Bearpaw and Trapper Lake Trail

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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.

7.8 miles
137 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly





horseback riding

nature trips

paddle sports





wild flowers


no dogs

Grand Teton National Park P.O. Drawer 170 Moose, WY 83012-0170 Information (307) 739-3300 More information:

10 days ago

I really enjoyed the hike to Bearpaw and Trapper Lake. It starts along String Lake, follows the shore of Leigh Lake, loops around Bear Paw and ends at Trapper Lake. The majority of the hike is very level and especially along Leigh and String Lakes, the trails are well maintained.

Once you get to Bear Paw, you will get a few minor hills and rockier paths. It still isn’t a hard hike, but it isn’t flat either.

The thing that is nice about this particular hike, aside from the stunning lake and mountain views, is the different types of landscapes. You get a small burn area, flower filled meadows, thick forests, lakeside beaches, and Mountains all in a few miles.

There is also tons of wildlife. Birds are everywhere. I saw a black bear quite close to the trail. There are beaver dams at Trapper Lake. Marmots hide in the rocks. Deer can be found grazing in the meadow.

Would definitely recommend this hike to anyone looking for a longer, but easy hike. Just make sure to bring bear spray!

trail running
1 month ago

If you are in GTNP for a few days, there are plenty of better trails to explore. However, it's flat and easy compared to the rest. Taking the trail around Jenny Lake would be a better option.

1 month ago

We tacked on the hike to Trapper Lake after doing the Leigh Lake trail.

Very easy and mostly flat, although there is a bit more elevation than there was for the Leigh Lake portion. You'll be going through the forest so make sure to bring bug spray and start early in the day if you want to avoid crowds.

2 months ago

Liked the trail. Teton is my favorite park. This is a very flat and easy hike. Exactly four miles from String Lake Trail Head to Bear Paw Lake campsite 17B. This a fairly remote site for such a short hike and busy trail. The campsites on Leigh Lake are right on top of each other and right in the trail. If you stay there, expect company. This trail is pretty popular with Day hikers as it circles Leigh Lake, which is really beautiful. Campsites have a food storage locker and fire ring. Water right out of the lake. In all I really enjoyed and recommend Bear Paw Lake.

10 months ago

Spent a few days in the area. Trekked 30+ miles between this and Leigh lake. Busier than expected. Found more the solitude I sought near the trail ends. Peaceful, gorgeous, but not a great view of Tetons here. Better at Leigh lake.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

We hiked the whole length of this trail, but in the future I'd only hike to the end of Leigh Lake and turn around there in terms of views, as the further two hikes are smaller and don't have many views of the Tetons. But if you feel like a longer hike, why not go all the way! Once we were past everyone at Stringer Lake there were far less people on the trail. Leigh Lake has a handful of awesome backpack sites and areas to swim and get down to the water level - swimming there was by far our favorite part of our trip.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Gorgeous hike!

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Solid trail with nice and decently close views of the grand teeties. At a quick pace you can complete it in 3. Saw a couple trail runners, so even less time if you're into that type of thing

Saturday, November 05, 2011

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.

Monday, September 27, 2010

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.

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