Taggart trailhead to Historic Bar BC Ranch

Grand Teton National Park

4.8mi

Access via: Drive north on WY Hwy 89 from Jackson to Moose. Take the Inner Grand Teton National Park road 3 miles north past the GTNP Entrance (bring your pass – NPS fee applicable) to the Taggart Lake Trailhead parking. Note: the road is plowed up to this point.

Fee: $0.00 - donations appreciated


From the Taggart trailhead parking area, head north along the groomed Inner Teton Park Road trail for approx 1/2 mile. Cross the Cottonwood Creek Bridge, then look for a low gate on your right (east side) at approx 200 yards past the bridge. Climb over the bank fo snow and head directly east , toward the Snake River, following the summer dirt road (buried under the snow).

This trail is not groomed, however, in mid-winter, may have a skier-track for classic XC skis. Later in late spring, when the crust is firm and smooth, it is a local's favorite crust cruising wide open trail - perfect for both skate skiing and classic cross-country.

Ski east across the wide open late terrain, toward the Gros Ventres mountains and Snake river for approx 1 mile, until you reach the top of the river "bench". Remember to turn around to take in extraordinary views of the center of the Teton Range.

Once you reach the edge of the bench, ski left (north) until you find the top of a gully, which drops down (approx 100 ft) to a mid level bench. Continue further to the next gully, near a stand of cottonwood trees, then ski down a further 80 ft to the level of the distant Snake River and the historic, rustic Bar BC Ranch. The ranch was a famous dude ranch back in the early 1900s, and many cabins are still standing (though some in in serious disrepair). Please respect the historic nature of these cabins and ranch.

Return back along the same trail.