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
2982 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
3 days 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
1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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.

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9 months ago

beautiful hike

9 months ago

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
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

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
11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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
11 months ago

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
11 months ago

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
Sunday, September 13, 2015

camping
Thursday, September 03, 2015

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"