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My ideal easier hike in the area that is easy to get to if you find parking in peak summer/. Trail is busy and can get slow moving but once you arrive to the falls and the mist is spraying your face and the sound is so loud you almost yell to talk,. its all worth the trek.
Great hike. Nice steady elevation gain and great views along the way. My wife was still slated from hiking the day prior and almost had us turn around at the canyon junction. Glad we didn't because the views in the canyon are worth every step you take. Especially in late October with snow capping the mountains. Find the trailhead at Lupine Meadows.
Nice hike around some beaver ponds. If was the perfect hike for a five-year old who made it the entire way. We stopped at lake to throw some rocks and then at the ponds for some stick throwing. The last third of the trail is through some meadows which had a large herd of pronghorn sheep.
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.
On 9/13/16, the Hidden Falls trail beyond the Inspiration Point off the Cascade Canyon trail was closed. The hardest portion of this trail was a half mile before the Inspiration Point on the way up. From the Inspiration Point to the Fork was actually easier.
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!