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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.

Length 16.0 mi Elevation gain 2,637 ft Route type Out & Back
Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Snowshoeing Bird watching Forest Lake River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Rocky Snow No dogs
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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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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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BackpackingGreat!

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 Macciocchi
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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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HikingRocky

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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Sampath Duddu
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Very hard but few people do it so it's super peaceful when you get there; we even saw a bear from afar. The hike goes through the canyon and there are some insane mountain range views. It takes a long time so you can see the mountains in different lights

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Joshua Joshua Lee
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Rob Morgan
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Great hike with beautiful views of the Tetons. Very crowded.

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Rob Morgan
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Amazing.... and hard

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David Harris
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Great loop, did counter clockwise

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Jonathan Adams
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I went up Paintbrush and down Cascade, really can’t imagine coming down Paintbrush just past the divide, lots of loose rock. One section of snow to cross, maybe 15 yards — I did it in hiking boots with trekking poles. Cascade got pretty crowded going back down, lots of “pulling over” for folks headed up. Started around 6:30 a.m., finished in 9.5 hours.

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Jeff Bennett
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Fabulous hike, I highly recommend it!

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Megan Graff
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One of my favorite hikes I've ever done! Started from the Jenny Lake shuttle ride (saves your legs about 4-5 miles) and hiked Cascade Canyon to the fork then hiked to Solitude. The hike is definitely more challenging than Cascade Canyon. You are gaining elevation most of the way and most of the terrain is rocky which can get tough on your feet. Would suggest real hiking shoes versus sandals or gym shoes. The trail goes through the canyon with beautiful views of waterfalls, rock slides, and wild flowers the entire way. The lake is beautiful at the top and pretty chilly so not suitable for swimming (unless you like polar plunging!). Highly recommend this hike!

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S P
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Incredible views! Difficult hike (uphill), but totally worth it! We saw moose!

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Tejas Pande
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Bridget Berry
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This was truly one of the best hikes I’ve done. Very little steep climbing, just gradual incline or flat most the way. Wildlife are up close and personal but don’t seem to even notice people. Leave them alone and they will leave you alone. Saw 6 moose and two bears. Wildflowers are beautiful once you get on the solitude trail. The hike is long and took us nearly all day. Took a refreshing swim in the lake at the end. Bring lots of water and snacks! Views the whole way.

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William Ross
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