Game Creek Trail


 

Difficulty:  Intermediate        Trail Use:   Heavy

Length:     6.08 miles from Trailhead to jct with Cache Cr Trail #4045, ~3 miles to jct with West Game Cr. Trail #4026

Elevation:    6155 ft at Trailhead, 7445 ft at Cache/Game saddle, 7140 ft at jct with Cache Cr Trail

Open to:  Hikers, Equestrian, Mountain Bikes

Trail Highlights:

  • This trail begins by following an old road along the creek.  It is mostly open with nice views of the open slopes above.  The trail goes through a mixture of willows and sections of pine forest as it follows the old road up the drainage.  Keep an eye out for the wide variety of songbirds in this area during the summer months.
  • The trail eventually turns into singletrack as it gently rolls along up the drainage.  The trail grade is fairly mellow through this lower section, and the trail basically follows the creek.  There are several beaver dams in these areas so keep your eyes out for beavers in the early morning and at dusk.
  • The trail begins to climb after the junction with the West Game Cr Trail.  It climbs up through a mixture of sagebrush and small aspen and pine forest patches until eventually reaching the saddle with the Cache Cr drainage.  The wildflowers are stunning in this area during the summer.
  • From here, the trail descends through thick pine forest down to the Cache Cr Trail.

Options:

  • This trail is part of the popular Cache/Game loop.  You can go up Cache Cr Trail and come out Game Cr, which requires either a shuttle or you can ride back to Jackson on the pathway.  Or you can go up Game Cr and come out Cache.  The climb up the Game Cr side is usually considered to be easier, especially with the new reroute completed in 2011. 
  • Connect to West Game Cr Trail.  The West Game Cr Trail will take you up to the 5 way meadow where you can connect to Wilson Canyon, Ferrins, Leeks, or to the top of Snow King.

Important Information

  • This trail is multi-use.  Please be respectful to other users.  Follow the yielding guidelines.  Please stay of the trail if it is wet, especially in the early season and fall time.  It only takes one person to cause significant trail damage.
  • This trail is on the USGS quad map for Cache Cr.
  • Always check the posted information at the kiosks for maps, updated material on forest regulations and closures.
  • For a map of the Greater Snow King Trails System click here.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Call Tim Farris, Trail Supervisor @ 307-739-5414 for current trail conditions.
Restrictions: For information on winter regulations that affect this trail click here.
Information Center: Cache and Game Creek Trails Map 2016

General Information

Directions:

 

From Jackson, head south on US 189/191 past Rafter J and past the Teton County Landfill.  You’ll see a small cluster of cabins on the right, take your next immediate left where you’ll see a bunch of mailboxes.  You want the road heading up the canyon, not the road paralleling the highway.  If you cross a bridge over the Snake River you went too far.  Take this road up a ways until the road turns sharply to the right heading up the hill.  There is a small parking lot on your left.  Park here, the trail begins at the kiosk.


Activities

Mountain Biking

Day Hiking

Horse Riding

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing