Phelps Lake Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews
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Phelps Lake Trail is a 7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Jackson, WY that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and backpacking and is accessible from May until September.

7.0 miles 988 feet Loop

backpacking

camping

hiking

walking

lake

river

views

wild flowers

Directions from Moose: Go left at the Moose Wilson Road and travel southwest on road to Death Canyon Trailhead.

2 months ago

Nice warm up trail with great vistas

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

Started on this trail then canoed through it. Absolutely beautiful!!

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. Beautiful lake. The trail head is at the Rockefeller Preserve but what the books, maps and website don't tell you is they only allow 50 cars at a time which means there is a line especially now in the summer. This morning it was1 hour and 1/2 wait. We didn't want to do it and went farther up the road for another hike.
When we came back it was a 30 minute wait. While it was worth it ... It would be nice if they would give you the heads up. Also there are no trash cans so you can't throw trash away. I was reprimanded for trying ... Again didn't know.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice loop around Phelps Lake. Trail starts at Laurence Rockefeller Preserve and mostly follows a nice stream up to the lake. Death canyon provides a beautiful backdrop to this gem of a lake. Saw several mule deer along the way, and then a family of otters playing in the lake! Go early for a quiet hike, because the summer crowds begin piling in around 10am.

hiking
4 months ago

Great day hike!

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail, lots of wildlife, saw deer, fox, and several verities of wood chuck? Also just gorgeous!

hiking
5 months ago

Wonderful views of death canyon and the surrounding peaks reflected in the lake. Not very busy at all.

hiking
5 months ago

Absolutely beautiful trail. We started this hike at the Death Canyon Trailhead. Saw two black bears on this hike. The view of the lake is gorgeous from the overlook.

hiking
1 year ago

This was an awesome hike in an absolutely gorgeous area. We just happened to get there right before a Ranger led hike started and since they intentionally keep the groups small we decided to go on that. It was very informative and the Ranger showed photos of what it once looked like when it was a Dude Ranch back in the day.

The restrooms that are located near the main building are amazing. I mean seriously, I am writing about restrooms! They are worth checking out even if you don't have to use the bathroom.

hiking
1 year ago

One of my all time favorite hikes. I started from the Death Canyon Trailhead and wouldn't recommend doing it any other way. That trail takes you to the Phelps Overlook which gives you the best view of the lake. The rock jump is way fun for most ages. The lake is beautiful and a must see and GTNP.

This was a great, easy hike with a nice view at the end! I would allot about 2 hours or so to this hike.

1 year ago

Nice hike, scenic, bumpy road driving in toward the trail head. Clean portable potty right at trail head. Hike all the way to the Rock and jump off into Phelps Lake! Cold but refreshing! Loved it !

1 year ago

Wonderful short hike to a large mountain lake. Overlook offers great views. Once to lake we headed left down the shore and found a great rock for jumping 25 feet down into the beautiful and cold water. Great memory.

hiking
1 year ago

Very nice

hiking
2 years ago

This was our favorite trail in the Tetons - mostly because it was quiet and peaceful ... and we saw a Black Bear! I brought along my fishing pole and cast a few - just missed landing a nice sized Lake Trout (trying to help kill them to help out the native Cutthroat Trout). We made a day of it by bringing lunch along ... just a beautiful scenic view of the southern Tetons. If you want some time away from the masses - this is the trail for you.

2 years ago

Decent trail, nothing to amazing. Highlight was seeing the damage done to trees by a recent avalanche, nature is pretty powerful! Fairly flat most of the way, a lot of the trail is through the woods not too many grand, sweeping views.

2 years ago

Great views, cool swimming/cliff jump spot.

2 years ago

Very nice, well-maintained trail from the Rockefeller Preserve to Phelps Lake. Pretty view at the Lake. Restrooms there too. Great visitor center at trailhead.

walking
2 years ago

Don't miss the Phelps Lake Rock on the north side across from Huckleberry Point