Swan Lake and Heron Pond Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews
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Swan Lake and Heron Pond Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Moran, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
252 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Starting from the Hermitage Point trailhead, this hike skirts Colter Bay's eastern shore and heads south on Hermitage Service Road. At the next trail intersection turn right onto Jackson Lake Overlook Trail. continue south, bypass Hermitage Point Cutoff on your left, and follow the eastern shore of Heron Pond to an intersection with Hermitage Point Trail. Turn right at this intersection. After departing from Heron Pond, the trail continues south. Eventually, the trail enters an open sage meadow, continue through the open meadows as your hike takes you north along the eastern shoreline of Hermitage Point. Pass the designated campsite and Hermitage Point Cutoff trail by staying right, then turn left at the next intersection with another Hermitage Point Cutoff. From here the trail goes over a tiny hill and terminates at a four-way intersection with Swan Lake Trail and Jackson Lake Overlook Trail. Stay right to join Swan Lake Trail. Swan Lake Trail skirts the western edge of Swan Lake. Once you've departed Swan Lake, turn right at the next intersection with a connector trail, and the trail finishes back where you started.

3 months ago

3 months ago

Family hiked this trail with the ranger led group which starts at 1:00 pm. The hike was 3 miles long and lasted 3 hours - not sure why AllTrails says it's 8 miles even the trail map matches. It was very nice and easy. We saw a pair of trumpeter swans and a beaver den. A great view of the mountains across the lake.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
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hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

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Monday, August 29, 2016

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Saturday, June 04, 2016

birding
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Fun hike with the kids. Lots of birds, including a Trumpeter Swan on Swan Lake.

hiking
Friday, August 09, 2013

This is an easy-to-moderate loop located in the Colter Bay area of the park. It offers a nice stroll through some natural bird habitats, as well as decent views of the Tetons through some sections. Overall, this trail is appropriate for most ages, as the elevational change is pretty minimal.

snowshoeing
Sunday, February 24, 2013

it was a fun little loop to do during the winter. Not very many roads are plowed during the winter so we had few options. But it was worth the little trip. Has some awesome views!