Lake Solitude Trail

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Lake Solitude Trail is a 16.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Alta, Wyoming that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and birding and is best used from July until September.

DISTANCE
16.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2591 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

camping

hiking

walking

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Directions from Moose: Travel North to South Jenny Lake along the Teton Park Road. Once at South Jenny Lake park either at the Jenny Lake Visitor Center or near the boat dock which offers a boat shuttle across the lake

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely worth the trek! The final stretch up from Cascade Canyon is definitely snowy right now but the gorgeous lake makes slightly soggy shoes more than worth it :)

backpacking
3 months ago

Lake solitude is beautiful!! Worth the trek

hiking
4 months ago

this trail has everything you ever need: wildflowers, meadows, creeks, forests, peaks, waterfalls, wildlife (3 moose, pikas, beavers, marmots, a deer), topped off with a beautiful lake. it was definitely hard, especially towards the end, but well worth it. we took the 7:30 shuttle ferry and the trail didn't feel overly crowded all day.

hiking
4 months ago

We recently went to the Grand Tetons and this was our main hike for the trip. We did around 15 miles since we took the ferry across Jenny lake. I'll start with a little of our hiking history. My wife and I hike around our home in the Appalachian mountains. Most of the trails are around 5 miles max unless you do the appalachian trail or the tanawha trail. So we aren't exactly in the best of hiking shape, but we're fair. We did 9 miles in the Rocky Mountains before this. But we decided to do the cascade canyon trail since it would be around 9 miles. But after hiking to the trail fork and eating lunch we decided to try it. This was definitely a little too much for us but we powered through and we're so glad we did! This trail is gorgeous the entire way, we saw 3 moose, and amazing views. The lake at the top was still frozen over in late July! This trail is the best way to see a lot that the Grand Tetons has to offer and if you only have limited time to see it all, this is the trail to take if you are able. The cascade canyon trail is very smooth and an easy gain. Lake solitude is more intense with more of a gain and harder terrain but the views and end goal make it worth it. Best trail we've ever been on!

hiking
5 months ago

Originally we had decided to hike up Cascade Canyon and stop at the junction and not go up to Solitude Lake. However, the 4.5 miles up to the intersection is pretty smooth despite the net 2K gain in elevation. Along the way we saw Moose and Elk. We decided to take the trail towards Solitude and we were going to turn at some point. However, the scenery kept getting better and better. We kept going and the trail still had some significant snow patches as we got closer to Solitude (that added some fun, although poles were a must especially on the way down). The lake Solitude bowl was still snowed out and the Lake partially frozen. Overall this 14-mile round trip was probably one of my best hikes ever at any park and I would recommend it as a must if your in the Tetons.

hiking
5 months ago

Best hike ever. Lake was frozen and we had to hike through some snow but worth it all the way!

hiking
5 months ago

If you want the awe and wonder of the Teton Mountains completely surrounding you, this is the perfect hike. NOT easy, especially in June. Expect to see bears, moose, marmots, and other wild creatures, but if you are prepared with bear spray and are willing to hike through the snow (lots of it) with your trekking poles and good shoes with waterproofing, you'll be good to go. Great views and workout. The frozen lake was just starting to thaw. We took the Jenny Lake shuttle rather than adding the extra 3 miles. We had a picnic lunch on a boulder facing the lake before starting back down the mountain. Felt like cross country skiing on the way down at this time of year. One of our favorite hikes of all time.

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing hike. Not heavily trafficked once you pass inspiration point. Saw moose, bear, marmots and more. Spectacular views everywhere. Also after the first 2 miles there is just a steady incline. About 1.5 miles after the split the trail disappears into snow. On June 27th it was incredibly difficult to navigate without proper gear to stabilize footing. We did not make it to the Lake we turned back about a mile short according to GPS. We were told by another couple that the Lake was completely frozen over however.

hiking
5 months ago

Was just up here yesterday, June 17th. Pretty clear up to the forks, the creek was extremely high. Saw tons of marmots the whole hike. A little bit past the fork.. tons of snow. Pretty well packed, couldn't see the trail much. Relied on gps and a set of foot prints and looking at the lay of the land. Won't be coming back up till the snows melted late summer but it was so worth it!

hiking
7 months ago

Did this hike in early September. Views in the canyon were absolutely amazing. One of the most beautiful hikes I've done. Temperature/conditions varied quite a bit along the way, so recommend bringing layers.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

beautiful hike

Monday, September 05, 2016

Great hike. Packed a lunch and ate it in the snow around the lake! The temperature varied greatly on this hike so be sure to take a fleece.

hiking
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Solitude Lake was a great trail with outstanding views of the Tetons. The last 3 miles are a little tough though with steep vertical incline for 3 miles until you reach Solitude Lake. The lake is amazing with great views. However, on the day we went, the second half of the trail was covered with bugs and horseflies. The second half was a little rough with all the horseflies and bug spray will not prevent them from coming towards you. I think we didn't come on a good day for this hike but if there was better conditions, I think the hike would be a whole lot better.

hiking
Friday, July 22, 2016

Hiked in June, and there was snow on the trail on last 2-3 miles. Lake was still mostly frozen. Beautiful trail.

hiking
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Great hike. Absolutely gorgeous views from inside the canyon.

Most of the snow had melted from the mountain around the lake but the lake was plenty cold still (perhaps always). There were moose spotted today. The ranger we spoke with said that it is a little early in the season for the huckleberries to be blooming, so the bears may stay away until then. The only other thing that I'd like to add is that I think the length of the trail varies from the official Park Service information (posted on the trail and provided in documentation). The National Park Service lists it as:

1.7 miles from String Lake trailhead to Cascade Canyon (0.3 miles from String Lake trailhead to where the String Lake trail veers off to go to Jenny Lake and 1.4 miles from there to Cascade Canyon North Fork, horse trail)

From the boat dock (which is probably another 0.2-0.3 miles), the Park Service lists the trail to Lake Solitude as being 15 miles. So, 15 + 2 * (1.7 + 0.2) is 18.8. This calculation doesn't count the extra little bit that you have to walk from the sign marking the end of the trail to the other side of the rock where the lake actually is...if you wanted to physically touch the lake.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

I did this hike in late June on a perfect day. Caught the 7am boat from Jenny Lake for the $5 special and to cut a few miles off the trip. This was not a technically difficult hike or overly strenous but be aware there is alot of wildlife in the park, carry bear spray and hike in small groups to reduce your risks. The scenery is spectacular and gets even better after Cascade Canyon and past the fork to Lake Solitude. The highlight for me was reaching the end if seeing the stunning Lake Solitude alpine lake.

hiking
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Some of the most beautiful terrain in the United States in my opinion. Took the Jenny Lake boat to shave off some miles. The last 2-3 miles were in pretty deep snow (early June) and we post holed quite a few times, but wasn't too bad. Everyone on the trail had bear spray, but didn't see any bears. :(

backpacking
Monday, June 27, 2016

Amazing views throughout. Once you get there, rest your feet in the cool lake. If your up for the challenge, hike over the paintbrush pass.

hiking
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

This is a really awesome hike up to Lake Solitude. We hiked it June 16 and found lots of snow up towards the summit and a frozen lake. The trail is well kept, with clear directions and mileage. We caught the first ferry at 7:00 from South Jenny Lake and returned at around 4:00. Going early is better as you beat the crowds that go up to Inspiration point and then start to thin out after that. However, coming back the large crowd slow down your descend at that same point. We were able to see a pair of Moose. All in all, amazing hike.

hiking
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

we took the ferry and started at 830am and finished at 430pm. we went to the lake and back - we did not do the loop. the national park maps said 14.5 miles out and back but my wife's gps clocked it at 15.4 miles. it was a hard hike because once you get out of the forest cover, its a straight uphill ~4 mile hike. the elevation is a bit less than the normal staircase but it just seemed never ending. i promise you it is worth the effort. it is the most beautiful hike i've ever done and i've been to yellowstone, rocky mountain park and Denali in Alaska. i just kept saying "wow"

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