Start on the snow covered road trail, groomed for both classic and skate skiing. Walkers and snowshoers have their own lane of the west-side of the track, and are requested to be courteous not to walk in or disturb the groomed ski tracks. Dogs are allowed on leash.
Grooming: 2 classic ski tracks, a skate ski lane, and a snowshoe/walker lane
-Tuesday mornings - from Taggart to Jenny Lake
-Friday mornings - from Taggart to Signal Mountain
(Note: the trail is 14.4 miles one way/28.8 miles out-and-back. We skied the one way trail from Signal Mtn to Taggart, by arranging a shuttle. We have also swapped cars with friends. The elevation profile shown here is from Signal to Taggart - slightly downhill in this direction).
The trail follows the Inner Park road, past the Climbers Ranch road and Lupine Meadows summer trail head road on the left. The views are breathtaking from this trail - equally dramatic on a clear sunny day as on a stormy cloudy day. The trail is nearly flat, rising very gradually all the way to the Jenny Lake turnoff at 4.5 miles.
Most skiers set Jenny Lake as their goal ( approx 4.5 miles one-way), and turn back at this point.
Note that Jenny Lake is frozen in mid-winter and may be skied upon, however be sure to get current information from the GTNP Park Ranger at the Park entrance before venturing out onto the ice.
For an extended ski outing, the trail continues up the Inner Park Road past Jenny Lake along side the snow and sagebrush covered bench above the Snake River. The road makes a wide turn to the north-east as it approaches the south end of Jackson Lake, not visible from the road. It is a full 13 miles one way to Signal Mountain Lodge, when the paved road once again emerges. One can turn around at any point to return to the start at Taggart lake Trail head, or arrange for a pick-up at Signal Mountain Lodge. Note that the amenities at Signal Mountain Lodge are closed in winter.
One can also ski up the Signal Mountain Road to the summit of Signal Mountain, an untracked or skier tracked route with a climb of approximately 850 ft.
The view of the highest peaks of the Tetons unfold on this world class ski tour - from Nez Perce, Cloudveil, South Teton, Middle Teton , culminating at the highest summit, the Grand Teton (13,770 ft), and on northward with Mt Owen, Mt Tewinot, Mt St John, Mt Moran and more summits in the north Tetons.