Leigh Lake Trail

EASY 62 reviews
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Leigh Lake Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Moose, Wyoming that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

7.0 miles
111 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly




nature trips

trail running







wild flowers


no dogs

The Leigh Lake Trail follows the east side of Leigh Lake through a beautiful wooded area. The lake is nestled into a narrow corridor between the road and Mount Woodring and Mount Moran. The trail ends at Bearpaw/Trapper Lakes to the north.

17 days ago

A very easy hike with little to no elevation gain that offers some great views of the mountains framed with Leigh Lake in the foreground.

I suggest starting early -- we got to the parking lot at 9am and were able to park right at the trailhead, and encountered very few people on the trail out. Coming back there were significantly more folks on the trail at all times, and the parking lot was at capacity with people circling for spots @1pm.

There are also extensive portions of the trail that go through the forest which is absolutely filled with mosquitoes. Make sure to DEET up; I also sprayed my clothing with permethrin which worked great.

24 days ago

Agree with previous review; photos cannot do this trail justice. At the early part of the trail there was a little traffic largely Dads and their young sons with backpacks returning from their overnight camping trip. Route scaled Leigh Lake almost all the way with beautiful miniature beaches to be enjoyed along the way. Also some National Park small camping sites. So definitely a trail to bring a lunch and maybe swim gear to linger a while and enjoy. Beautiful meadow VIsta shortly before Bearpaw Lake completely surrounded by the Tetons. We saw no wildlife although due to the breeze rustling through the trees there was a continuous sense of anticipation. Some lovely flowers and beautifully colored butterfly’s. On the return leg we extended the trail up Painbrush Canyon & the views are certainty true to title. Amazingly! We decentded around String Lake and returned to the trailhead via String Lake parking. All in all 16.2 km

10 months ago

Beauty that photos can't capture. Significant traffic, not challenging enough for my preference. Pretty lax. Suitable for very young and the seniors I saw. Family friendly for sure. Great hike.

10 months ago

Great hike with an amazing view at the end! Fiancé and I moved at a brisk pace and made it to the top in slightly over an hour. Gets steep on the later half but we only had to put hands on rocks once. Any half way in shape person can do it!

11 months ago

Nice easy hike. Little elevation change and gorgeous water views the whole walk!

11 months ago

Recommend going early in the morning. The reflection of the mountains in the water is breathtaking.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Great views of the Tetons. Easy and beautiful. Go early and use mosquito repellent. Awesome hike!

Saturday, July 01, 2017

One of the most gorgeous places ever!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Only reason I gave it a 3 is because it was a very easy trail with some heavy traffic and the mosquitoes were unbearable. Other than that the trail and views are so pretty. Maybe do this trail but not at dusk.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Fun family trail. During peak season way too many people.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Easy trail with great views. A bit less crowded than Jenny Lake trail.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Nice trail along the east side of Leigh Lake, add String Lake for a nice hike. Great views of the Tetons along the way.

Friday, October 21, 2016

The views here are like a movie. Greatest campsite I ever had was right on the bank of this lake. Water was Chrystal clear. Lake was completely still when we were there. Reflections of the mountains were so clear you couldn't distinguish between mountains and mountain reflection. Great backpacking trip for a beginner. Very family friendly.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

We did this trail at the strong recommendation of someone from the Colter Bay activities desk, as it appears that they're trying to steer people away from Jenny Lake, with all of the construction and the recent fire (e.g., Hidden Falls was off limits, and they said that only 20% of the parking was available around Jenny Lake). So, we gave it a go and it was ok, I guess. It was shaded for the most part, the foliage was nice and there are lake views, but it didn't have the majestic sense or the rigor that we found in other hikes in either the Tetons or Gallatin. A very easy hike, with views of the lake and mountains, and there's something to be said for that, anyway.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Phenomenal trail. We've been to GTNP 3 times and only hiked this trail the last visit in late May 2016. Fairly easy hike, unless you add the String Lake Loop to it, then it becomes moderate. We hiked this all the way to Trapper Lake and back and experienced gorgeous, cool, sunny skies, clouds, snow, blizzard, snow, sunny skies, clouds.....in that order. But even in the snow the view across the Leigh Lake was awesome with the mountains in the mist. Best if the lake is glass smooth like it is in the morning.

Friday, July 08, 2016

It was great for the whole family. Fairly easy all the way. Some of the most spectacular views anywhere!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

We approached this one from String Lake and followed the trail up Leigh Lake's east side. After seeing one bear walk just a few feet in front of us at the north end of String Lake, we were a bit jumpy. Saw another bear close to the path ahead of us when we were approaching Leigh Lake's north end, and since we hadn't seen another hiker for over ten minutes, we decided it would be a good time to turn around. Great hike and beautiful lake, hikes like this one make me want to spend all summer in the Tetons.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Nice walk to this lake through the busy area of the park near String Lake. Leigh lake itself was absolutely gorgeous & quiet. We even saw a moose & mule deer along the path to the lake. You can see a lot of activity w/ swimmers & paddle boarders on String Lake - but once you get to Leigh lake you'll only see the occasional hiker. Bring your flyrod ... I brought a spinning reel, but no luck. The fish were jumping all around. We're absolutely amazed at the clarity of the water here!!

Saturday, March 08, 2014

One of our favorite hikes while in Wyoming and the Grand Tetons. Did in late September. Saw plenty of wild life including marmot. Can't wait to go back to hike more trails.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

absolutely beautiful trail and great weather for hiking in . me and some friends went to the Tetons in august 2011 and are dieing to return. beware the bear tho

Saturday, November 05, 2011

We hiked this trail on our way to Bear Paw Lake. We were two families with six young kids total. Very doable with children. Once you pass String Lake and come to Leigh Lake, it travels mostly along the Eastern side of the lake. The views of Leigh Lake, with the Teton Range looming just to the West, are fantastic. In Summer, the crowds are moderate.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Great hike for non-hiker to feel part of the scene. Very pleasant, even on a warm day. Trail follows lake under evergreen trees for quite a nice potion. Places to take your boots off and cool your toes. Start in morning to avoid crowds. (Saw 1 person on way out, about 12 on way back.)

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