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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Practice Sustainability in Jackson Hole


3. What to Do

Get a birds-eye view on the aerial tram.   

Sightsee on two wheels to reduce your carbon footprint along the new (as of last month) Grand Teton Multi-Use Pathway, a mostly flat eight-mile strip that runs from Moose to Jenny Lakes. Rent a bike from Adventure Sports ($10/hour, $32/day) at the start of the path and spend the afternoon rubbernecking red-tailed hawks, ground squirrels, yellow-bellied marmots, or even a rare white raven.

Hike along the well-maintained trails of the Laurance S. Rockefeller (LSR) Preserve, a choice slice of the Grand Teton National Park rededicated for public use last year. Get maps and info at the LEED-certified visitor center at the entrance to the park. Beginners can try a 90-minute round-trip walk to Phelps Lake and then eat a picnic lunch.

The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s Aerial Tramway ($18) is like a twelve-minute, stomach-churning, real-time Imax movie. Bring a coat (no matter how warm it is on the ground) and marvel at the mountain huts, craggy cliffs, thrilling drops, and still-icy caps of the Tetons. Stop for a made-to-order waffle at Corbet’s Cabin, located at the summit dock of Rendezvous Mountain (altitude 10,450 feet).

Published on Jun 18, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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