Taggart Lake Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Moose, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and horses and is best used from May until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Directions from Moose: Travel north on the Teton Park Road to the Taggart Lake Trailhead.
Connected the Taggart Lake Trail with the Bradley Lake trail for around 6 miles. Hiked it in July around sunset, was not crowded at all! Beautiful, up close views of the Tetons. Would be an excellent trail for snowshoeing in the Winter - wish I could try that!
Did this trail combined with the Bradley Lake Trail for a total 6-mile loop. Started the hike in the rain. Reached Bradley Lake first. Saw a beautiful rainbow above the lake. Cannot get any better than that. The rating of the Taggart Lake Trail should be moderate though, not hard.
Crowded but worth it for the views and varied terrain
One of my favorite trails. You can take it easy or add some challenge by going higher.
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!
Not too strenuous. Stop at the lake for some great photos and serenity.
A GTNP favorite. More of a moderate trail than hard as rated in this app.
Not as hard as they make it sound. Very fun. I was 9 when I first did this, I kept up with my family well. You should do this to.