While Wyoming hasn't joined Colorado in legalizing marijuana, Jackson offers plenty of ways to “get high," literally (and legally). As in, by putting some air under your feet, which, considering Jackson's geography at 6,237 feet above sea level, can come in a variety of ways.
In winter, skiers and boarders get high at terrain parks and by jumping cliffs in the backcountry. But when warmer weather rolls around, outdoor lovers can still find plenty of ways to enjoy some thin mountain air and a bird's eye view. Check out these summer activities and get ready to jump, fly, and climb to new heights in Jackson Hole in summer.
As the summer season gets into full swing, more options for hiking open up as the high country snow melts. Head up Taylor Mountain or hike up Death Canyon in Grand Teton National Park for a day hike. Or, consider a multi-day backpacking adventure such as the Teton Crest Trail , also located in Grand Teton National Park.
2. Climbing Peaks
Jackson Hole is surrounded by mountain ranges fit for exploring. Climbing the Grand Teton or other iconic peaks in the Cathedral Group (including Mount Owen, Teewinot Mountain, Middle Teton, South Teton, Nez Perce, and others) are common “bucket list” items. Hire a guide or grab experienced friends and set out to ascend some of the most recognizable peaks on Earth.
The grass is green in the valley, but that doesn't mean you still can't find lines to ride up in the mountains. And this spring's been a snowy one, so you might even get some fresh powder. Ski mountaineers still head up into the Tetons and nearby ranges well into the summer. Jackson Peak is a popular early summer ski mountaineering spot for experienced skiers. Of course, any travel in avalanche terrain can be dangerous, so be sure to have the appropriate skills, knowledge, and equipment before setting out. Also, check the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center for information. While they don't post summer avalanche forecasts, the site still provides valuable insight.
4. JHMR Aerial Adventure Course
Don't let a fear of heights stop you from checking out Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's Aerial Adventure Course . This network of zip lines, cargo nets, and balance beams is 25 feet up in the air and adventurers can explore it while safely harnessed in. A 60-foot drop tower is another add-on option. It's open this summer from June 13 – September 7, as well as weekends in September.
5. JHMR Tram
Rising 4,139 feet in 15 minutes, the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram is one of the fastest ways to achieve some serious elevation in the valley. And it's open for summer business starting on Memorial Day weekend and running through October 4. The ride up is only half the fun: Once up top, backcountry skiers often find some early summer lines to ride. (Only the backcountry is available to skiers, though, since the resort is closed for the season.)
Another option is to head out for a hike from the top of the Tram. Various routes access Grand Teton National Park (including the popular trip out to Marion Lake), ridge hikes, and other trails down to the base of the resort. Be prepared for changing weather conditions, including frequent summer lightning, and be sure to bring bear spray.
6. Mountain Biking
The Teton Freedom Riders is just one local group committed to cultivating a world-class mountain biking scene in the Jackson Hole area. Avid downhill biking enthusiasts can find plenty of ways to get some air around here. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's Bike Park is open this summer from June 13–September 7 and weekends throughout September. Teton Pass, located on Highway 22 between Jackson and Victor, Idaho, offers a wealth of challenging mountain biking trails, including the Jimmy's Mom Trail .
For some truly unforgettable, high-flying memories, why not leap off a mountain and go paragliding in Jackson Hole this summer? Jackson Hole Paragliding offers daily paragliding flights at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort; opt for a tandem flight for your first venture. Skilled paragliders with their own gear can paraglide off a number of local mountains, including Snow King, when the wind is just right.