Grand View Point in Grand Teton National Park offers wonderful, high views of the Tetons, Jackson Lake, and Two Ocean Lake. The trail is short and steep. Cool mornings give more comfortable hiking and better lighting, while afternoon hiking is hotter, but illuminates Two Ocean Lake wonderfully.
On a hot afternoon, we drove the dirt road to the trailhead for Grand View Point. The trail immediately began climbing rather steeply and doesn’t really let off until the top. The shade was welcomed as we worked our way up. At the junction of the Emma Matilda Lake Trail (the trail you’d take to do the whole big loop around Two Ocean Lake and Emma Matilda Lake), we took a left to continue climbing.
We quickly climbed up onto the first knob and got a brief glimpse of Two Ocean Lake looking east. Further on, we passed some cool domes which looked volcanic in nature before getting to the sweet vantage of Jackson Lake and the Teton Range behind it. Grand Teton and Mt. Moran dominated the back drop. Due to the fires in the area and the backlighting of the afternoon sun, the scene was slightly diminished (and not optimal for photographs), but still impressive. This would be a great spot for photos earlier in the morning (and cooler hiking).
We continued on the path, gaining a little more elevation to the high point of the trail. The trail levels off and sits right below the high point of the mountain. The views looking west of Two Ocean Lake, Emma Matilda Lake, and their surrounding meadows and wooded hills were great.
From there, we turned around and headed back on down to the car.
The hike to Grand View Point in Grand Teton National Park is a great short trip with a unique view. It is often paired with the hike around Two Ocean Lake, and is part of the larger loop around both lakes.