DISTANCE
15.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,743 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

backpacking
8 days ago

Well traveled hike with beautiful views, plenty of water and accessible to horses. Started from trail head and ran into afternoon thunderstorm about 30 minutes into hike which quickly passed, but came down hard. Hike provides plenty of beautiful wildflowers through switchbacks and eventually puts you on top of ridge before crossing down back side of green mountain. One small stream is all you will have for water before descending from top of ridge (unless you fill up water at trail head- there is a good sized river at the beginning).

Lakes have plenty of water and fish. Game warden traveled up on horse and checked for permit, so make sure to get one if you plan on fishing.

From green lakes, it’s possible to travel to Littles Peak to offer yourself a beautiful view of the Grand Teton. We opted to cut from the trail in between green lakes and the Great Basin to a peak just East of Littles (almost the backside of Minks Lake). This little hike had plenty of water, a neat waterfall and tons of flowers.

Passed a few other hikers (some on horse, a group of young teens and some individual hikers with dogs), some of whom were camping by the lakes and some who were doing the entire loop in one shot. All had bear spray as it is bear country and highly recommend. We strung up our food at night and had no issues.

Overall a great hike. Steep in some parts and is a bit difficult, but doable for active adults/teens or older kids (children would probably not enjoy such a long and difficult hike, just sayin).

highly recommend!