Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes Trail

HARD 79 reviews
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Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes Trail is a 9.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Moose, Wyoming that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September.

DISTANCE
9.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2975 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

rocky

snow

no dogs

Wyoming Business Council Tourism Office, Frank Norris Jr. Travel Center, I-25 & College Drive , Cheyenne, WY, 82002-0660, Phone: 307-777-7777, Fax: 307-777-6472

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2 days ago

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3 days ago

considering how hot and uphill this trail is, it was definitely a good idea for us to start early. the lakes at the top are totally worth the hard climb. we also saw a brown black bear eating berries close to the trail.

hiking
3 days ago

Really good hike if you're looking to get a good work out in. The incline is no joke! The lakes at the end are breathtaking. Very nice to sit, relax, and enjoy a sandwich and a snack or two!

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4 days ago

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13 days ago

nice workout with a fabulous lake as the reward. we started at around 8am and saw a black bear near the trail about 2 miles in.

hiking
13 days ago

The trail passes through lots of meadows thick with wildflowers, sagebrush flats, rich forest, and some naked rock, giving a nice, varied experience. The hike is strenuous. The last 1.5 mi of switchbacks are not shown on Google Maps. I heard there is a path to Delta Lake from this trail (my intended, moderately difficult destination), but the map at the trailhead didn't show it. What I thought could be its trail was closed for revegetation. So I continued to Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes ignorant of the elevation ahead. But it was worth it. Beautiful lakes set in the mountains. Some snow mounds were still left in the meadows alongside the trail by the lake (now in early August). Saw a black bear twice in forest alongside the trail.

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24 days ago

Long uphill climb with tons of switchbacks. Not technical at all, gets monotonous. The views throughout are gorgeous though as are the lakes to make it worth while.

29 days ago

Stunning views, worth every switchback and sore muscles! When at Surprise Lake, make sure to go around the lake to get an amazing view of the valley!

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Gorgeous hike! Worth every switchback!

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Awesome hike. Be prepared to lose the trail when it is still snow on top. It was a moderate hike for me, but the last half mile was challenging because of the slippery mushy snow. And this is in July.

1 month ago

This is a must do. I felt the hike was moderate until the last half mile, because of the soft snow. Be prepared for the snow, even in July. Outstanding views.

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1 month ago