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Colter Bay Hermitage Point Trail is a 9.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Moran, Wyoming that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Length 9.6 mi Elevation gain 738 ft Route type Loop

Backpacking

Cross country skiing

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Bird watching

Lake

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

No dogs

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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

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Jocelyn P.
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Michaela Bailey
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HikingRocky

Awesome trail- start early bc the trail for the most part is in the sun. You get a nice blending of forest and meadow along the trail. Bring plenty of water and a hat. Trail is not flat. It had plenty of hills. Definitely wear bug spray. Mosquitos were abundant near the water. Hermitage point a great spot to rest and refuel. Feel free to dip your feet into the lake here. If you feel up to it swan lake was a great spot to see some ducks and swans. Overall great trail. Please be bear aware on this trail. Some hikers I talked with have encountered bears along this trail. And read the sign toward beginning of the trail about bears. And bring a map of trail bc there are a few unofficial trails and there are other trails within this longer trail toward Hermitage Point. There is a hermitage camp site a little ways past the point right along the lakeshore.

Madison McDonald
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I wouldn’t suggest this for a summertime hike. It might be better in spring or autumn. There were so many bugs, they were constantly swarming. Also, not a lot of views until you get to the point. The hike is easy, but long. There are lots of shaded areas when you go through forest, but a lot of areas where you get no break from the sun. I wouldn’t call it enjoyable in mid-July.

Jason Long
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Hiking

Nice walk, we didn't go to the point because we were dressed to warm for later in the day. Nice views of the lakes and mountains, but not too dissimilar from the parking lot.

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Shirley Orndorff
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Hiking

This morning we hiked around Heron Pond and Swan Lake which was 3.6 miles. We found Heron Pond super beautiful for some iconic photos. The Hermitage Point trails closed due to bear activity.

Melanie Johnson
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Hiking

Definitely recommend this trail! Easy hike with beautiful views the whole time! Amazing view and rocky beach area at Hermitage Point that is perfect for a lunch break. We saw a young black bear and a deer on our way out. It took us about 4 hours round trip with lots of stops for pictures.

Annalisa Giannotti
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HikingBugs

It was pretty. Definitely lots of horse poop, but I didn’t mind it too much. I was more bothered by the bugs. This was next level bugs. Like... I had to reapply my bug spray several times just to avoid being eaten alive, I have not had to do that on any other hike in the area. THEN when they couldn’t go for my arms or legs they went for my face. Be prepared!!!! Easy hike, just long. Several good views, maybe not quite as pretty as other hikes of a similar lengths in the area. If you are only here for a short time it’s not one of my favorites,

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Becky Yoder
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Hiking

Amazing views all along. Beautiful trail!

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Carlie Allison
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Hiking

Did this hike on Saturday, June 29. We had just arrived in Grand Teton and we were eager to get on a trail so we stopped at Colter Bay. What an awesome view. We used this trail to do a loop that went by Heron Pond and Swan Lake. There are several intersecting trails and yes, lots of horse poop. Mosquitos are thick on this trail. The pond was gorgeous and there were lots of herons as promised. We spotted 2 bald eagles in a tree by the pond. The forest that you walk through once you’re about .75 miles in is really pretty, but you start to miss the views of Jackson Lake and the Tetons.

Haley P
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Hiking

06-03-19. Beautiful hike that takes you through some different terrain from other hikes in the area—mostly pine forest that is relatively flat. There is a lot of shade on the first half of the hike and much less on the second half (hiking anti/clockwise). There are great views of the beach, mountains, and Jackson Lake about half way out and pretty forest views the rest of the time. We also saw a mother bear and cub near the water!!

Mark Slone
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HikingBugs

A pleasant hike through pine forest, sagebrush meadows, ponds & wetlands out to the most amazing scenery of the Tetons across Jackson Lake. Wildlife I seen: pelicans, bald eagle, herons, geese, marmot, mule deer, and lots of mosquitoes. Many of intersecting trails.

Emily Paulhus
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Hiking

Beautiful view of the lake!

Guy Kerr
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Boring for most part as in trees with little view. Nice at point. Easy.

Abby Martin
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HikingBugsMuddy

Completed on 6/3/19. Trail had a LOT of horse poop on it from the guided tours (and definitely smelled like it) which sort of took away from the serenity of the trail. Very quiet and saw a beaver dam in Swan Lake along with a few ducks. Lots of birds!

Meggie Tomczyk
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I thought is was a great trail to go snowshoeing for the first time. pretty easy and nice view of lake and mountains. however there wasn't really a trail so we just followed other people's tracks. the tracks eventually turned around at swan lake instead of continue the loop so we didnt get the whole experience. but also saw plenty of wolf tracks and some wolves in the raod to the trailhead so be wary.

Lisa Jabusch
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Hiking

Very confusing if you opt for the right hand fork labeled "observation " (?) or lookout. We didn't find the main trail after that until wandering around in mucky marsh around Swan Lake, and found a marker by accident. Otherwise, very flat and easy, as well as boring, trail.

Sarah Strong
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Hiking

Longish, not too exciting walk through forests and lake views, keep on the wide path. End was beautiful with very old sagebrush, rocky and sandy point with eagle in old tree looking out to water.

Lucia Piazza
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Easy and flat. Unfortunately had to cut it short about two miles from the point because of beer sighting.

Leah Wonski
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Walking

I believe the difficulty rating of hard may be a mistake, as this path is completely flat. It begins at the Colter Bay Marina and follows Jackson lake and then Swan Lake. It’s buggy and marshy and beautiful but not challenging at all- fine for kids. There are several branches and unmarked forks so bring a map or this app for reference!

Sierra Harrelson
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Beautiful trail and easy but it was long. We went right to start the loop portion of the trail. After we reached hermitage point we walked about a mile/mile in a half and saw a bear and two cubs about 30 yards off the trail. We had to turn around due to the bear being too close to the trail. Had to back track which added on some miles but over all the trail was worth it. Breathtaking views. One tip: wear bug spray

Michael Hawley
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6/17/19. Easy walk starts off with nice views of Jackson Lake. Lots of wildflowers and wildlife. Be prepared for mesquites in the interior portions where the breeze dies down. We detoured from the AllTrails map to Swan Lake. It was beautiful. Covered in water lilies with yellow flowers just beginning to bloom. We also saw swan and other waterfowl. To this point and back would make a good family hike. Continue on for the adventure.

Kristine Swann
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Not worth it. The ponds are nice, but hiking 4.5 extra miles through dense, beetle infested new growth forest just for another view of Tetons isn’t worth it. Plus motor boats blasting music. Plus the NPS description of the trail says it has wetlands. Do not expect high quality emergent or forested wetlands anywhere along trail - just small buffer around the ponds. The only interesting thing was that there were a lot of chocolate lilies in the scrubland areas. Just rent a kayak and paddle the shore. You can access heron pond, hermitage point and more by boat much more easily.

Teresa Gennette
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Hiking

Nice

Donald Ahlberg
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Easy hike for family. Was able to see a Mule deer bedded down and even had a Fox run past us on the trail which made the kids love it.

Rachel Lynn
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Hiking

This was likely our least favorite hike from our Tetons trip. The length doesn't bother me if there is pay off, but unfortunately it just wasn't there. The first 2-3 miles of the hike around the ponds and lakes on the peninsula are nice (we saw deer, beavers, falcons, storks), but after that it's mile after mile of wooded hiking with not many views of the Tetons or the water. The "point" didn't have too many places to settle in and enjoy, and with all the motor boats speeding around it didn't seem all that serene or earned. This trial also had hoards of mosquitoes as compared to the rest of the park (in late July, early morning).

David W.
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Hiking

Did the entire loop with lunch at the point. Saw only a few hikers on the trail today. Trail offers some wide area's were horses share the trail. ( only saw them on the way back). Grizzly with two cubs were reported the day before in the first section but we saw nothing the entire hike. The trail has several ways to hike it and offers some great views of the Tetons. For the most part the trail I would have rated as easy. It is wide and somewhat flat with an easy grade elevation. It does get moderate in some area's and the trail becomes narrow. Wild flowers are just starting to pop and there are some great area's to get some color in. Some of the trails has area's under restoration. Trail had been cleared recently by the park service. All in all I will add this to my favorite list.

Clare A.
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Hiking

We walked the Hermitage Point Trail early June starting on the western side via Herron Pond, Hermitage Point then back east to Swan Lake and Colter Bay. Took about 4.5 hours including lunch at a slow pace. Highlights were Herron Pond with beaver? dam, water lillies, eagle, geese, ducks, herron, a woodpecker and the views at Hermitage Point. The 2.2 mile section between Herron Pond to Hermitage Point was pretty dull through pine forest but the eastern side from Hermitage Point to Swan Lake was a bit more varied with ups and downs and glimpses of creeks, meadows, and mountains. Sadly the track diverted away from Swan Lake fairly quickly back into pine with glimpses through to the lake - just enough to hint at all the amazing birds and beavers you're missing.

Abby McShea
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Hiking

It is about a 8-10 mile loop that allows for amazing mountain views and lots of animal sightings. Saw lots of bear tracks and scat. Saw a moose and definitely scared something else up.

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