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Hike to the basin. Totally worth it.

hiking
2 days ago

A fabulous trail that can be adjusted to meet your needs and time.

We hiked the full circle today with side trips to Inspiration Point and Hidden Falls. Hidden Falls is a GEM of a waterfall and very easy to get to. You can hike from the south Jenny Ranger Station, or from the north from the String Lake parking or even right a boat to the base of the falls and just hike up the gorge 1/4 mile. Take your pick.

Ok, here is my list.
1. The circle is 7.7 miles but the side routes adds another 1.2 miles
2. Western side of the lake trail has a moderate climb up to the falls. Otherwise the trail is very easy and well maintained
3. The Western side has two trails coming from the Ranger Station. The lower trail is closed for restoration.
4. Get to the parking lot early otherwise you will be doing a hike before you start your hike
5. The Eastern side of the lake trail is virtually flat and dirt with an occasional rock or root. Very easy
6. The only treacherous part of the trail is a rock slide area on the west side before you arrive at the falls. The rocks are loose and sharp.
7. We had deer on the trail with us for over a mile and only left the trail when we arrived at the String Lake creek
8. The burn area on the west side is sun exposed but offers a lot of diversity in plants which are giving good color right now
9. The trail is crowded from the southern parking lot to the falls on the west side
10. Runners use the eastern side

And Hidden Falls is flowing very very very well. It is worth every step of the trip

Great hike good mix of trees, streams, and Meadows. Saw a bobcat and bull moose right off trail and a mountain goat up higher. We continued around Two Medicine Lake for a total of 8.2 miles. Counting a 20 minute lunch break at Rockwell Falls this hike took us 4.5 hours.

on Emerald Lake Trail

hiking
3 days ago

Really great trail! Parking lot is small so we had to park on side of the road but wasn’t too far. I took my 7 and 4 year old kids with me. We didn’t do the uphill part, but we did the trail that takes you all around the lake. It was 7.5 km and took us 2 hrs with stops for the kids to play by the lake, which you could do at 3 or 4 spots where the trail levels out to the lake. Easy walk, no major steep sections. Muddy in some parts, for sure. Lots of great views. Many people come to get a glimpse of the lake but few do the trail, making it relatively quiet along the way. Highly recommended.

The beauty is amazing and I did see a big black bear about 50 yards away.

I’m not sure why they would call this moderate difficulty as it has no vertical movement at all.

The views are a must. Highly recommended.

Great exercise, and the view at the lake is breathtaking! Lake is freezing, but there are plenty of deer and other wildlife to be seen on the way. Running shoes worked during the summer-
Busy trail with a lot of families, but still recommend

Great hike. Set some time aside to enjoy all the cut outs and views of the river. Saw deer and a Bear way in the distance. Great work out.

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful views and easy walking.

The views along this trail are amazing. We packed in our fly rods to fish along Leigh lake and I pulled out a huge brown trout. Easy hike, we did about 2.5 miles up and turned back.

Some of the area wasn’t heavily trafficked when we went so make sure you have bear spray and sing a song out there when you hike. Some of it is quite densely wooded and while we didn’t encounter a bear we were on alert most of the hike.

The lake is gorgeous. Take time to sit and enjoy the views.

hiking
6 days ago

The view at the lake when you first arrive is spectacular, perhaps the best in the park. Hike around the lake is easy. Total trip from parking lot is 7.5 miles. Moderate for distance, easy otherwise.

Truly a capstone event if visiting the park. The last waterfall is an incredible walk-up 60 foot fall. On the trail, we also saw 2 moose.

We took the Southwest route. I’m an advanced hiker but my fiancé is not so I wanted an easy trail. This route was definitely more moderate and challenging for him. We did get to view a bull moose eating at the moose pond which was a neat experience. Thankfully we were able to bring the boat back rather than hike the rest of the loop. Beautiful trail, great weather. Highly recommend it.

hiking
9 days ago

Cute little hike. I'd rather do this than the whole Jenny lake.

hiking
9 days ago

Nice view from the mountain, but honestly considering the distance, it's not worth it (almost 8 miles). There are nicer hikes

hiking
9 days ago

Easy hike with gorgeous views and lots of little beaches to eat lunch or have a snack. Started the hike on a Monday morning at 10am and didn’t have much traffic going out but ran into a ton of people on the way back. It was great to get us warmed up for the week of hiking ahead.

Pretty good hike.Never carried bear spray and did around 8miles and then got a boat ride. Awesome views of the tetons.

hiking
9 days ago

Very nice walk with wonderful views from the SE corner of the lake.

hiking
10 days ago

Very nice hike

hiking
10 days ago

Nice hike to get you acclimated to the elevation. We went east around the lake when we got there. Much better views going this way. However, you then have to finish with the falls, which can be more challenging for your legs at the end of the 8 mile hike.

Very nice walk with beautiful scenery. Include Hidden Falls

Great hike along the lake !

Good views of the Bubbles and Sargent. A lot of walking on planks/boardwalks.

hiking
11 days ago

short and sweet! arrived just in time to catch the sun rise which was cool but the light blocked the view of the dividing range to the left. would be a great spot for sunset. please put your rubbish in the bins!

We went later in the day, so there were not too many crowds. Easy hike, with a gradual climb.

Nice views of the Bubbles and Sargent. Although, you are left with essentially the same view for the duration of the hike. There are some raised platform sections.

Very pretty trail! Did this with my sixth month old, and it was a nice enjoyable trail.great for kids and family. The views of Jenny lake are gorgeous!

13 days ago

We did this trail in the end of June - and it was awesome! As soon as you get to the elevation gain there aren’t many people around :)
Once it goes up, it’s quite steep and after seeing the emerald glacier just keep going and going - way further than the route here displays and you will get rewarded with spectacular views. When we were there, there was still snow up from avalanches. Highly recommended!!

Beautiful. Busy but it wasn’t so busy for us as we came in early September

I loved this hike for the scenery! Not difficult at all.

hiking
15 days ago

Pretty hike through the Tetons

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