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Delta Lake via Lupine Meadows Access is a 8.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Moose, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October.

Length 8.8 mi Elevation gain 2,329 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Forest Lake Views Wildlife Rocky Scramble Off trail No dogs
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PLEASE NOTE: The trail to Delta Lake is an unofficial, non-maintained trail. There are several boulder fields to navigate, fallen trees along the trail, and steep, loose dirt. This trail is not maintained by the park. Please be mindful of vegetation underfoot while hiking and help protect our natural resources.

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Fernanda Frers
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HikingGreat!Off trailRockyScramble

Started it out before sunrise and I was the second one up there. Absolutely breath taking views on the way up. Trail is not marked but very easy to locate, just pay close attention to where the trail continues after the rocks. It is heavily trafficked by noon-ish so I found my way back easier because of everyone going up. It gets very steep towards the end, and going down was not easier so be prepared. So worth it though, absolute great hike!

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George Boll
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We have been hiking Grand Teton for 25 years. We have passed the previously poorly marked cutoff to Delta Lake on our way up to Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes many many times. Now, the cutoff and trail is marked much better reflecting the hike’s increasing popularity. The hike up to Delta Lake after the cutoff for approximately the last mile is a very difficult, steep and rough trail. The lake at the end is a worthwhile award and the best and closest view of the Grand Teton you can get, in my opinion, unless you want to climb it (which I have done). The lake is just below the Teton Glacier terminal moraine and is a beautiful glacial flour color of light blue. If you are going to do this hike, and you are from Texas like us, make sure you are steeled for a bit of suffering, prepared to do some scrambling and have really good hiking shoes. It is not a hike to take lightly but is absolutely beautiful in the end!

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Nic Green
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This trail represents 2020. The first part was all fun in games, lighthearted when we all were scrambling for toilet paper and sanitizer. January thru March) Then it became more serious, steep with 6 hard switchbacks that felt like forever (march thru April) and then we made it the homestretch a mile rock climbing and straight up hill! (April thru September) and then you finally reach the Delta Lake which is spectacular! Definitely worth the hike/climb up! It was roughly 3000 elevation gain one way. The way down was a breeze! Hopefully the view will represent the upcoming months!

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Laura Ann
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

Per everyone else, this is not an ‘official’ trail, & very challenging given there’s no marked trail but 100% worth it in the end- one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. Assume ~5 hrs (w/ 30 min of enjoying the view at Delta Lake). Highly recommend arriving to Lupine Meadows Trailhead parking lot before 8am. There were ~10 people when we got to Delta Lake but on the way down we passed upwards of 50 people heading there (we left Delta Lake at 1030). Last few notes: we are fairly athletic & I will say it was pretty challenging, both with the increasing altitude and switchbacks up Amphitheater Lake Trail & crawling across and up boulders on the Delta Lake trail. While I did wear athletic sneakers & didn’t hurt myself, once we hit the boulder fields I immediately regretted not having shoes with better traction.

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Kylie Howard
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Heavily trafficked even on weekdays. It was definitely worth it. Take your time and build up your energy for the last two miles. Prepare to climb a little, nothing hard core just hobbling over boulders. Definitely buy the pro version so you can check the map. It’s worth it. You CAN totally miss Delta Lake. Have a fully charged battery on your phone. If you have a water filter you can get water once you are up at the lake. You will see sage hen, squirrels, chipmunks, and possibly Elk. Parking sucks...

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Diane herbst
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Luke Semo
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Eryn Van Der Hoeven
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HikingGreat!Rocky

This trail is difficult to beat. Undoubtedly a challenge. It’s the type of hike that gets harder and harder as you go, with the last hill feeling like the climax. I was exhausted after; it takes everything you’ve got! There were many elk that we saw along the way. The switchbacks were tough but gave you a beautiful view. The huge rocks to climb made the hike fun and unique. Of course, Delta lake was stunning as promised. This trail was more heavily trafficked than we expected. We used bandanas as masks for the more crowded areas so we could pull it over our nose while we were around people and then let it hang around our necks when we were secluded again. I absolutely loved this trail, and would definitely recommend.

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Kyle Maven
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Jamie Webb
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HikingGreat!Off trailRockyScramble

As with everywhere in the park, an early start is key. Beat the crowds and enjoy the elk bugling as the sun rises. The hike in the forest at the beginning is a great warmup to the steep climb at the end. Views are fantastic throughout the switchbacks and boulder fields. The lake can get crowded, but it is a nice place to relax and recharge. Definitely recommend.

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MEGAN CARCHIDI
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HikingGreat!

Awesome hike, definitely challenging but worth it for the view. The cut out to get on Delta trail isn’t for about 3 miles up, so don’t be like us and panic if you don’t see it right away.

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Maggie McDonald
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HikingOff trail

This hike is an accurate depiction of 2020. The beginning of the hike represents the month of December 2019-mid February 2020. The steep incline before the boulder hills represents the start of the global pandemic where things were still light hearted and we were watching tiger king and love is blind. Hard situation but still fun. The boulder hills and almost 90 degree angle incline are accurate representations of the global shutdown after all good shows were watched and the economy took a tumble. Fortunately, the views at the end represented any silver linings from the past 7 months and make the entire experience well worth it. Would highly recommend this hike!!

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Lisa Blevins
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This is an amazing trail with constant views along the switchbacks. My husband downloaded the map so we didn't take any wrong turns but I could easily see how someone could. I found the trail to be "moderate" until the last mile or so which required scrambling across rocks and a very steep incline, which I would consider hard/difficult. The view at top was phenomenal!! It was VERY crowded but people could space out enough to enjoy their own spot. Overall I highly recommend this hike for anyone who is not scared of scrambling across rocks.

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Alexandria Olson
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HikingGreat!

Most reviews are pretty on par. Pretty consistent incline. Off trail portion is very easy to find, just look for the wooden steps going down to the right hand side. Bring many layers as sun exposure changes quickly. Views of Delta are absolutely amazing and make the climb so worth it! We took a lot of breaks and this took around 4.5-5 hours

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Nicholas Blevins
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A+++ reward for your efforts, but you will certainly pay the toll on the way up. Nothing that isn't manageable but enough to appreciate the views ten fold once there. Starts of super innocent for about a mile and a half to two miles before the switchbacks. That's when you start some legitimate elevation gain for another mile and a half before coming upon the boulder fields. There are two and there is no right way to make it... just go up and across the first, smaller field. The second is larger and steeper and once you get high enough you'll stay to left the rest of the way up. This is the section you will be taking breaks every 100ft or so as it maintain a steady 45+ degree incline for two to three tenths of a mile. Good news is once you summit that, you're home free to an epic view, place to eat lunch, and just chill for an hour or two. It took us just over 3 hours up with tons of water breaks and breath breaks along the way but closer to two hours down with nothing but picture breaks.

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Collin Hurler
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Trail can get very hard to follow as you approach the Boulder field! Check the map constantly at that point. Incredible trail, worth every single second.

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Maggie Gray
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HikingGreat!Rocky

The last mile of the hike is tough, very steep and you can easily go off the trail, but definitely worth the view! Also there’s no sign for your turnoff to the delta trail, my friends and I ended up hiking up to surprise lake and amphitheater lake because we missed the turn! But they were both beautiful and well worth it.

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Cameron Bradna
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Andi Lewis
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Great trail. Definitely go as early as you can.

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Sam G
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Great hike with a lot of elevation to earn your way up to the top. Views of lakes below are great on the way. We went to surprise/amphitheater first where higher up its green mixed with these beautiful white boulders and then those lakes are amazing and serene. Early morning they were super still with perfect reflections on the water, very quiet, very cold for a refreshing plunge. The way to Delta is very short/steep so not a ton to add on and glad we did it second. Lots more people going to Delta vs surprise/amphitheater were much quieter. Color of the water at Delta is so unique plus the view is incredible and because of this seemed like a lotta people were headed there only for the gram. Very busy and noticed more trash there than anywhere else which is unfortunate. Hopefully people are more respectful and going out there for the right reasons, great to see people enjoying the beauty of nature.

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