Swan Lake and Heron Pond Trail [CLOSED]

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Grand Teton National Park

Swan Lake and Heron Pond Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Moran, Wyoming that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

Distance: 3.2 miles Elevation Gain: 236 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. 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.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful views of mountains— family favorite no matter the season.

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8 months ago

Great trail to start acclimating and no steep climbs. Lake views beautiful, sage meadows, moose conditions perfect today but moose had other plans.

Mixed a few of the trails. The path was great. Easy walking

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9 months ago

Being bug spray!

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10 months ago

Nice family/gentle hike through forest, meadows and lake shore. pretty flowers and lilies on the lakes. some beautiful views too. downsides were a lot of horse poop on the trail as it must be used by the local horse pack operation and subsequently there are a lot of flies. ok if you keep walking but I wouldn't recommend stopping. Saw a grizzly when we were 100yards from the end of the hike, which was exciting,

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bugs
11 months ago

Hiking is under a lot of shade from large trees- lots of bugs in the evening- smooth trails but signage is mediocre- bring a map- it is easy to get turned around. Not a bad hike- has some nice views of mountains.

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muddy
11 months ago

11 months ago

completed 6.4.19 OK hike. Nice alpine trail except that it is also a horse trail, so we had to dodge horse piles along the way. Pretty but not spectacular. This is a quick and easy hike. We enjoyed spending time by Jackson Lake more than seeing Swan Lake.

hiking
11 months ago

Small hike but nothing special. The lakes are covered in Lilly pads. I would only do this hike when you’ve done most of the others. We did the lakeshore hike which is nearby and wanted more miles for the day so we chose this one.

Wed Oct 17 2018

Nice short easy hike toward hermitage point but turned off to herron pond and swan lake. Saw several swans in swan lake. Beautiful view of the mountains initially

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Wed Aug 15 2018

Nice and easy, especially if you’ve been doing more challenging stuff recently. Done with my 14-year-old hiking enthusiasts… Good for an end of the day leg stretch. Some horse droppings through to being shared I packed trips. Very pretty, nearly flat.

Fri Aug 03 2018

Can get lost around dusk if you don’t track main trail. Alltrails was super accurate even without downloaded map.

Sat Jul 21 2018

started around noon but had a lot of shade. easy walk and great lunch spot next to Heron Pond (big log with amazing view) - would have done the full hermitage loop but had limited time. osprey on swan lake. active bear warning but never saw or heard any...

Fri Aug 04 2017

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.

bird watching
Tue Aug 18 2015

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

hiking
Fri Aug 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
Sun Feb 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!

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