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Holly Lake Trail is a 12.4 mile out and back trail located near Moose, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until September.

Length 12.4 mi Elevation gain 2,749 ft Route type Out & Back

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Lake

Wild flowers

No dogs

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Getting There

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 Wyoming Business Council Tourism Office, Frank Norris Jr. Travel Center, I-25 & College Drive , Cheyenne, WY, 82002-0660, Phone: 307-777-7777, Fax: 307-777-6472

Directions from Moose: Travel north on the Teton Park Road to North Jenny Lake Junction. At the Jct. turn left and follow signs to parking for the Leigh Lake Trailhead.

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Geri Rosenberg
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Hiking

Beautiful views in the canyon and up the switchbacks! The climbs were quite moderate (not steep) which was a nice change from what I’m used to. Snow is no longer a problem at the lake—a few short stretches you can’t avoid, but there was no need for the micro spikes we brought. As to continuing along the pass, there’s still too much snow to do the whole loop safely. We started at 8:45am and barely saw anyone else until we reached the lake, except for two moose who were hanging out directly on the trail!

Kristin George
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HikingGreat!RockySnow

This is a MUST do in the park. Breathtakinng views throughout, moderate grade for most of the hike, then gets steep the last couple miles. Snow stopped us about a half mile from the lake, but others pushed through. Despite it being a holiday weekend, we saw very few people.

Buster Brown
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HikingSnow

Paintbrush Canyon is beautiful. Starting out in the woods, climbing to an open canyon with waterfalls and a river. Incredible views of the lakes below as you climb. Once you pass the boulder field the snow starts shortly after. The lake is completely frozen and there is no visible trail - it is all covered in snow. Poles would have been helpful. Make sure you have all trails saved for holly lake so you can find it.

lorna sharon
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Hiking

This is by far the most beautiful trail in GTNP. The views are spectacular, and the fall colors add to the beauty. Parts of the hike were a challenge, but I am 75 years old and my husband is 72. We plan to hike it again this fall.

Kimberly Nolan
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Hiking

Completed this trail as an out and back hike from Paintbrush Canyon trailhead to Holly Lake and beyond to Paintbrish Divide. This trail is in excellent condition, a continual but gradual gain of elevation over the 6 miles to reach Holly Lake. Paintbrush Canyon, Holly Lake, and the Divide do not disappoint and provide great views the entirety of this hike. Go to the "Nolan Ventures" channel on YouTube to view a detailed video of this amazing hike.

peter senger
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Hiking

did hike on 7/7 and made it all the way to Holly Lake. Last .75 miles was snow - a few sketchy spots, but were able to make it to the lake. Lake was 50% thawed. Absolutely stunning views on the way down. Appears there was a recent avalanche that did significant damage near the lake.

Bergen Fuglestad
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Hiking

too snowy to make it to the lake for us but the views were wonderful, we did run into a grizzly in the lower huckleberry field

James Stone
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Hiking

Great hike with varied terrain. Did it yesterday and there is still decent amount of snow along the way and last half mile to the lake had too much snow for us to get there. Still a great route.

Jon Callaghan
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HikingSnow

We did this hike two days ago. It’s a spectacular trail and Paintbrush canyon is gorgeous. Still lots of snow up top, and we turned around approx 0.5 miles short of the lake due to deep snow. Took approx 6 hrs rt, but that included at least an extra hour of snow exploration.

Pascal S.
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Hiking

It’s a lovely trail with few people and wonderfull landscape.

Simon Guérard
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Hiking

It's a nice hike for sure, but I'd suggest pushing to the pass and going to solitude lake, then down through cascasde canyon. Still, very beautiful

Sierra Hastings
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Hiking

Gorgeous hike to a stunning alpine lake. Lots of variety in the scenery and so many wildflowers near the top. No wildlife sightings.

David Lee
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Backpacking

Awesome lake. Backpacked right below Holly Lake. Went to the divide and came back down to enjoy a swim.

Scott Vezina
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I ran/power hiked to Holly Lake and back. This is now perhaps my favorite trail of all time (so far!) - just spectacular! No snow on any parts of the trail or valley really. Very light hiker traffic on 8/4 between 2P and 5P.

Christine Kruger
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Very nice trail that’s outstanding at the top as well as along the way. Went in late July 2018 and snow still covered a couple parts of the trail. Bring walking stick and if you’re really brave, a towel and swimsuit. The waters cold but you deserve the glory once you get there.

Alison van Zandbergen
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Hiking

Beautiful hike! Beware the trail was well marked until we hit the snow, with the snow melting prior foot tracks had disappeared, we finally found the trail by watching out for hikers that were way ahead of us. The map I had printed from All Trails didn't show the two lakes, we realized that we only made it to the little pond, not the actual Holly Lake that was not too much further ahead. Hiking poles and plenty of drinking water recommended!

Sam Piotrowski
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Hiking

Amazing views the whole way! Definitely at the top of my favorite hikes list and I’m looking forward to going back up in the future!

kode bat
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Hiking

Such a beautiful trail. Be aware that when we hiked it we hit snow that made it a bit tiresome near the finish to Holly lake. When hiking in the snow be cautious of pockets that will bury your leg up to the hip unexpectedly. When going down avoid the snow and use the boulders.

Chad Slater
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Hiking

Fascinating

Lindsay Scott
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Hiking

Absolutely breathtaking. Each moment I took to look around me I stood in awe. I did this trail in August. The weather was perfect. It wasn't as difficult as I was anticipating, saw lots of wildlife and can't wait to do it again.

Julian G.
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Egle Libby
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Tigran Kesayan
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Danielle Trebesch
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David N.
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Christopher Phelps
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chantal dunkley
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Hayden Eatchel
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