Lake Solitude Trail is a 16 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Alta, Wyoming that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September.

Length16 miElevation gain2637 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Grand Teton National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70.

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 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

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Daniel Arcos
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Malcolm Fildier
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HikingGreat!

Very easy trail to follow with amazing views from the very start (Jenny lake) until the end in the canyon up to the lake. The hike is hard because of its length but not technical. On the way back we missed the turn left at the fork and went to inspiration point and had to turn back (at roughly 3.5km from the start). We had snow only during the last two miles (as of October 21st). We saw three moose and lots of friendly chipmunks. Amazing hike, worth the effort.

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Nicole Gabaldon
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A good variety of challenge and enjoyable. Amazing views! Lots of snow around Lake Solitude mid October but getting there was so rewarding. This hike is not for the faint of heart, definitely a lot of uphill.

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Carisa Bohnak
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This hike is purely outstanding. It will start you near string lake, take you around Jenny Lake and then up through cascade canyon. The stretch that hikes adjacent to inspiration point is a bit of an incline but not bad. Agree that cascade canyon is more moderate than difficult. The 2.7 mile stretch to Solitude has the most gorgeous, insane views I’ve ever seen. The fall colors make it so beautiful you just can’t help but stop and be so thankful you can see it. Agree the last 0.5- 1 mile is effectively pure rock. Well trafficked enough on a Saturday I felt safe making the hike solo (with bear spray! :)) closer to 18.6 round trip since the Jenny lake boat dock is closed as of 9/30. Enjoy!!

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Jake Canaan
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Gabrielle Cook
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I went in a group of 4 and we all agreed that this was our favorite hike EVER! While Lake Solitude is beautiful (we thought Delta was prettier), we loved this hike because of the views the entire journey! The cascade canyon piece of the hike was incredibly gorgeous the whole way. We started at 8am, walked around Jenny lake to get to the trailhead, took little breaks throughout and a lunch break at Lake Solitude, and was able to catch the last ferry back at 4pm. Hidden falls is worth a stop on the way. The short way from Hidden Falls to Inspiration Point is steep elevation gain, but the entire cascade canyon hike was easy. Then halfway through the lake solitude piece there was steep elevation gain again. For reference, the ferry is running 10am-4pm right now ($10 one way, $18 round trip). We had to wait in a little line for the way back. If you’re planning to do the entire Lake Solitude trail, you won’t be able to make the ferry both there and back, unless you’re a super fast hiker

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Jacob Morrison
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This is one of my favorite trails of all time, not just because of the pride in completing such a difficult hike. The views are amazing the entire way, whether you can see Jenny Lake from Inspiration point, or you have 360 views of the mountain during the other 13 miles of the trail. This is not an easy hike though, so I would recommend a warmup hike around the shore of Jenny Lake the day prior to attempting. Wildlife is very common around the trail, particularly chimpunks,

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Cameron Pizzo
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I loved this hike! This was my first solo hike. I had so much fun. I saw a moose on the trail about 10 feet away from me. I highly suggest this hike as a backpacking trip however, I just did it as a day hike.

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JUAN VALLE
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Jeffrey Brzozowski
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Beautiful views of the canyon going both ways. Wind picked up in the afternoon. Little shade once up the north canyon

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Nate Tyson
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Absolutely stunning views in both directions, and a chance to really test your resolve in the last mile or so.

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Cara Pauley
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Alec Birch
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Nice views. Very little shade and some areas of deadfall. Well maintained trail with a very nice lake at the top.

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Colin Welker
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Trail was great! We left the south Jenny lake parking lot at about 6:30 a.m. and didn’t see anyone until we got past inspiration point. We say 5 moose on the trail, which was awesome. The last 1.5 miles were a heck of a climb up to lake solitude as it is exposed in the sun and very rocky. The way down was pleasant; however, it got very crowded once we were back in the canyon. We aimed to take the ferry back but it was a 45 minute wait so we opted to walk the trail back which was a little bit more than I would have liked. Round trip was 20 miles and about 2,700 feet of elevation gain. The canyon and lake are gorgeous. If you have a day; do it. The smoke from fires was pretty bad but the views in the canyon were much clearer.

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Megan Johns
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Amazing hike. The views of the Tetons between cascade canyon and lake solitude are unbeatable. The entire trail is pretty rocky. Your feet will definitely take a beating but the majority of the trail is relatively flat. Only a couple sections with steep incline. Started from the string lake overlook trailhead (first parking lot by north Jenny Lake junction) and it was 1.7 additional miles to walk around the lake to the trailhead. Clocked 18 miles total.

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chris ochmanek
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Hiked about a week ago. Go early, it gets crowded. Totally worth going the extra 3 miles after the fork of cascade canyon, although it is a tougher incline. Beautiful views and the lake was great although it does get more crowded. Long hike and the wait for the boat back was 45 minutes.

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Adi Debel
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Peter Morin
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Ryan OConnor
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Hike is actually 17.8 miles (6.2 from parking lot to fork and 2.7 along north fork to the lake). Not a strenuous hike, but very long. Took me 8 hours and 2.5 L of water. Fantastic views, though not much solitude at the lake unless you leave early.

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Rachel Macc
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Hikes the out-and-back day hike on Saturday 9/11 and it was awesome! From String Lake parking to Lake Solitude is NOT 16 miles - it’s definitely 18. Worth it, and a very gradual incline making this a not too strenuous hike besides the distance! Saw 2 large moose, pika, marmots, and no bears. The options of where to start this trail confused us a bit - check out the 3 hiking options we wrote up with photos at www.seekingoursomeday.com/lakesolitude. Also check out @seekingoursomeday on IG.

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Deanna Graham
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Outstanding trail and worth the day trip! On the way there, that last 2.7 to the lake is a tough incline and mostly in the sun, plan accordingly... go early to avoid the crowds

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Mark Spencer
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Fantastic. The view from Paintbrush Divide was spectacular

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Aditya Retnanto
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Kevin P
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Very cool hike. A long day. Beautiful views. A lot of wildlife (moose, deer, chipmunk, squirrel, pika, fox). Felt fairly crowded at times, especially with narrowed trail due to snow at points up high. Overall worth the effort. Plan for a full day. We took our time but were around 18 miles and 9 hours from the string lake trailhead.

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Yiran Tong
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We started from the west bank boat dock and finished in 8 hours plus hanging out around Lake Solitude. The trail was busy on Labor Day weekend, but the weather was beautiful. View in cascade canyon is definitely stunning. Wish I brought a water filter because it was very dry, we finished almost 2L water each person but still feel like wanting more. Brought a hammock to take a rest at the lake. I wish we were more energetic to check out paint brush trail that extends to the other direction of the lake and leads to top mountain. Will do the loop next time!

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