Friday, July 21st, Day 1. Arriving in Jackson Hole Friday afternoon we immediately beelined it to The Hub Bicycles. Why the emergency trip to the bike shop? Well, just prior to leaving Colorado Thursday evening, we discovered that the front tire on my mountain bike was flat as a pancake. The boy’s at the shop made a quick diagnosis of Goat’s – head thorns implanted throughout my entire tire.
With the new tube and tire mounted, we were off to check into the Flat Creek Inn, aptly located directly across from the National Elk Refuge and the Grand Teton Multi-use Pathway. Quickly we unpacked the Tahoe, got Aspen settled in, and soon we were pedaling towards Moose Junction. The Grand Teton Multi-use Pathway winds it way from downtown Jackson to Jenny Lake about 20 miles and is framed by the jagged peaks of the Tetons to the West. The pathway runs parallel to the National Elk Refuge and begins with a steady climb before plateauing as you enter Grand Teton National Park.
At the Moose Junction intersection, one could meander North to Antelope Flats or head West to Jenny Lake. And at Moose Junction there are a multitude of activities awaiting to be unearthed, including the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center where one can immerse themselves into Grand Teton National Park’s history. Doubling back, we sneaked over to Dornan’s to rehydrate before heading back to Jackson. We biked 23.7 miles. The elevation gain was 490 feet and a great way to start our vacation.