Bearpaw and Trapper Lake Trail is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Moose, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Grand Teton National Park P.O. Drawer 170 Moose, WY 83012-0170 Information (307) 739-3300 More information: http://www.nps.gov/grte/contacts.htm
A great way to get out of the business of GTNP. The Bearpaw and Trapper areas, because they are on an "out and back" trail, do not get any thru traffic. Therefore, the crowds are very light. We camped for two nights at one of the Bearpaw Lake back country campgrounds. Good backpacking trip for kids -- our youngest was 5. We swam in, and fly fished, Bearpaw Lake. We swam in Leigh Lake (North end) -- it's better than Bearpaw, because of a sandy beach near the Ranger cabin. And we hiked out to Trapper Lake. Trapper sits right in the shadow of Mt. Moran and you can hike right up the front of the mountain. Go as far as you can - it's worth it.
Definitely check in the with Rangers at the cabin/station at the N. end of Leigh Lake. They have been there a long time and are friendly and a wealth of information.
This is a beautiful trail right along the lakes a the base of the Tetons. It's relatively flat the entire way. There are a few rolling hills, but no major elevation gain. If you're looking for an easy and beautiful hike, this is it. This is the trail I recommend to visitors who aren't looking for an intense trail but want to enjoy the mountains.