Our Trail of the Week feature is made possible through a partnership with Trail Run Project.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in the Tetons of Wyoming, is best known for its legendary ski terrain over a big 4,000 feet of vertical relief. The resort operates on Rendezvous Mountain and until just recently, a summer run to the top meant a grind up steep service roads. New for this year, you can ascend entirely on singletrack, soaking in the ridiculous scenery while enjoying primo trail running terrain.
Even better, you can take the famed Jackson Hole Aerial Tram back down when it’s operating.
The route described here is also the course used for the Rendezvous Mountain Hillclimb, which started in 1988 and will take place again this year on Aug. 1.
Start up the gravel summer access road to the top of the Union Pass chairlift (roughly .6 miles), before heading north on the Wildflower Trail. This takes you to the top of the Bridger Gondola
Now, look for the Cirque Trail on the south side of the Bridger Restaurants. You’ll take Cirque to the top of the mountain, cruising up the Headwall & eventually south around the legendary Corbet’s Couloir. Be prepared for some scrambling / exposure on the East Ridge just before things mellow out on the final stretch to the summit.
Enjoy the panoramic views highlighted by Cody Peak to the south & Grand Teton National Park to the north. Be sure to grab a waffle at Corbet’s Cabin!
Bonus: Stay in luxury at the resort & experience these trails with ‘Born to Run’ coach, Eric Orton. He’s putting on a Mountain Running Academy with Born to Run author, Chris McDougall as a special guest.
Miles: 6.1 (one way)
Runnable: 67 percent
Singletrack: 95 percent
Average Grade: 13 percent
Max Grade: 35 percent
Total Ascent: 4,083 feet
Total Descent: -40 feet
Highest Elevation: 10,388 feet
For a closer look, check out the interactive map, data, photos and virtual run simulator courtesy of Trail Run Project: