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Nice views, some uphill stretches but not too hard, lovely views along the way. There is some construction going on at the trailhead, we planned on heading up to Bradley lake first, so turn right and walk up to the construction road to the “do not enter sign” and turn right onto the trail. It’s not apparent from the signs or maps that this is an option. Nice walk along a creek up to the split to the lakes.

Easy to moderate.

hiking
3 days ago

Easy, afternoon ramble through conifer forests to a glacial lake of aqua and blue. Do the trail going counter-clockwise - the elevation gain is much more gradual and you get rewarded instantly with a beautiful cascading creek flanked by golden birch trees. It is very windy on this trail, so bring a jacket - cool in the forest, blazing in the open fields. After leaving the lake, the hike takes you up to the summit of a butte/hill covered in pine trees. Get a glimpse of Taggart Lake from here - it's amazing. Continue on another 0.25 mile and you'll be rewarded with an expansive view of the park looking south. Once downhill, the trail becomes a means to an end (parking lot) - not a lot to see other than a flat plain and some dense pines. Def worth a few hours and great opportunity to take some great pictures. Enjoy!

Amazing trail and the lake tucked up on the last climbed hill felt like a well deserved view. As others mentioned it is all up and down. Make sure you’ll keep your energy for the way back.

hiking
4 days ago

This hike was amazing. It was challenging especially if you’re not an avid hiker or used tot the elevation change.

Beware of the 3 boulder fields making sure you follow the cairns. Be careful and make sure you have more water than you think you will need.

We got a late start at 11am and made it up around 4:30pm with members in our group needing to stop to breathe every five minutes or so closer to the top.
The length of this hike is highly dependent on the fitness level of your weakest member.

hiking
4 days ago

This hike is all about endurance. Once you peel off to the Lake Solitude trail, it definitely becomes more of a mental challenge to push yourself. As other reviewers have posted, the first mile is the hardest in terms of elevation gain. After that, you reach the valley and the views are jaw dropping. A few miles under the blazing sun, broken up by quick jaunts through what looks like an enchanted forest, you reach the Lake Solitude trail on the right. Stop at this spot and have lunch. The views are amazing and the sounds of the river are all around you. Continue pushing on after lunch. The first part of the Lake Solitude trail is in the forest, so you’re in the shade. Then you come out into a valley filled with HUGE boulders. You’re in direct sun from here to the end - about 2 miles. Watch your footing, as the trail here is littered with larger, uneven stones or steps. The last 0.5 mile is the most challenging in terms of pushing yourself. The grade is steep and the path is very rocky. Break often and drink water as much as you can. Turn around often and check out where you’ve come from - you’ll be surprised not only with how much ground you’ve covered, but the amazing views afforded to you. This is definitely a bucket list hike. In terms of timing, allow 8 hours to go at a leisurely pace, take lots of pictures, and allow for break times. We missed the Jenny Lake shuttle on the way back (arrived at 5pm, an hour after they stopped running) and hike to hike ANOTHER 2.7 miles to the car in the parking lot. We knew this was a possibility, but it would have been nice to catch a ride at the end. Either make sure you make the shuttle or mentally prepare for this added mileage. In all, a WONDERFUL hike. Thrilled we did it. I hope this review helps!

Beautiful views the entire trip.

hiking
5 days ago

Loved it was worth it when I got there!

hiking
6 days ago

If you like trails that allow you to be shaded from conifers, well trafficked, but sometimes rocky trails, refreshing streams and falls for a good .5 mile of a ~4 mile hike and vistas that include lakes and mountains, then this hike is for you. We hiked this after driving in from South Dakota and it was a perfect way to stretch our legs. The Fall colors are an added bonus. No wildlife, although the idea of bears kept me on alert!

Moderate hike with pretty lake views waiting halfway. We enjoyed the distance of the six mile loop but there are ways to shorten. We started with Bradley then Taggard and were very happy with that approach. There are some up’s, some down’s, and a good amount of level-ground hiking.

Definitely add the Bradly Lake loop to get the beat views of Taggert Lake! So gorgeous!! Great views of the tetons and the water. We were pressed for time so cut our loop short and still had an amazing hike! Would definitely do again!!

hiking
7 days ago

This is an incredible hike. Challenging, with uphill almost the entire way up, but SO beyond worth it. Finishing the last switchback and moving on to the unmaintained trail was a pretty obvious choice on the path. The unmaintained trail over the boulders was difficult. There is a mini boulder field, a bigger one with the cairns to guide, then the largest one. We messed up on the largest boulder field....followed a group up to the top toward the left side of the mountain. Do not make this mistake!!!! Head across the boulders to the right and you will reconnect with the path to the lake.

We loved this hike. We are not avid hikers, and we definitely could feel the pain, but we still made it to the lake and had an amazing experience. Great views all the way to your destination!

Left the trailhead at 7:15 am, first one at the lake. Difficult, but well worth it. 2.5 hours up

Started this hike at 7:40 from Jenny Lake parking lot and took the (steep) horse trail to meet up with the Cascade Canyon trail near the boat dock. The first mile-ish and last mile-ish of this hike are the hardest in my opinion since they have the most elevation gain. The rest of the hike is pretty smooth sailing other than the length so endurance is a must. We made it to the lake at noon and stayed for about 30 minutes so we could make it back for the boat shuttle. Took a dip in the lake which was amazing. We saw a fox walking along the trail towards us and a moose laying along the water. Made it back to the boat dock at 3:30 even with taking time for lots of photos. 17 miles in total. The views the entire hike are unmatched. 10/10 would do it again!

hiking
8 days ago

Loved this hike and the view is well worth the difficulty. We are from Oregon so while we do lots of long hikes with good amounts of elevation gain this was still challenging. The last mile is the most difficult part. Lots of loose dirt and crossing boulder fields. Most boulder fields are well marked except the last one we came upon and hiked up a good amount in the wrong direction only to see two hikers come down from another area. We knocked down the inaccurate cairns and headed back down. It looks like the distance has been updated from 7 to 9 miles which is accurate according to our trackers. We heard a few other hikers had turned back on our way down because they couldn’t find the trail/it was too challenging. So basically it’s difficult but WORTH IT!

hiking
8 days ago

Stunning views for the duration of this trail.

loved it!

This... this is why we hike. Worth the effort. More simple to find than some reviews say. At the first switchback after the sign for 1.8 and 1.6 miles to Surprise and Amphitheater, take the trail on the right that descends a bit. You’ll have to climb under a downed tree, but then it’s smooth sailing from there. For the most part, there’s a clearly defined dirt path. On the boulder sections, there are cairns marking the way. Be sure to get an early start!

AWESOME

hiking
11 days ago

Nice trail with great views. Follows stream most of the way to the lake. Uphill and rocky but worth the trip.

hiking
11 days ago

This is an excellent hike, but this is not a short hike as another reported, this is 3-6hr both ways, maybe even 7hr, depending on your speed. I'm not a seasoned hiker, but have hiked other hard trails, compared to those I would really categorize this as extra hard. No negative marks, just pointing out this is not for beginners. A hard hike but Awesome view at the end. Recommend committing half day for this hike if you plan staying and really enjoying the prize at the end of the trail.

hiking
11 days ago

Hiked this trail with my husband today. We left from string lake. Left at 8:45am. Took 4:08 to top and 3:45 back down. We took our time down (I have knee problems). Saw 3 moose a fox and several marmots. Beautiful hike and tons of waterfalls along the way.

Really nice hike with varied terrain and scenery. Some hiking through narrow wooded paths, other hiking through open fields with sweeping views. Beautiful scenery at the lake(s) on this loop, with the ability to hike along Taggart Lake and take in some of the most amazing views of the Tetons. I would personally rate this hike as easy-to-moderate, more because of the elevation gains and a good amount of uphill hiking. Nothing too hard or strenuous, but you’ll need to be in relatively good shape for this loop. Highly recommended!

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful scenic trail. Can’t get enough of the cascade canyon. Not a very technical trail. Endurance matters.

walking
13 days ago

Easy loop with a beautiful forest setting and great views of Lake Jackson and the Tetons. Hike out at sunset for great beach mountain pictures as the sun sets behind!

Best mountain trail I’ve ever been on.

hiking
14 days ago

Easy and nice view from the mountains. I'd suggest doing that along with amphitheater and delta lake. Try to be at the lake in the morning to not have the sun in the wrong direction

Easy and nice view from the mountains. I'd suggest doing that along with amphitheater and delta lake. Try to be at the lake in the morning to not have the sun in the wrong direction

hiking
14 days ago

A very nice hike! But I'd highly recommend doing paintbrush to do a loop. Still, very very nice!

hiking
14 days ago

Such a nice short hike! Did it to fill the day, along with amphitheater lake. Delta lake is the nicest, but steep. Green lake, wonderful background mountains.

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