Bradley Lake Trail is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Jackson, WY that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until September.
Directions from Moose: Travel north on the Teton Park Road to the Taggart Lake Trailhead.
Lovely hike with great views of the two lakes, the Tetons beyond, and back into the valley. Note that the southern part of the Bradley Lake lopped is currently closed. I hiked this on a sunny day and went counter-clockwise, so hit Bradley Lake first, continued around it, climbed up a ridge (I didn't find it long or especially hard climb) then down to Bradley Lake and back the northern leg to trail juncture and parking lot. Although it is a popular trail, the only congestion is really at the lake sides. If you have time to wander a bit around the lakes you shoul find a quiet spot for a break.
For the one day I had at Grand Teton, and hiking on my own with DH as my taxi service, this was seemed like the top choice for a good workout with great views. Most other trails are either easy, or the strenuous ones take more hours than I had.
Wife and I combined the Taggart Lake Trail and Bradley Lake Trail for an enjoyable 5.9-mile loop hike that provided lots of variety. We were thrilled to be IN a national park on the centennial of the National Park Service.
After entering the forest beyond the Taggart Lake Trailhead, the trail works its way up above Taggart Lake for several nice views of the lake. At the trail junction for the Taggart Lake Loop, head right toward Bradley Lake. The next junction is right at the first views of Bradley Lake; much better views (with the Tetons towering above this pretty alpine lake) are available not more than 100 yards beyond this junction.
Back at that second junction, stay right and head down toward the shores of Taggart Lake. After enjoying the views of Taggart Lake and the mountains beyond, head on across the footbridge and get ready for a rather steep climb. (This route appears to get far less traffic than the direct return to the trailhead.) After a long descent that would be most unpleasant if hiked in the opposite direction, the trail curls around the hillside and works itself back to meet the main trail just before the trailhead. This last segment isn’t particularly scenic, but it beats retracing your steps on an out-and-back hike.
Definitely recommend doing this loop hike counterclockwise, as one segment in particular would be a pretty brutal climb.
Be sure to carry (and drink) lots of water, and take along some trail snacks (or lunch) for a rest break at Bradley Lake. Although some segments of this trail are shaded, many aren’t, so sunscreen and a hat are advisable. With lakes as the two primary destinations, bug spray is also a good idea. And as always, carry bear spray and know how to use it!
Nice trail that takes you past Raggedy LKe before heading up to Bradley. Fairly easy. Saw 2 cinnamon colored black bears as we approached the shore of Bradley Lake. One actually went for a swim!
Loved it! Amazing views of the Tetons! We got to see a moose and a porcupine!
Highly recommend this trail! Such a beautiful view of the Tetons and the lake is spectacular!
Did this one on the return trip from Taggart Lake. The trail didn't get too close to Bradley, and overall I think Taggart was the better hike, but it only adds a mile or so to do the loop instead of an out and back so it's worth it.
I snowshoed this trail with my dad and found it to be quite challenging because of the amount of freshly fallen, undisturbed snow. A bit less scenic than the adjoining Taggart Lake Trail, Beaver Creek is still a trail worth navigating if you have some time to spend in the area.
I hiked this trail (via the Taggart Lake Trail) in mid-August and found it to be a very enjoyable experience! I would advise carrying bear spray; I came across a mother black bear with her cub near the lake.
Unlike the Taggart Lake Trail, the Bradley Lake Trail requires you to navigate a bit more elevation, making it a moderate hike. (Which also means lighter crowds.) If you're feeling up to the 2400 ft trail climb, you can hike from Bradley up to Amphitheater Lake.