Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes Trail

HARD 29 reviews
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Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes Trail is a 9.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Moose, WY that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until September.

9.2 miles 2986 feet Out & Back

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

rocky

snow

no dogs

Wyoming Business Council Tourism Office, Frank Norris Jr. Travel Center, I-25 & College Drive , Cheyenne, WY, 82002-0660, Phone: 307-777-7777, Fax: 307-777-6472

15 days ago

In terms of accessibility in March, April, May, and much of June this trail is almost always covered with fiarly deep snow. September can be fabulous but we can also have decent snows by then. I have had wonderful almost entirely dry/no snow trails in November. The inner Park road is closed until May 1 and after November 1 so be sure you add on that mileage if going in those months. This is a wonderful hike and worth the "crowds." If you stay at the Grand Teton Climbers Ranch this is a great hike right out your door and the route up Burned Wagon Gulch will only add a mile and a half or so to the hike. Most places I would give this a 5 star rating but with other close by hikes like Hangling Canyon/Lake of the Crags, Avalanche Canyon's Lake Taminah, etc., I go with 4 here.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful! Hard hike. We did see a bear right along the trail on the way out, but it wasn't interested in us. We rock scrambled down to Delta Lake, which is my new favorite place. There is kind of a trail that spurs off the Amphitheater trail, but it's not well maintained. It would be much easier to get to it that way though than the way we went. There's not an official hike to it on AllTrails since they don't maintain it anymore (wish I knew why!)

hiking
1 month ago

Amphitheater was one of the most amazing alpine lakes I hiked to. Gorgeous destination! On the way down we encountered a black bear mom with 2 cute cubs. Made my day!! I will come back to Tetons!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike which lets you overlook the entire valley as you go into the Grand Teton range. I went early September before the weather got too cold. The two lakes are not the most phenomenal lakes but it is pleasant to have lunch and relax once you're there. If you want to continue your hike and bag a peak, there is a trail that is not on the maps that lead you up to Disappointment Peak. It can be a class 3 or 4 scramble up but well worth it. Once you summit, you will be surrounded by the three Tetons.

hiking
2 months ago

The payoff is great! This is a long and very difficult hike for people who are not accustomed or ready for it.

2 months ago

Love it! This is a great hike, it's a nice steep switch back trail. Every time we have gone up to the lakes we have seen animal life. A MUST DO!

2 months ago

One of the most amazing hikes I've ever done. Grand Teton has so much beauty to offer. The hike is hard and exposed for some long switchbacks. Luckily the temp was high 60's so wasn't a problem. Highly recommend this hike! We saw two bears and just a few people! Start early to catch the bears and lose the crowds.

3 months ago

Not as hard as it sounds. You should do it.

3 months ago

Not as difficult as the post sounds. I didn't see any bears but most people on the trail say they did. Approx. 5 hours up and down, the lakes at the top are beautiful and a great place for lunch. after depending 2 miles I found the split trail head to Granet Canyon to make it a 14 mile round trip. Great hike in the park.

hiking
4 months ago

These lakes were the most amazing view I have ever seen. 10/10 recommend. The marmots would follow us around also. There is an awesome waterfall as well! It's the perfect lake for a mid hike swim.

4 months ago

4 months ago

Awesome. It is a relentless up up. Worth it to make it to Amphitheater Lake

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hiking
1 year ago

Hike on our last day of hiking in the park. It is a must do. Fantastic views and the lake at the top is a perfect reward for all the switchbacks. Great hike

1 year ago

1 year ago

It's a must hike

1 year ago

I really like this distance for a 1/2 day hike. Soft dirt footing really makes my feet happy and you can jog the downs. The entire trail is up to the lakes. I saw a black bear. Answer to a prayer.

1 year ago

It was the highlight of my Tetons trip. My first time to the park, we camped 4 days at Jenny lake and did day hikes. On this hike, we saw a bear about a mile into this trip who was completely concerned with his berries that he was eating. The lakes were beautiful and even the rain couldn't put a damper on the mood. It's a 10 mile round trip hike and it's completely up hill the entire way but totally worth it. I will do this hike again and look forward to it

hiking
2 years ago

Great hike, and must do while in the Tetons! Had some great overlooks, and Amphitheater Lake was a perfect reward for the hike up. It's a great place to sit and have lunch, although beware the chipmunks. They're relentless with trying to steal your food! Lots of wildlife along the trail too. We saw deer, chipmunks, many birds, and a black bear that was woofing down some shrubbery. You WILL love this hike, and you WILL regret not doing it if you leave the Tetons without seeing Amphitheater Lake.