Explore the most popular backpacking trails in Bridger-Teton National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
4 months ago

Great hike. Not technical other than a lot river crossing

backpacking
5 months ago

I was as new as it gets when I stepped foot on this trail. The only other time I had been backpacking was the night before in Shoshone NF. I studied up on this trail for months, with plans of watching the eclipse from Sleeping Indian, which we did the next day.
The trail starts off super simple. Walking through sagebrush, then you get into the forest and cross a few creeks(2 of the 3 creeks can be crossed with dry feet, but the first of those three, you will most likely get a little wet. One tip, cross the first creek as close to the barbed wire fence as possible, this is the driest route.)
Once you get to the 3rd creek crossing fill all of your water up. You will not find anything until you get to Blue Miner, which is a long, strenuous trek from this point(we learned the hard way when we were dying for a drink with 2 miles to go).
After the last creek the trail really starts to climb. And it seems like you're climbing for miles and miles. the good part is, the views as you climb are truly breathtaking. There are a few stopping points halfway up the mountain that rival any summit in the northeast.
After climbing for what seems like forever, you will hit fields of thousands upon thousands of wild flowers(this was late August). It really makes the previous few miles worth the effort. These fields go on for another 2 miles or so. All the while you are still climbing, but it is much more gradual.
Finally you will see the snow capped peaks surrounding Blue Miner. It was one of the most welcoming sights I have ever laid eyes on. After about 1/2 a mile, you finally get to see the lake. I looked at pictures of it for months, but they do not do it justice. The trail begins to dip down sharply towards the lake, on a very narrow path. But before you walk down, be sure to stop and take a 360 view all around you. Green lush fields, with vibrant wildflowers, snow covered rocky mountainsides, craggy rocks, huge trees, and this aqua blue crystal clear lake. In 28 years on this planet I've never seen something more beautiful.
Anyway, from there you climb on down this narrow path for about 1/2 a mile and arrive at the lake. It's super rocky to the left, I would suggest staying to the right and finding a nice campsite.
If it tickles your fancy, in the morning climb back up the goat trail again but this time stay to your left when you reach the top. An easy trail follows the rim of the mountain and leads you to a tundra like atmosphere. From there you can reach Sheep Mountain and have an unbelievable view of the Tetons, the red hills and lucky enough for us, the solar eclipse.
In short, if you're in decent shape do this trail, you 100% will not be disappointed.

With some minimal corridor maintenance and if your prepared for the bugs easily a five star hike

It's Faler Lake isn't it?

hiking
11 months ago

I've done this twice, once in early July and once in late August. There was still snow patches in July and snow along the ridge to the peak so we only went to the lakes that time. Beautiful flowers. Consistently steep for most of the trail and a few streams to pass. Beautiful day hike.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful hike with wildflowers, snow banks and waterfalls. Had to cross several small streams but not too difficult. We only went as far as Wagner Lake but the GPS measured 8.6 miles R/T.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful trail, I hiked it over the 4th of July weekend and did not see another person on the trail. Breathtaking waterfall and flowers galore. The problem I had was the snow stoped me just short of getting to the peak. That said, not getting to the peak just gives me the excuse the try again later. I'll be back!

great trail! spent 5 nights along the trail with several great day hikes including one to the top of wind river peak at 13192 ft! absolutely beautiful!

hiking
Sunday, August 07, 2016

Enjoyable trail, first ~1.5 mi is fairly steep/wooded but clears up when you reach the ridge and are even/above tree line. Great views of surrounding mountains and saw medium wildlife throughout (no bears). Our dogs were able to do it no problem just no water along way besides some small unreliable creeks that were running slowly. Overall good trail, worth the 8 mi drive from Alpine for scenic views. Enjoy!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

This trail used to be a favorite growing up. The boat dock is no longer there and access was very difficult. The trail has not been maintained and we had to go around MANY downed trees, sometimes easy other times not. Ascended to the lake by taking the direct route, descended by taking the river route. Both are in the same condition.

backpacking
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Hiked this trail many years ago. Started at the Elkhart Parking lot and dropped down and camped at Long Lake. Then continued on a 5 day loop called the Sky Pilot loop. Very pretty lake with good campsites

Saturday, August 01, 2015

This is a great, and well defined, backcountry trail. I would recommend pepper spray as Grizzlies have been seen in the area. It is actually 8 miles out of Alpine, Wyo, and not Grover.

hiking
Monday, May 04, 2015

One of my favorite areas. I have been coming up to New Fork for over 30 years. The main trailhead starts above the camps area by the corrals and take you above the upper lake and down to the inlet. After that this trail starts into a canyon area which is absolutely amazing. You can do a day trip or several days along this trail.

hiking
Sunday, September 07, 2014

This is a good family hike. We docked our boat at the end of Fremont Lake and hiked up to the lake over the 4th of July 2014. We took the shorter route (stay to the right when the trail forks) and made it there. It is a beautiful trail and lake.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Sunday, July 06, 2014

camping
Monday, September 10, 2012

camping
Saturday, September 08, 2012