Take on the Tetons

Two-Ocean Lake Road
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Mountain bikers at cabin near Grand Teton National Park
Rest your weary wheels

For a shorter ride that the whole family can enjoy, take the five-mile one-way (ten miles total) ride out to Two-Ocean Lake from the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway (Highway 191), just north of the junction with Highways 26 and 287.

This ride is relatively short in mileage, but—like every ride in Jackson Hole—long on scenic wonder. It starts off on pavement (some roads in the area have very little shoulder) but turns onto the unpaved dirt road leading first to Emma Matilda Lake, and then to Two-Ocean Lake.

This is a good place to pack a picnic and park the bikes once you reach the lake. You will no doubt see—and hear—all sorts of birds and animals as you sit munching away on your PB&J. My favorite sighting is the red-winged blackbird as it flies over the water's surface snatching up insects.

But, of course, biking is what's best about this route. You won't be challenged too much, which will give you lots of time to think about the incredible forces that put all this beauty in one place.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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