Phelps Lake Trail

MODERATE 107 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 is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until September.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
987 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

camping

hiking

walking

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
3 days 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
5 days 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
6 days ago

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

11 days ago

Saw a moose. Day made.

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17 days 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
18 days ago

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

hiking
18 days ago

Excellent views. Outstanding wildflowers. Pristine lake and streams.

hiking
18 days 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.

20 days ago

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21 days 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
21 days ago

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21 days 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
25 days 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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