Snow King celebrated its 75 anniversary as a ski hill in the 2013/2014
season, and while it is a lovely little ski hill, Jacksonites also really love
the mountain come summer. Trails
for hiking, biking, and running criss-cross it. There are running and mountain
biking races on it. There are horse trails and an alpine slide, too. As touristy as it is, the alpine slide is quite
fun. Summer 2015, construction begins on a huge zip-line experience. You’ll be
able to travel all over the mountain in the air.
No trip to Jackson is complete without at least one hike up
Snow King. It should take between 30 and 60 minutes. It’s just under 2 miles
and just over 1,500 vertical feet. From the top, enjoy panoramic views of the
town of Jackson and also of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and the entirety
of the Teton Range. The best views of the Tetons aren’t in the Tetons. You have to be elsewhere in the valley—say, Snow
King—to get range views. Hike up to the top with a picnic dinner in your pack
and grab the picnic table just east of the top of the ski lift. This table sits
in the middle of a big wooden deck with views stretching north for close to 100
miles on a clear day.
The main hiking trail up Snow King, the one that is the
social hub of Jackson all summer long, starts at the parking lot on Snow King
Avenue, just east of that street’s intersection with Cache Avenue. The ski lift
all the way to the mountain’s top leaves from the same spot. (If you don’t have
a hike up Snow King in you, you can take the lift both ways.)
The Snow King chairlift is open daily from 9 until 6. Adults
are $17 r/t . Seniors and kids between 5-13 are $12. Just want to ride down,
You can also access the Cache Creek area
from Snow King. Sink or Swim cuts across the middle of Snow King and heads east
to Cache Creek. The Hagen trails also hits Snow King. You can walk up the front
side of Snow King, wrap around the backside and then descend to Cache Creek (or
loop back to Snow King) on Ferrins.
There’s also a free boulder park with set routes for all ability levels
at the base of Snow King.