Leigh Lake Trail is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Moose, WY that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.
The Leigh Lake Trail follows the east side of Leigh Lake through a beautiful wooded area. The lake is nestled into a narrow corridor between the road and Mount Woodring and Mount Moran. The trail ends at Bearpaw/Trapper Lakes to the north.
The views here are like a movie. Greatest campsite I ever had was right on the bank of this lake. Water was Chrystal clear. Lake was completely still when we were there. Reflections of the mountains were so clear you couldn't distinguish between mountains and mountain reflection. Great backpacking trip for a beginner. Very family friendly.
We did this trail at the strong recommendation of someone from the Colter Bay activities desk, as it appears that they're trying to steer people away from Jenny Lake, with all of the construction and the recent fire (e.g., Hidden Falls was off limits, and they said that only 20% of the parking was available around Jenny Lake). So, we gave it a go and it was ok, I guess. It was shaded for the most part, the foliage was nice and there are lake views, but it didn't have the majestic sense or the rigor that we found in other hikes in either the Tetons or Gallatin. A very easy hike, with views of the lake and mountains, and there's something to be said for that, anyway.
Phenomenal trail. We've been to GTNP 3 times and only hiked this trail the last visit in late May 2016. Fairly easy hike, unless you add the String Lake Loop to it, then it becomes moderate. We hiked this all the way to Trapper Lake and back and experienced gorgeous, cool, sunny skies, clouds, snow, blizzard, snow, sunny skies, clouds.....in that order. But even in the snow the view across the Leigh Lake was awesome with the mountains in the mist. Best if the lake is glass smooth like it is in the morning.
It was great for the whole family. Fairly easy all the way. Some of the most spectacular views anywhere!
We approached this one from String Lake and followed the trail up Leigh Lake's east side. After seeing one bear walk just a few feet in front of us at the north end of String Lake, we were a bit jumpy. Saw another bear close to the path ahead of us when we were approaching Leigh Lake's north end, and since we hadn't seen another hiker for over ten minutes, we decided it would be a good time to turn around. Great hike and beautiful lake, hikes like this one make me want to spend all summer in the Tetons.
Nice walk to this lake through the busy area of the park near String Lake. Leigh lake itself was absolutely gorgeous & quiet. We even saw a moose & mule deer along the path to the lake. You can see a lot of activity w/ swimmers & paddle boarders on String Lake - but once you get to Leigh lake you'll only see the occasional hiker. Bring your flyrod ... I brought a spinning reel, but no luck. The fish were jumping all around. We're absolutely amazed at the clarity of the water here!!
One of our favorite hikes while in Wyoming and the Grand Tetons. Did in late September. Saw plenty of wild life including marmot. Can't wait to go back to hike more trails.
absolutely beautiful trail and great weather for hiking in . me and some friends went to the Tetons in august 2011 and are dieing to return. beware the bear tho
We hiked this trail on our way to Bear Paw Lake. We were two families with six young kids total. Very doable with children. Once you pass String Lake and come to Leigh Lake, it travels mostly along the Eastern side of the lake. The views of Leigh Lake, with the Teton Range looming just to the West, are fantastic. In Summer, the crowds are moderate.
Great hike for non-hiker to feel part of the scene. Very pleasant, even on a warm day. Trail follows lake under evergreen trees for quite a nice potion. Places to take your boots off and cool your toes. Start in morning to avoid crowds. (Saw 1 person on way out, about 12 on way back.)