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This is definitely NOT moderate. i would say moderate+ to hard. and it was more like 7-8 miles not 5.3. beautiful views and flowers. mostly uphill the whole way up.

hiking
17 hours ago

Very difficult hike, be prepared for the challenge. The view is amazing and totally worth the climb.

hiking
21 hours ago

Longer than 6.8 miles and filled with tourists but worth the journey.

on Delta Lake Trail

hiking
21 hours ago

I have to disagree with some of the reviews after experiencing this hike. First, there are no signs on the trail that say which direction is Delta Lake. The calculations for trip out and trip back are off. I am guesstimating 10 miles total. There are boulders in a few areas out to the lake that prove to be challenging. Be prepared for rough terrain just passed the beginning of the trail, there’s quite a bit of large rocks. It’s quite the steep incline as well. There is wildlife present, so bring bear spray or something. We ran into a giant moose on our way out. And passed a couple that warned us about a grizzly bear and other significant animals in their short hike. Honestly, if you are an inexperience hiker or do not work out somewhat regularly, this is not your trail.

If you’re looking for a hike with the best view of grand Teton and her lakes then I recommend delta lake over this hike. Me and my girlfriend set out on lupine meadows (the name of the trail head for surprise, Amp, delta, and garnet), but due to it being unmarked, proceeded to surprise and amphitheater instead which are great views! However on the way down we decided to search for the delta trail, and I’m glad we did!
The view at delta was the best by far And is well worth the pretty tough hike up. However it is unmarked and not easy to find unless you know where it is. So this is how is how you find it.

1. follow the signs towards amp. and surprise lakes

2. Once you hit the sign that tells you surprise and amp. are 1.5 and 1.8 miles away you’ll go up the trail until you hit a left turn to continue up the switchbacks of the main trail. At this turn look for a smaller dirt trail to the right that goes off the main trail, this is it!

3. Most of the trail is fairly steep and can be difficult, but if you’re in decent shape you should be fine. There is a dirt trail through most of it, including through the boulder fields, but there is also rock piles in the boulder fields pointing the way, make sure to bring a swim suit!

Great hike! The views were amazing but the hike was tough! The path can be very rocky at times. Make sure you have sturdy shoes and plenty of water. Go to the overlook first and then down to the falls.

Absolutely amazing view at the end of the trail.

Strenuous if do the whole trail, but well worth it with varying topography and views.

The walk to Big Sandy Lake is flat and beautiful. Really a hike you could do with anyone at any age, it’s just a long six miles. Everything beyond Big Sandy Lake will be straight up so the walk in being flat moves quickly and not very strenuous! Big Sandy Lake makes a great base camp of you wanted to break up your trek to the Cirque or East Temple. Lots of people, lots of wildflowers, some bugs!

I hiked the Alaska Basin Trail in the 1st week of August and the wildflowers were in full bloom, a really gorgeous variety of colors and shapes. Instead of doing the loop I went north on the Teton Crest Trail to the junction with the Cascade Canyon Trail for really spectacular panoramic views of the Tetons. For the return to camp I tried to go down the 3.3-mile trail shown on Alltrails as connecting that junction with a point at the 1-mile mark on the Alaska Basin Trail. I learned the hard way that any trail that may have been there decades ago is no longer maintained or used after the 1st 500' of elevation drop from the high point. This trail should be removed from Alltrails to save others from making the same mistake I made.

first 3 miles are a nice moderate, constant incline. once you depart off the main trail it gets trickier, but still very obvious to follow. honestly, this hike isn't THAT difficult, but i had a 40lb pack on and camping permit, so that weight really added to the difficulty for me as it was my first time backpacking. if you're planning to camp, be aware, there are virtually zero flat spots. there's a ridge where a couple gals were and i found a spot at the far end of the lake to the right... apparently there's a trail there that continues up the canyon, or so said the rangers that came by my little spot. you can refill from lake, but bring a filtration system or boil the water. it can also get extremely windy up there and a storm can appear in an instant since you can't see the weather fronts behind the tetons. just make sure you're prepared. worth every bit of effort, though. small children seemed to have zero issues

I expected a little more difficulty! This is a fantastic trail for those who like to walk around on rocks. Lots of uphill, lots of exploring to do once you reach the lake. Fully enjoyed the boulders. Shorter than I really expected.

By far my favorite hike I’ve ever done! I’ve done it twice (both times in July) once there was heavy snow still at the peak due to heavy snowfall. If you’re in the Jackson hole/ Moose Wyoming area this is a must!
Amphitheater is the perfect place for a lunch time break and a hammock nap before heading back down the mountain!

Awesome view.

backpacking
2 days ago

This trail held by far the most beautiful views I have ever seen with my own eyes. It was amazing to walk through Titcomb Basin and see the mountains towering over you. However, it would have gotten 5 stars had the Alltrails map not gotten us completely lost at quite a few points on this trail. Going to Cook Lakes was a disaster and we spent a good 2 or 3 hours bush whacking, completely confused. The trail has a bad habit of disappearing for up to a mile or so. That being said, definitely bring a good paper map of the area (as if that's not always the way to go). Spectacular trail, I didn't even really mind being so lost because of how amazing everything always was around me. Spent a week here and loved every minute!

7 miles is actually closer. Messing around at the cave and everything showed me at 7.5 miles by the time I stopped my watch.

This was a great hike with nice views. We ran out of water on the way up but refilled our bottles from the falls at the top. Only giving 4 stars because we went too early in order to access the caves (too much snow at the top - June 10th, 2018)

Gorgeous trail!!! One of my favorites. Blankets of wildflowers and lush greenery in July.

Up and down Face. Excellent hike. It is difficult up and down Face. I probably tore a meniscus although I think I damaged it earlier in the week in Glacier. There is a lot of elevation if you are used to sea level. My wife became a little delirious during the bouldering at the top. The view is incredible. The wild flowers are beautiful. The hike made my wife's period start early and when that happens it means it was a pretty strenuous hike.

backpacking
3 days ago

although it really is gorgeous, it has become overrun with people. There were 32 cars in the parking lot this morning, and I couldn't go more than a mile without stepping off trail for another hiker or a pack team. the area is really starting to show the use. I liked the trail, and am happy to have gone, but I would highly suggest branching off from this trail to another less used trail.

I did this hike last Friday (8/10) with two of my best friends and it was absolutely incredible!

We started our trek around 11:30 am and completed it around 4:30 pm. We did spend close to 30 minutes having lunch down by the creek, and probably could have cut off an additional 30 min. if we weren't caught behind some slow-moving "tourists" upon our return to the trailhead.

There are two ways to reach the trail, one of which being taking the ferry across Jenny Lake, which we did, but will run you $15 per person for a round-trip ticket. It runs approximately every 15 minutes. You can also take the 2-mile trail around the perimeter of the lake to reach the trailhead, which we decided against because of the longevity of our hike.

Having said that, after you get to the actual trail for this trek, it is pretty free of families and novice hikers. Most of the elevation gain for this particular hike is in the first mile to mile and a half. And once you reach the end of that gain, the valley opens up and you are surrounded by towering peaks on each side, which is pretty spectacular.

Shortly after the trail opened up we saw a black bear rummaging around in the creek about 20 yards away from where we saw a female moose sunbathing that certainly made our day.

This is a decently challenging hike, primarily because of the 9-miles round-trip and 1,000-feet of elevation gain. However, it is absolutely worth every step, and if I were to return I would make a backpacking adventure out of our next journey, as this trail leads to many other amazing trais when it forks at the end!

Note: The trek outlined in the trail map is currently closed and you will need to take the alternate route to the trail. When you get off the boat dock just head to your right and you will run into the sign for the trailhead on your left, which is about 100 yards down the trail that loops around Jenny Lake.

Hiked on 8/8/2018; Inspiration Point and Hidden Falls were closed due to rockfall threat, but hikers could still access the trail into the valley using the horse route. For us, this trail was a beautiful introduction to the Grand Teton park. We took the Jenny Lake ferry to reach the trailhead on the western side of the lake; just around the first bend of the trail, we found a group of hikers and a ranger excitedly viewing a young black bear foraging in the bushes about 25 yards away (and thankfully moving away from us). Farther up the path, a family taught us how to identify the huckleberries that were growing plentifully by the trail; they were delicious! We saw a moose adult and child drinking and wading in pools in the valley (about 30 yards from the trail). We spotted pika in the boulder fields and plenty of chipmunks and squirrels throughout the hike. This trail offers a delightfully varied landscape, beautiful flowers, and plenty of wildlife to enjoy!

Long story short, my girlfriend wanted to go on a hike and I didn’t want to go on a hike, so we compromised and went on a hike. The first 1.2 miles are steep but over quickly, we made it to the trail marker saying that the fork was 3.3 miles and it was mostly a walk from there. There were three or four water falls on the mountain to the right when you could see through the woods. I got tired about 4 miles in and she lied to me and said there was a vendor selling Gatorade at the end. There was no Gatorade and I did a 9 mile hike.

A little harder than a few hikes classified as hard, but it's totally worth it. I wish we had more time so we could have spent the night here. Something I plan to do during a return visit. Don't forget to bring a hammock!

This is a great day hike for a challenge. It's difficult at times but the reward at the top is well worth the elevation change.

hiking
4 days ago

We did this hike on 8/12/18. Because we were making a full day of our hike and were not in a hurry, we chose Huckleberry both up and down. The views are amazing the entire way. This is one of the most beautiful trails I've hiked. We are casual hikers but did not find this trail to be unbearably difficult, just long. I brought my 14 yr old grandson and he had no problems at all. The switchbacks going to the ridge and the last half mile to the top are the most intense, the rest was not too bad. It took us a total of 9 hours with 1/2 an hour on the top for lunch. We will absolutely be doing this trip again next year. Spectacular scenery.

Top 3 best hikes I’ve done! We took a shuttle boat to the trail head. The first mile or so is all uphill and heavily trafficked but once you make it to the canyon it’s a steady hike with amazing views of waterfalls, cascades and the mountain side! We saw a grizzly bear about 30 yards munching on some berries and two moose in the marsh!

Brutal beauty! We are avid hikers and found this trail to be spectacular, yet difficult. The difficulty can be managed based on hiking objectives. We love diversity in terrain, rock formations, and wildlife. The huckleberry leg of the trail was spectacular in that respect. It's north facing and the vegetation was lush. The most important perspective is how nicely the huckleberry navigates the 4150 elevation gain. Yes, it's was still work, however unlike the Face leg climb or decent which requires you to visually pick every step in highly technical and rocky terrain, the Huckleberry allows you to keep your head up and enjoy the stunning 360 views all the time.

If you are in a hurry, or simply want to reach the Teton vista as the reward, you could choose to scale the face. I would never recommend it to friends unless they are technical hikers, have great lungs, and stamina. The first two miles of the Face are really rugged and steep. No exaggeration! We took it on the decent, and calculated every steep step in loose rock, and wish we hadn't given our climb on the Huck leg. Coming down the Face was treacherous and not worth any time saving given the sacrifice in visual enjoyment. Ironically, there's a sign at the base of the Face leg starting the intense incline, dangers, and recommends against it. For the objectives of hiking enthusiasts, I would concur.

Overall, this bike is among the best for hiking variety, beauty, Teton destination reward!

Did this hike today. My 4th time!!! It’s as beautiful as ever. Well worth the effort it takes to get there. I would suggest you go very early.

Fantastic trail. If you don't want to pay for the ferry, you can park at String Lake and hike just 1.7 miles to the trailhead, saving 2.2 miles vs the hike from the Jenny Lake trailhead. once you complete the initial switchbacks which are somewhat strenuous, the remainder of the trail is a gradual climb up the canyon. Even if you can't complete the full trail, don't stop at the trail junction at the top of the switchbacks. One further mile into the canyon opens up views and vistas you don't want to miss. I had the luck to see two moose across the creek and encounter zero bears. Do being bear spray and hike in a group.

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