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Great hike! Super long and tiring but amazing. Great views and so much fun.

One of the best hikes I have ever done. Absolutely breathtaking views the entire way around. We spotted some bears ob the trail ahead of us as well.

We did this as a long day hike in the clockwise direction in July, and the downhill section immediately after the divide was still pretty snowy. We slowly stepped our way down without crampons or anything but it was definitely a little sketchy. Patches of snow after that but nothing we couldn't manage.

Once we left Hidden Falls (Sunday afternoon) the amount of people on the trail dropped away significantly, and after 1 1/2 miles saw no one until the first campsite. We camped in the second. Hiked to Phelps Lake the second day. Unbelievably beautiful. The view from the Hurricane Pass looking ESE was one that will remain with me. I consider myself to be lucky to have been there in that moment. It started snowing at Sunset Lake. We were behind schedule, and had intermittent snowfall all the way to the Static Pass. Going down into Death Canyon was glorious in the afternoon sun after the cold, snow, and wind we had just been through. Camped at Phelps Lake. I was grateful for the flatness the majority of the way to the intersection with the Amphitheater Lake Trail the next day. Saw a black bear just off the trail first thing in the morning hiking back up to the main trail from our campsite.The hike up to Amphitheater and Sunset Lakes was a good workout. It was just below freezing when we got in about 4pm and there was snow on the ground. The water in my bottle was partially frozen the next morning. It was all down hill and flat back to Jenny Lake.

Started at the trailhead adjacent to Mammoth parking area and went up, up, up. Beautiful but relentless. Elk bugling everywhere. Blizzard conditions as we approached ridge - a bit dicey with wind/snow whipping up ridge. No views. Once on SW side of ridge slope is less steep and more dry/high plains desert. Be prepared for changing conditions and consider taking route in reverse if steep inclines are not your thing. Great workout. Elk, mule deer, grouse.

Titcomb basin at the end of this trail is one of my favorite areas in the Bridger Wilderness. Nice views along the way. It's a great place to spend a few days exploring or fishing

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.

An amazing day hike. Did it counter clockwise and I’m so glad I did. The final ascent up to the divide was steep and narrow, and the descent down to Lake Solitude seemed like never ending switchback on talus. Saw a black bear and two moose. A beautiful day.

That's a great day hike!

Cool hike! I did something similar in a single day but instead went all the way to granite canyon, and also did avalanche divide. It's a hard hike - probably in the 35ish miles, but well worth it! The trick is to not do the valley - instead I was able to hitchhike from granite to jenny lake fairly easily.

so far, this is my favorite hike in the tetons. We did this over 2 days.....camped at upper paintbrush. Everything about this hike was amazing. I have a fear of heights and there were a few scary spots but not too bad....only one ice/snow patch that you had to walk across. The views are incredible, and we did this when there was still a fair amount of smoke, so the tetons weren't super visible, but still amazing.

I did this hike 8 years ago today while hiking to lake Holly. A ranger asked me if I was doing the loop.. and I said I wasn’t planning on it... but why not. I will never forget this hike. It took me 8ish hours when I was in the best shape of my life. I ran out of water for the last 6 miles down cascade canyon and was hallucinating. I also lost my cell phone and it was returned to the ranger station (thank you couple). Amazing views of the Tetons coming down cascade canyon. I saw less than 10 people.

This beautiful trail is approximately 29.5 miles long. I backpacked this trail over 6 days in a group that included several kids between the ages of 12-14. The difficulty was perfect as it challenged them but did not kill them. We stayed two nights at one of the campsites.

The trail offers dense pine forests, rocky beaches, massive meadows, wildflowers, vistas, geothermal features, swamps, and many rivers and streams. The trail has many ups and downs as far as altitude goes, it was much less flat than I expected. There are about a dozen different campsites (reservations required) along the trail. Each site offers an uncovered pit toilet with a spectacular view so you can enjoy the scenery and take care of business at the same time.

We were informed that there are bears in the area. We did see a lot of bear sign, but never did see any bears or any large game of any kind. I was surprised at how many wild berries we found growing near the trail including wild blueberries, wild raspberries, and whortleberries. There is one section of trail, approximately a quarter of a mile long to the east of the geyser basin, where the trail passes through a knee-deep muddy swamp. We attempted to pass through in flip-flops, but the mud sucked them off and caused the straps to tear. We found it easier to pass through barefoot.

We did the hike in mid-August and went counter-clockwise. The mosquitoes were terrible in some areas and almost non-existent in others. Mosquito repellent is highly recommended.

What a hike. It is hard but worth it. The divide is awesome. A little sketch at times.

Wow, what a hike! I completed this hike in just under 9 hours. Starts and ends with gorgeous lake views. Had to cross two snow fields at the beginning of August! Would not have been possible without my hiking poles. I was exhausted by the time I reached the saddle (highest point), slowed down the way back. Incredible wildflowers just below Lake Solitude. The hike of a lifetime!

hiking
3 months ago

We missed trail to clear lake but that was Ok cause there was a connector trail from Black Joe trail to clear lake. Beautiful alpine scenery, Did this trail clockwise and glad we did cause trail down ravine past Miller lake was very steep. If you want to follow trail to Clear Lake you must hug trail to stream after crossing stream at end of Big Sandy Lake. Nice area to base camp also.

Great trail. Stunning views.

Quite possibly the best hike of my life!! Gasping and giddy with amazement and joy the entire route. Gorgeous views throughout. Lightly traveled...saw only 5 people the entire hike. Hiked this in mid-July. Some snow...piles are a must. Crampons nice to have. No ice axe necessary. Enjoy!!!

backpacking
3 months ago

Completed this loop July 21st-23rd 2018. Two nights and about two and half days total hiking, with campsites at South Cascade Fork and Surprise Lake (slight detour). I logged about 40 miles total with the 6 mile total side trip to Surprise/Amphitheater Lakes, so the Alltrails mileage is a bit off.
A few notes:
Teton Crest Trail (North to South)- Plenty of amazing campsites along the South Cascade Fork. Two short snowfields left to cross or detour around. Amazing view of the three Tetons from the top of the pass. Crosses into Alaska Basin (National Forest territory), where there is also dispersed camping around Sunset Lake. Wish I would have known that going in but oh well. :)
Alaska Basin Shelf Trail- This is where it got tricky. There were about 10 large snow fields to cross where there were no decent detour options. Over Buck Mountain Pass you think you're done but oh no, there's a massive steep snow field that wraps around the basin leading up to Static Divide. Spikes and an ice ax would have made my life a lot easier here. Crossed it and a few smaller ones to get up to Static Divide. If you have a spare 15-20 min, go ahead and bag Buck Mountain right off the divide. Gorgeous views, and steep switchbacks with some snowpack left going down.

All other trails were smooth sailing. Overall, a stunning hike and awesome backpacking experience. Definitely coming back to hike the whole Teton Crest Trail next.

Great trail, took me about 45 minutes to surf, so it’s not too long, but I would still recommend it to any level of hiker!

Did It one day, no ice axe or crampons needed, but I’ll still say you need them so there’s no one on the trail again for the next group.

backpacking
4 months ago

Only did a partial hike (about 12 miles to the west side of Shoshone Lake). It was absolutely beautiful and I would definitely do it again. The only downsides would be a few water crossings and the mosquitoes were voracious.

An easy hike into the lake, beautiful views once you arrive

hiking
4 months ago

We did this hike on 9/17/17 and in reverse of what is shown (Up Cascade Canyon and down Paintbrush Canyon). This hike is epic and definitely worth doing if in the Grand Tetons. There were some sections of snow especially at the higher elevations which required some caution crossing, but nothing too dangerous. This is a must do hike and can be done in a day.

Really tough start, the ascent almost seems endless. Especially at the exposed ridge near the peak. But the view of Paradise Valley was very well worth it. Otherwise the hike brought you through many varied terrains and opportunities for wildlife. Trail was very well marked with a few minor detours due to remaining snow drifts.

great trail with minimal elevation. we just hiked to the lake and back and clocked 6.4 miles. great views along the way as you walk through a pine Forest. slightly muddy but no water crossings. plenty of wildflowers

Just hiked in past the suspension bridge down to the river's edge (where one would need to cross to continue the trail) and returned. I think it turned out to be 5 or 6 miles total. Lovely hike, saw many birds, wildflowers, and views of the river from different vantage points. The suspension bridge is obviously very cool as well.

Trail ended up being 18.5 miles but worth it. Amazing views and I didn’t see anyone else while hiking!

Very beautiful view with very little traffic. While we were hiking up we crossed a black bear across a scream, we brought bear bells and spray as the chance of crossing a bear was fairly high. Trail can be difficult at times to navigate as it is not frequently sought out, bring lots of water and food!

Great hike.. awesome views .. suspension bridge.. remember the bear spray!!!

Did the loop in 2004, amazing backcountry experience

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