Cache Creek Road - Out & Back
1 mile east of Jackson Town Square, the trailhead is located at the Cache Creek Forest Service parking area. Follow Broadway east and turn right on Redmond Street. Follow Redmond Street and take a left turn at Cache Creek Drive, and continue to the end trailhead parking area.
Cache Creek is a local favorite, with easy access from the town of Jackson, regular grooming for skate and classic skiers, and access to skier-tracked trails beyond the groomed track. Snowmobiles are permitted on Cache Creek Trail, as are fat bikes, snowshoes, and walkers. Please remember to be courteous to all, share the trail, and avoid walking or disturbing the groomed trail. The trail rises progressively, with the occasional flat section, with an elevation gain/loss of 850’.
Parking: Parking area available at the trailhead.
Skiing Experience: A local favorite with regular grooming for skate and classic skiers. Access to skier-tracked trails beyond the groomed track. Varied terrain with an elevation gain/loss of 850’.
Directions: The trailhead begins right next to the parking area. Head east on Cache Creek Trail and continue on the fire service road for your desired distance before turning back towards the trailhead. The trail rises progressively, with the occasional flat section, with an elevation gain/loss of 850’.
Trail Options: Return back down the Cache Creek trail. An alternative return route is to cut left (south) onto the Hagen trail, which runs parallel to Cache Creek along the side flank of Snow King Mountain. Another alternate route is to follow the Putt-Putt Trail on the shoulder to the right (north). For a longer loop and untracked/skier-tracked adventure, begin by skiing out Cache Creek, then follow the summer hiking trail south over the divide into Game Creek. The Game Creek turnoff is at mile 3.8. Ski south, climb up and over the divide on a skier tracked (may be un-tracked after recent snow) and rejoin the Game Creek trail – which may be untracked in Upper Game Creek. Be sure to plan a pick-up or leave a car at the Game Creek Trailhead (see Game Creek trail map).
Winter Grooming: Teton Co/Jackson Parks & Rec groom this trail for skate and classic skiing, beginning Dec 16th. Check out their Grooming Report for the latest updates. The trail is groomed to approximately 2.5 miles out to Gin Pole Draw on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, generally in the morning. It begins as a forest service access road and remains wide enough for 2 tracks out to the end of the groomed trail. Upper Cache Creek (beyond Gin Pole Draw) will be groomed on Mondays, subject to low to moderate avalanche conditions. This upper section is a winter wonderland; the trail narrows and follows Cache Creek nearly to the Wilderness boundary. Check the grooming reports for updates.
Dog Owners: Cache Creek is a very popular area for people with dogs. If you do bring a dog, make sure you bring a leash to aid with control around wildlife, clean up waste, and keep your dog within sight at all times. The USFS asks that you keep your dog on a leash in the parking area, as well as the first mile of the trail (busiest). Trail etiquette is important, due to the popularity of this trail. Keep dogs on a leash in the parking area and the first mile of the trail (busiest).
Fat Bikers: Snowmobiles, fat bikes, snowshoes, and walkers are permitted on Cache Creek Trail.