Phelps Lake Trail

MODERATE 164 reviews
#6 of 88 trails in

Phelps Lake Trail is a 7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Jackson, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
725 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

no dogs

Directions from Moose: Go left at the Moose Wilson Road and travel southwest on road to Death Canyon Trailhead.

hiking
2 days ago

This trail is a must this time of year for plant life and flowers. We took on the trail clockwise around the lake detouring a couple miles up Death Canyon. If you look at the lake a as clock face 6 to I o’clock offer the verity of plant and animal life. The vistas were great. As parking is limited arrive early. The good news less parking equals less people.

7 days ago

This trail is less popular than the others in its category (Jenny, Taggart, Bradley) but offers a quiet, peaceful, and serene hike through various terrains. My group had various ages (25yrs old to 60yrs old) and all enjoyed and were comfortable. I would recommend hiking the lake counter clockwise for the best views. The lake is beautiful and the streams are great lunch spots. I would highly recommend as a moderate day hike for the occasional hiker.

18 days ago

Great Views on the hike! We saw plenty of wildlife including 3 Moose, 4 water snakes and a deer!

18 days ago

Simple little hike. The road up gets bumpy and a sign suggests 4 wheel drive, but it is not needed. The best views come on full hike, the outlook is fine but you want to go full way to get the mountain peaks over the lane.

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful views around the lake, with many people even jumping off rocks into the lake!

26 days ago

The locals told us it was the most beautiful view that money can buy...because the Rockefeller family had a home on the lake. It was spectacular and just sorry we didn’t catch sight of the mama grizzly and her cubs!

hiking
1 month ago

A superb trail with everything, amazing vistas, wildlife including a mother grisly and 2 cubs within 30 feet- quite uninterested in us, deer, and lots of ground animals. Great elevation changes, some open areas, and generally very easy footing. Superb lake side trails.

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic view of Phelps lake and the mountains! A mama bear and her two cubs decided to join us on the trail. Bear spray is a MUST. We Parked at the nature preserve then once we got to the lake we hiked clockwise. This put most of the difficult part of the trail at the beginning, so by the end when our kiddos were tired, we were rolling easy. We also encountered a moose that was grazing on the trail. It took us a bit to get him to move, but eventually he decided to move on so we could get by. The trail ended up being 8 miles. There were a lot of wet areas around the back of the lake from all the snow melt but nothing too deep.

hiking
3 months ago

I did an abbreviation of this hike - totaled about 5 miles. We went out to the jumping-rock, which was great.

Did this in mid-July and the lake was freezing (not surprising since it’s fed by glacial runoff).

hiking
3 months ago

Catching up on some reviews, so recognize that this hike was done mid-October. Nice, quite trail with a fair amount of snow. We were warned about bear sightings in the area earlier that morning, but we didn't see any. However, after returning to our car and driving down the road a bit, we did come across a momma bear and two cubs!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful peaceful trail located within the Rockefeller Preserve. I’ve done this trail 3-4x. One note able time was when we turned a corner and a rather large black bear was sitting on the trail eating berries. Definitely recommend...

hiking
7 months ago

went last saturday.. pretty easy hike and stayed for about an hour. I still smell like sulphur but totally worth it

8 months ago

Phenomenal just barely moderate hike. We started at the LSR preserve, not the Death Canyon trailhead, and did the whole loop. We began around 8:45am and there was only one other car in the lot. When we finished around 1:00pm it was nearly full, though. It was a quiet, secluded hike up until the last few miles when we were on our way back down. Definitely recommend following the loop counter-clockwise for optimal views.

8 months ago

Loved this hike! Thought it was really easy for a high peak...like everyone else has said, the first 3 miles are flat with a tiny gradual descent with no rocks. There are a couple of look out spots along the way. The last mile is killer and seems never ending, but it's worth it!

hiking
8 months ago

We took the short hike of just to the lake and back .. A nice hike with plenty to see .

9 months ago

Petite rando offrant de superbes vues sur le massif des Teton

9 months ago

Perfect hike!

9 months ago

Great hike with lake views. Saw deer and told there were bears there too.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail around a beautiful lake. Moderate is a fair assessment parking is limited and they don't allow overflow parking so get there early.

hiking
10 months ago

Phenomenal hike! The lake is gorgeous. We hiked this with an extended family group, and it's a great one for kids. The only elevation is in the first mile to get up to the lake, and then it's pretty much flat all the way round--so even though it's 7 miles, it's very doable for kids.

We arrived at 7:30am and were one of the only cars there. By the time we got back around 1:00, it was pretty full.

The jumping rock is around 2 miles from the start. We spent an hour or so jumping, which was a blast!

hiking
10 months ago

One of the best hikes we did in our 4-day trip to the Tetons. We didn't do the full loop and just hiked to the south side of the lake, but the views were lovely once we reached the lake and the trial was fairly easy. The trailhead parking lot is small (purposefully) so go early or late (we went at 4pm on a July day and about 1/4 of the parking lot was open).

hiking
10 months ago

One of my favorite hikes to date! You get a little bit of everything and a stunning view of Phelps Lake throughout!

10 months ago

Saw a moose. Day made.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike today. Signs of bears on the trail: fresh scat and digging in trees/logs for grubs. Huckleberries are in season too. Make noise, carry bear spray, hike with a friend and have fun!

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike views are great. Parking is limited so trails are light. A lot of wildlife to view as well.

hiking
10 months ago

Excellent views. Outstanding wildflowers. Pristine lake and streams.

hiking
10 months ago

Excellent day hike with beautiful views of the lake and mountains! Arrive early in the day or later in the afternoon to avoid waiting for a parking spot.

10 months ago

This trail is wonderful. We did it today and my teenage sons and I jumped off the rock at least ten times. Go EARLY or you will wait for a parking spot. The new Rockefeller visitor's center is beautiful and for people who appreciate all that Jackson has to offer.

hiking
10 months ago

Nicely marked trails and even got a root beer float and crazy stories from "Black George" park ranger after hike. My 10 year old at the time, had to jump off 30 ft rock into freezing Phelps lake. He has been jumping off high rocks every since!

hiking
10 months ago

Such a special hike. HIGHLY recommended. We saw a beaver, a lot of pika and chipmunks. The hike doesn't feel like a 7 mile hike because of the fairly flat and manageable terrain. Bring your swim suit. There is a beach about half way through and then a large rock/cliff that you can jump off into. These were the only two points on the trail that felt crowded. We ended up picking a more private area and getting some swimming in. Very chilly and refreshing water.

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