Moose Meadows Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews

Moose Meadows Trail is a 9.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Wilson, Wyoming that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and cross country skiing and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.8 miles
3,549 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

cross country skiing




wild flowers


Moose Meadows trail (038) is a 9.2 mile out and back trail in the Jedediah Smith Wilderness. The trail begins at the Coal Creek Trailhead just a few miles east of Victor, ID. The trail is primarily used for hiking and cross-country skiing. A sign on Wyoming Highway 22 marks the beginning of the trail. After 2.3 miles of moderately steep hiking, Coal Creek Meadows is reached, whose deep grass and large spring make a beautiful campsite. Another .3 miles leads to the Coal Creek-Mequite Canyon divide and an intersection with a trail to Phillips Pass. From there 2.0 miles of moderate hiking down Mequite Canyon presents Moose Meadows, an area filled with large beaver ponds and grassy meadows frequently used as campsites. After an unbridged and sometimes hazardous crossing of Moose Creek, the trail intersects Moose Creek Trail.

10 months ago

Nearly every step of this trail is paved with wildflowers. The sound of the creek rushing past and the iconic peak of the grand Teton ahead, I'd be surprised if another trail of similar difficulty in the area truly outshines Moose Meadows. While the trail gains a bit of elevation, it's fairly short, so an eager hiker could squeeze it in before leaving town or a more leisurely group could take it easily and enjoy the views without really breaking a sweat. There were many, many spots that looked like the perfect place to set up camp along the trail. Perhaps my favorite quality of all this trail had to offer is it's peacefulness. As moose meadows is outside of GTNP, we only encountered a handful of other hikers or backpackers when we hiked the trail on a very high volume day for GTNP and the surrounding area for viewing direct totality of the solar eclipse. This was truly a fantastic place to enjoy the solitude of the outdoors--and if you really want this to be the Best Day Ever, I recommend stopping at Moo's ice cream on the way back and enjoying it riverside behind the Bagels shop next door.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Very good. A bit hard, but really good.

10 months ago

Saturday, April 16, 2016