Phelps Lake Trail

MODERATE 229 reviews
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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

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

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

hiking
20 minutes ago

My first solo hike! Only wildlife I saw was a few chipmunks. Finished the loop in 2.5 hours, so I would rate this trail as easy, not moderate.

hiking
19 hours ago

We hiked this trail August 16th. We enjoyed it but we would rate it as Easy. We had to add side trails up Death Canyon to get our heart rate up.

20 hours ago

Nice little trail. wildflowers are out. The jumping rock is super fun! The water was extremely clear.

hiking
6 days ago

Lots of nice trails to the lake. Went swimming when we arrived and it was amazing. Love the jumping rock!

7 days ago

Hiking is beautiful and moderate. Heard and saw lots of kids wading in the lake Water is pure and clear.

11 days ago

Cool place! Went yesterday. Awesome trails! The jumping rock is great.

18 days ago

Amazing property.

hiking
19 days ago

We hiked this trail from the Rockefeller Preserve, counter clockwise this morning starting around 7:45 am. Our group of 10 loved the hike and it was well worth it getting there early as we were one of the few groups on the trail. We saw a small to middle sized black bear near the Huckleberry area and it knew we were there and we were thrilled to see it eat berries. Once it passed by us, we moved on and our kids then enjoyed jumping off of the Phelps Lake cliff and all 6 of them jumped in to the water off the cliff. This is a definite must hike for the area and it is definitely more easy than moderate for occasional hikers. Rock Chalk baby!

walking
20 days ago

Discovered this trail on our mid September trip last year and it is now my favorite trail! Beautiful views along the trail and I could’ve spent hours at the lake. We even saw a moose in the creek on the way back! Park at Rockefeller.

hiking
21 days ago

A three hour hike around a beautiful lake
An easy ramble for the entire family of hikers.
Outstanding views. Wonderful Moose sighting.
The beach walk does not link back to the main path.

walking
21 days ago

Beautiful hike on the trail today including an up close encounter with a moose! Hiked counter clockwise from the Rockefeller Preserve. Highly recommend this direction. Exceptional views! 8:45am start 12:00pm finish with stops along the way. Abundant wildlife, fortunately No bear sightings, but plenty of droppings along the way.

hiking
29 days ago

Awesome trail! Recommend going early. We hit trail around 7am and managed the just over 7.35 mi hike in just under 4 hours. Recommend huckleberry point on the trail. No bears seen, but dropping’s for sure several points on the trail. Little to no traffic on trail before 10am. As we came back to parking lot, it was packed.
For the real adventurous ones, there is a rock about 30 feet over the water that was fun to jump off into! We took advice and went counter clockwise, rock to jump was about 4.5 miles in. Parked at the preservation center. Everything was beautiful and perfect!

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail. My family and I hiked Phelps Lake and went up to the overlook. Took around 4. 5 hours. I would rate the hike around the lake as easy, and the hike up to the overlook as moderate.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike. Huckleberries were one of the main highlights.

1 month ago

This was my favorite day hike! We went in early June and saw a black bear with her 2 cubs, 2 Moose, these amazing birds at the Lilly pond and a marmot family! Pretty easy and spectacular scenery. I didn’t want it to end!

1 month ago

Awesome trail

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Hiked it counter-clockwise for best views. However, we saw steaming piles of grizzly poop, two large and two smaller. If you look at this thread, one month ago, one grizzly mom and two cubs were seen. Then they closed the trail on the right side a week ago. I can see why. You are definitely entering the home of a grizzly family, so be careful. Carry bear spray. The cubs might now be old enough to be bold and run down to the lake without mama, and you could be caught in the middle. We saw lots of little kids on the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

We did this hike on Thursday. Part of the trail was closed due to bear activity, so we just hiked to the overlook, then turned back. 4 stars only because we got eaten alive by bugs—wear big spray and a lot of it! We saw marmots on the hike, and moose on the drive in.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a fabulous hike. Our family hiked this last week. A portion of the trail was closed due to bear activity, but we did see a Moose and her calf. Fabulous area and not crowded.

hiking
1 month ago

Still beautiful, but half the trail was closed due to bear activity. We did this 4 days ago. we couldn't do the loop counter clockwise, but went pretty far the other way...parked at the preserve parking lot & hiked. the preserve sanctuary museum is wonderful. All & all it was about 9.4 miles. saw a doe & her baby as well as a close up of a momma moose and her baby

hiking
1 month 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.

2 months 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.

2 months ago

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

2 months 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 lake.

hiking
2 months ago

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

2 months 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
2 months 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
3 months 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
5 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
5 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!

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