Lake access from the public boat launch will not be allowed.
All visitor services in the South Jenny Lake area, including the visitor center, are closed for the season. Signs will be posted throughout this closure area, and park staff will be positioned to provide suggestions for alternate routes for anyone visiting this area of the park.
Areas not affected by this temporary area closure include: the Teton Park Road; Jenny Lake scenic loop road; String Lake trailhead; access to Cascade Canyon via the Horse Trail; access to Jenny Lake east shore trail; and access to the Lupine Meadows trailhead.
This slight and temporary inconvenience will be short-term in nature. Park managers appreciate the public's cooperation in observing all posted closure notices in the South Jenny Lake area.
This rehabilitation and construction work is part of the Jenny Lake Renewal project. The Jenny Lake Renewal is an $18 million public-private partnership effort between the National Park Service and Grand Teton National Park Foundation. This year marks the third of the project's four major construction seasons. Work on the backcountry trail system on the west shore of Jenny Lake and in the front country visitor area on the east shore will continue next summer.