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Bearpaw and Trapper Lake Trail

MODERATE 58 reviews
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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.

Distance: 7.8 miles Elevation Gain: 137 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

paddle sports

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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

hiking
muddy
22 days ago

Loved this hike. We didn’t quite make it to Trapper Lake but Leigh and Bearpaw were the highlights of the hike and this part of our trip. Crystal clear fading to deep blue water on a white sand beach was absolutely gorgeous and unexpected on a hike in the mountains. Muddy trail with lots of horse manure was still very manageable. Didn’t see many people on the way out, mostly just by String Lake on the way back. I appreciated the flat terrain after a bigger hike yesterday. Overall just an incredibly beautiful trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful hike on a lovely day. Far from strenuous. Wonderful views of the series of lakes with the Grand Tetons forming a breathtaking backdrop. Wouldn't have missed it for the world. Took me approx four and half hours with plenty of stops. Well worth pushing on to get to the end at Taggart Lake.

hiking
over grown
2 months ago

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

Great quiet trail next to Leigh Lake, mostly shaded with a nice trail to follow. We saw four bears- two black bear cubs with mamma and an adolescent grizzly. Be careful, carry bear spray and make lots of noise!

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

lots of bugs around Leigh lake...but very enjoyable and beautiful...bugs do get better at bear paw and trapper

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

Great trail and good hike for folks who don’t want any elevation gain. (Mostly flat). It was quite buggy going around String and Leigh Lakes (and not buggy at Bear Paw Lake). Very green and mostly in shade. Wildflowers should be at their peak in a few weeks, along with the huckleberries. Go early to secure parking at the VERY popular and often crowded String Lake parking lots. Took us 90 min each way, so carry bear spray and a rain jacket as the weather can change dramatically and quickly in the mountains, esp when you are out for a couple hours.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Only reason to rate it a moderate is the length of it. I'd say it's easy

hiking
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Beautiful sequence of clear and colorful glacier lakes, ranging from shallow and sea glass green to larger and turquoise, with Mountain View’s at various points. Smart to bring swimsuit on warm day, parking was difficult.

hiking
Thursday, August 09, 2018

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!

running
Saturday, July 14, 2018

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.

hiking
Tuesday, July 03, 2018

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.

camping
Thursday, May 31, 2018

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.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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.

hiking
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

hiking
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.

hiking
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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