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.

DISTANCE
9.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
738 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

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
1 month ago

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.

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2 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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

walking
4 months ago

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!

4 months ago

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

4 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice

8 months ago

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.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

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).

hiking
Friday, June 02, 2017

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.

hiking
Thursday, June 01, 2017

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.

hiking
Thursday, June 01, 2017

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.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

great lake & mtn views with slight elevation changes..long hike & a bit mundane at times..well worth the blister!!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Going to the right when you start the trail is incredible. If I did it over I wouldn't do the loop, I would go back the same way I came in, once I got to the point. The views are much better.

hiking
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Amazing trail; 15.9 Km but easy walk
Unforgettable panorama

Friday, September 11, 2015

Nice long easy hike. A little mundane in the beginning but beautiful at Hermitage Point.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Nice long easy hike

hiking
Friday, January 24, 2014

Easy and flat, but long. Beautiful scenery. Our eight-year-old hiked this with no problems, and our four-year-old was comfortable in the kid carrier on Daddy's back. Moose sightings are possible.

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