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Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes Trail is a 8.9 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 is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, bird watching, and fishing and is best used from May until September.

Length 8.9 mi Elevation gain 2,942 ft Route type Out & Back
Fishing Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Blowdown Rocky Snow No dogs
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Getting There

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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Wes Hardgrove
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Well marked, up hill all the way, but never too steep. Lake was gorgeous. There’s also a little trail to one of the peaks over it, which is worth scrambling up for a good view of the valley if you’re steady on your hands/ feet.

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Jason Farr
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Michael Reifsnider
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HikingGreat!

Awesome trail. Easy to follow and not very crowded. Our round trip distance was about 10.83 miles but we had to park out along the access road. Beautiful day for a hike! When you get to Amphitheater Lake, go to the left. If you go right, the best views will be hidden by the trees.

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Edward Sauvain
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Salim Fadel
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This is a great hike! It's all uphill, but it's doable and the views are worth it. Really enjoyed sitting by Surprise Lake and Amphitheatre Lake once you get to the top. For those scared of heights but love to hike, this is a great option!

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Casey Stead
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Richard Bergeaux
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11 or so miles beautiful worth it

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Maggie Gray
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Tough hike, but both lakes were beautiful! Well worth it.

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Sam G
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Great hike with a lot of elevation to earn your way up to the top. Views of lakes below are great on the way, higher up its green mixed with these beautiful white boulders and then the lakes are amazing and serene. Early morning they were super still with perfect reflections on the water, very quiet, very cold for a refreshing plunge. If you're trying to add on Delta lake as well we did these first then Delta second which was a bit easier since the way to Delta is very short/steep so not a ton to add on and beautiful as well. Lots more people going to Delta vs surprise/amphitheater were much quieter.

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Romney Mathewson
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Excellent. We went up the gully above amphitheater lake and did not take an actual trail to the top.

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Clare MacLean
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HikingGreat!

The climb is difficult but the views of the lake are totally worth it. We hit Delta lake on our way back as well, which made it extra challenging (hitting all three took us 7 hours total).

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Nick Berg
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Very strenuous, but very worth it. Incline for virtually the entire hike, but the views get better and better as you go. We swam in both lakes, which are absolutely breathtaking, to cool off. Bearable temps in mid-September.

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Dan Tillery
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Awesome.

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S&C LeBaron
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Amazing hike! Great views with two beautiful lakes as a payoff at the top. The trail was not busy at all today. We left just after 9am and got to Amphitheater lake in two hours ten minutes. The trail was about half shaded that time of the morning with the most sun on the switch back portion. If you are conditioned, don’t let the hard classification deter you from this hike... the views are worth it.

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Nicky Lombardi
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William Fountain
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awesome

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Brenna Walsh
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Challenging up but worth the view at the end before the descent back. Saw a marmot and some deer.

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David Bridgers
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Awesome but it is all up and down. Worth the walk

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Christina Appleby
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HikingGreat!

Lots and lots of up on the way to the lakes, but the switchbacks make it bearable. I saw three bucks and one elk on my way up. The lakes were absolutely gorgeous. Thankfully I started at 6:20am because on the way down I counted over 300 people heading up the trail!

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Jonathan Rahmani
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Incredible trail. Couldn’t have asked for a better hike.

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Erik Ellefson
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Agata Zawierucha
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Beautiful but hard

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Candis Clark
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Great views! Saw a cute little marmot. People along the way said they saw a bear cub. Overall fantastic hike and not overly busy at the time we went

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Andrew Ting
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Lovely

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Aaron Frye
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Trail was good, however in shady areas it was fairly icy in the morning. By afternoon everything was easy to navigate. As it warms up tomorrow (9/9/20) it will be even better!

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Trent Pickens
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Trudged over snow turned ice made parts a bit dicey but overall a great hike!

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