Starting Monday, May 12, a temporary area closure will be in effect for several south Jenny Lake locations within Grand Teton National Park. Park officials said the temporary public closures are necessary to ensure public safety during construction activities involving helicopter-assisted transport of heavy material to trail locations on the west side of Jenny Lake.
The public closures will last from May 12 through May 19, and possibly longer, according to a statement released by the park’s public affairs office.
For safety during the staging of several loads of construction materials, the following locations will be closed to all public access: the western portion of south Jenny Lake parking lot; the multi-use pathway from Lupine Meadows to south Jenny Lake parking area; the access trail to the east boat dock on Jenny Lake; access roads and trails to backcountry locations including the Lupine Meadows trailhead, Moose Ponds, Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point, and Cascade Canyon. Signs will be posted throughout the closure area, and Grand Teton staff will be positioned to provide suggestions for alternate routes/detours for anyone visiting this area of the park.
Areas not affected by this temporary public closure include: the Teton Park Road; Jenny Lake scenic loop road; eastern portion of the Jenny Lake parking area near the Jenny Lake Store; and String Lake parking lots and trailheads.
Closures will be short-term, and park managers said they appreciate the public’s cooperation in observing all posted closure notices in the south Jenny Lake area.
This transport of material via helicopter is part of the Jenny Lake Renewal project. Work on the backcountry trail system from the westshore of Jenny Lake to Hidden Falls will be underway this summer. Detour routes will be well marked for visitors wishing to reach Hidden Falls, Inspiration Point or Cascade Canyon during the hiking season.