Phelps Lake Trail

MODERATE 139 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

no dogs

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 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
5 months ago

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

6 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.

6 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
6 months ago

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

7 months ago

Petite rando offrant de superbes vues sur le massif des Teton

7 months ago

Perfect hike!

7 months ago

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

hiking
7 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
8 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
8 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
8 months ago

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

8 months ago

Saw a moose. Day made.

hiking
8 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
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

Excellent views. Outstanding wildflowers. Pristine lake and streams.

hiking
8 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.

8 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
8 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
8 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.

9 months ago

We went at this through Death Canyon - it's the way to go - you avoid the tourists and get to the serious hiking right away. About 10 miles as a loop.

Beautiful loop trail - accessed from Rockefeller preserve. Not too hard, well maintained, some bugs - bring your spray just in case. Serene and inspiring.

9 months ago

Great, scenic trail. It's actually very easy, the moderate rating I think is due to distance only. I used this trail to getting into death canyon since my car couldn't use the road to death canyon TH. Parking lot was empty when I got there at 8 am; when I left a 1 pm, there was a line of at least 20 cars waiting for a parking spot. go early!

hiking
9 months ago

Listen to others about getting in early, we were a little late starting and ended up having to wait 20 minutes for a parking spot.

The hike itself was easy with little gain though pretty populated.

We went swimming off Jump Rock about a mile around the lakes north side. Lots of people and freezing cold water in late June, but absolutely beautiful views.

hiking
9 months ago

Only hiked to the lake and back on both trails. Very enjoyable, beautiful lake. Great photo op.

hiking
9 months ago

We hiked Phelps Lake to the overlook on the Death Canyon Trail. We originally wanted to do it from the other direction but the park ranger warned us that the road to the trail head for the Death Canyon was very rough and you need a high clearance vehicle to get there (we just didn't want to risk the rental car) but it was a super beautiful hike! Definitely not too steep either and we did it easily with a baby on the back. The overlook had a very nice view of the lake though we wished we could see a bit more of the mountains. All in all a very good hike. Go early in the day because the parking lot gets full fast! When we finished there was a line of cars waiting to take the spots of people leaving.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice outing. Pretty tail through wooded area. The lake was very pretty, still, and the reflection was beautiful. Many amazing wildflowers to marvel at: we saw blue, pink, red, yellow, and white flowers. Only fault of the trail was that it was very buggy. Go early as well, parking lot isn't too big and it gets crowded. Parts of the tail were also flooded.

10 months ago

Nice trail, looking for moose!

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