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5 hours ago

Great hike!!! The views of the valley and mountains are awesome. And it’s hard to describe how incredible the lake is. You have to see it to understand. We also saw a moose as we got closer to the lake!! We went with the family today, which includes our youngest, who’s 8 years old. He did well on the hike up and was super excited as he played in the lake. He got a little tired on the way back, but that might be because it’s not as exciting hiking back to the car. :)

Watch out for the chipmunks and ground squirrels at the lake. They’re used to hikers grabbing a bite there and aren’t afraid to steal some food.

Also, we got to the motor inn around 9:15am and the motor inn lot filled up right after we got there. I’m guessing people started to park on the road by around 9:30 because there wasn’t any space left in the lot.

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6 hours ago

Though this hole is not what I personally would call challenging I feel your average how would. I hiked this July 16 2018 and here were still a lot of snow sheets covering a large majority of the upper part of the trail. The trail was closed beyond hidden lake overlook due to frequent bear sitings beyond this point so I technically couldn’t finish it. Despite this inconvenience the overlook is amazing to take in the majesty of hidden lake and I also saw 9 mountain goats 4 of which came within an arms reach of me.

Beautiful trail! Definitely worth it.

This was one of the most magical hikes I’ve ever done! Park in Lupine Meadows then follow the trail for Amphitheater and Surprise Lakes. Follow this up steady switchbacks blanketed in multicolored wildflowers. It’s a steady ascent and as you take breaks along the way you get amazing views of Bradley and Taggart Lakes with Jackson Hole and meadows in the distance. Stay right/straight after 3 miles when you get to the junction of Garnet Canyon and Surprise/Amphitheater Lakes. The unmaintained trail will begin in the elbow after the first switchback past the Garnet Canyon junction. Here’s where the real fun starts. You will see a small dirt path, sometimes with fallen trees in the way but follow this until you get to the first boulder field. Stay to the left as you approach the first boulder field and look for cairns to mark the trail. The trail evens out a bit before you meet the second, more difficult, boulder field. Take it slow and steady, being sure of your footing and looking for cairns to help show you the way. Be prepared for some scrambling and bring lots of water. Finally, when you almost feel like giving up, you’ll reach the elusive Delta Lake with the majestic Grand Teton at its base. Enjoy a dip in the frigid glacial lake after a long hike and refuel before making the trek down. The way down was harder for me as it’s easy to slide in the loose dirt or to lose the trail through the field. Again, slow and steady and you’ll do fine. We went to the visitors center to ask the rangers for advice and they couldn’t give us any. We’re grateful for AllTrails, hikers blogs, and talking to locals to help us find this hidden gem! It’s definitely not easy but I promise it’s worth it!

One of those ideal hikes that’s about the journey and the destination. Fantastic vista views, forest trails, waterfalls, and an unreal lake at the end. Steep incline at the very beginning but don’t be fooled - trail levels off after that for a very gradual incline the whole way. Get there very early to avoid crowds, bugs, and heat (half the trail is pretty exposed). Not nearly as crowded as Avalanche or Hidden Lake but still quite a few people, seems like late morning is busiest time.

Great hike. Very thankful for the AllTrails app. We lost the trail for a short time on our return trip. Would highly recommend downloading the map so you can know your local as it relates to where the trail is. The last portion up the lake is tough but well worth it when you see the view at the lake.

Heavily trafficked walk in the park! Steep incline the first quarter mile, then leveled off to fairly even ground for the rest. Don’t be afraid to jump in once you get there!

on Iceberg Lake Trail

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23 hours ago

Breathtaking views the entire way but just spectacular at the lake destination. Watch out for grizzly bears and mosquitoes however

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23 hours ago

Absolutely gorgeous lake at the hike “summit”, and wonderfully cool and beautiful trail through cedar forest going up to the lake. It’s a little steep at times but otherwise moderate

Beautiful trail! Well maintained and medium foot traffic. The lake was a great payoff and the ice cold water was refreshing on a warm day!

For what this hike is it’s absolutely five stars. It’s not challenging at all and is great for the entire family and quite flat. The views are extraordinary at the end. Get there before 8 to beat the insanely large crowds that gather for this hike.

One of the more gorgeous hikes this country has to offer and a fun one at that. KEEP THIS IN MIND I did this in mid July and a large majority of the trail was still covered in massive snow sheets making hiking difficult and not for he faint of heart. You are rewarded however with the magnificent Grinnell Glacier which needs no words.

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1 day ago

Like all trails in this amazing park it’s nothing short of insanely beautiful. Literally icebergs floating in a caldera looking lake at the end of a trail. Gorgeous wildflowers line your hike the entire way.

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1 day ago

Fun trail. My family and I hiked Phelps Lake and went up to the overlook. Took around 4. 5 hours. I would rate the hike around the lake as easy, and the hike up to the overlook as moderate.

We just went on Friday July 13. Still snow on parts of the trail, a steep incline about halfway to the overlook that was snow covered. We weren’t able to go down to the lake because of bears.

It was amazing.

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1 day ago

Awesome hike. Huckleberries were one of the main highlights.

Great hike suitable for all ages! Take your bear spray and your camera

We did this hike on Tues 7/10. We were completely surprised by and unprepared for so much of the trail being covered with snow but we hiked it anyways and were certainly glad we did. We did this trail with 4 of our children ranging in age from 1-8. The older two were able to complete the hike easily on their own with exception of one very small part of the trail (about 15 yards) where we were on a dirt hill between 2 snowy spots. I’d imagine this part will get easier and easier as the snow melts. The view at the overlook was so beautiful it was certainly worth it and we saw a few mountain goats. I highly recommend this trail

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2 days ago

Incredible

A FANTASTIC day hike for those who want to see the try beauty of the Tetons. Hiked this on July 12th for my 50th bday with 2 families age ranged from 14-53. Very well maintained with a nice constant grade. Took 3 hours at a leisurely pace up to the lakes and 2 hours down stopping to look for animals. Saw several including marmots , dear and a baby bear on the lower part. Didn’t start until 10 am so shroud have packed a little more water or a filter to take some for the lake. A single hiking pole also would have helped for the down hill.

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2 days ago

Lovely trail. A bit heavy foot traffic but not bad. Take bear spray!! Not good for small children.

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2 days ago

Incredible views, definitely worth the challenge. The hike is miss-rated on all trails and should be rated hard. Bring lots of water and solid hiking shoes. Like the reviews say below me, the trail is not well marked, but manageable. Stay to the left of both bolder fields on the way up. The lake is unbelievable though and I'd highly recommend the trail.

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2 days ago

Beautiful hike!! Be prepared for weather changes. Sleeted and rained on us the whole way back off and on. Beautiful scenery! Snowed on peaks across from us. Lots of picture opportunities!!

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2 days ago

This was a really fun trail to do, however when you get down to the lake there seemed to be an avalanche that made it hard for me to find the trail. I turned back because I felt uncomfortable being down there on my own, but it would have been doable. the trail down is very slippery and snowy. I saw people in running sneakers making their way down, but I'd really urge against that. the way up is pretty steep, but the views were so rewarding that it made the crazy weather and terrain all worth it. This trail will probably be cleared up closer to late July, but it's still doable.

Easy hike. Beautiful payoff!

Best destination hike I’ve ever done. So pretty. Go early- beat the crowds AND the bugs. We were on the trail by 830. Saw a few people. On the way back after 1240-yikes, Dear God, it was crowded. And hot! There’s a lot of exposed trail on the latter end with no shade so I’m imagining those hiking had to be miserable. At least the icy lake at the end could cool them off. Baby waterfalls and one big waterfall about 1/2way frequent the path. Fortunate enough to see a female mouse grazing the hillside. Views for days. And then the lake-There’s no adequate words in the English language to describe Iceberg Lake. Think of a mermaids tail and you might be close in visualizing the glorious color of the water. Don’t miss this hike!

So pretty! We arrived at the park before 8 but by the time we were able to load a shuttle, it was after nine- keep that in mind! We shuttled from apgar- we didn’t want to take the chance on parking once we got up there.
Like others before me have said- go early to beat the crowds- somewhat! My advice to crowd haters like myself- go the extra mile around to the other side of the lake. You can be more by yourself. It’s a gorgeous hike

On the trail at 7:30 AM with few other hikers. Busier on the way back but not crowded. Beautiful easy hike. Gorgeous clear lake. Boardwalk section is accessible for all abilities and quite lovely.

Fabulous hike with great views!!

Pretty rough going up at times. Make sure to bring water and snacks. The lake and backdrop of mountains and waterfalls were breathtaking and so worth the hike up. It took about 2 hours up and 1.5 hours back. So worth the journey.

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