Explore the most popular birding trails near Alta with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

If you are going to make this much effort go to Table Rock. This is just as hard without the view of the Tetons at the end.

Breathtaking hike. Saw several moose and 2 bears. Be sure to dedicate an entire day to this hike, took us 8 hours.

hiking
3 months ago

Unbelievable. Best trail we were able to hike during our 10 day trip. Absolutely incredible views.

Arrived at Jenny Lake right at 8am to take the ferry, saved several hours of daylight to avoid the loop trail around the lake. I would say almost a necessity to knock out the whole hike in a single day.

Saw about 5 moose along the way.

Must do if you are in the Tetons and are looking to hike.

Took us a few tries but we made it! The trail disappeared with the snow so it was tricky. If there is a lot of snow, I recommend going with someone who is experienced with the trail.

Great hike, beautiful views. you can see the Tetons very clearly from the top. The summit is pretty rocky (some of it loose) heading downward towards Mary's saddle.

hiking
7 months ago

Definitely worth the trek! The final stretch up from Cascade Canyon is definitely snowy right now but the gorgeous lake makes slightly soggy shoes more than worth it :)

My wife and I did this hike in 3 days for our first backcountry camping trip. While we did a copious amount of planning and research for the Yellowstone portion of our trip later that week, we most assuredly did not for Grand Teton, and took whatever walk-in permit the park had available. Needless to say, we were not prepared for how demanding this hike would be.

We started our journey from String Lake and made our way up Paintbrush Divide, where we found an incredible campsite on a ledge overlooking Leigh Lake to spend our first night.

All was well, until on day 2 I was hit with a bout of altitude sickness. Moving a few feet per minute, it was the most miserable 4 miles of hiking I've ever experienced—rounding every corner and seeing more incline was a constant blow to my psyche. Once we reached the top, however, it was all worth it, as the views were breathtaking. As soon as we started heading down the backside into Cascade Canyon, I immediately felt like myself again. We stopped at the pristine Lake Solitude to fill up and made our way down the trail a bit to set up camp for the night.

Day 3 was a slow descent back towards Jenny Lake, where we were ecstatic to see the first signs of the parking lot, barely able to contain our excitement at the thought of taking off our hiking boots and dropping our packs.

TL;DR This was an absolutely stunning hike—we just weren't prepared for the physical toll it would take.

hiking
8 months ago

To be honest, I had a mild case of elevation sickness on the last meters but I was a beginner at that time. This trail is stunningly beautiful and highly recommended! Huge pay-off moment, totally worth it!

hiking
8 months ago

Tough switchbacks and some steep loose Rocky sections make for a tough climb but the breath taking view at the end makes it all worth it

a pretty tough hike but well worth it can't wait to go back

My new favorite hike in the Teton range.

This roughly 20 mile loop will take you into some magnificent high mountain basins strewn with lakes and streams. Some of the most gorgeous scenery in the region can be found on these trails.

The first three miles is a gentle slope up through the South Leigh Creek canyon. At roughly four miles in, you'll encounter a rather long set of switchbacks, from which you begin to see the Grand Teton. These switchbacks carry you up the mountainside to a large open meadow (in which we saw several day beds). The trail then takes you to the far end of this meadow, at which point you head up the ridge before dropping into Granite Basin.

The trail only takes you by one of the lakes in Granite Basin. However, it's a great place to stop and take in the scenery, and to filter some water. As lovely as this lake is, it only gets better from here.

After the lake, you'll ascend up another ridge into a large plateau that sits right around 9500 feet. Several streams and lakes dot this plateau, and you'll also have some views of the Grand Teton again.

From here, the trail drops down into the Green Lakes basin. You can either go directly toward Green Lake, or take the side trail that passes by the other lakes as well (highly recommended). I would recommend filtering some water at these lakes, as it will be several miles before you hit another water source.

After passing the lakes, you climb up to the East shoulder of the mountain, and then switchback up to the ridge. The top of the ridge presents good views of the valley below.

After following along the ridge for a way, the trail switchbacks down into Tin Cup Creek. Once you reach the tin cup trail, you turn back uphill for a short distance and cross the South fork of Tin Cup Creek. This is the last good water source, so filter from the stream if you are running low.

The last portion of the route heads up the Beaver Trail and then down Beaver Creek to South Leigh Creek. This trail is not heavily used, and it's possible to lose the trail as you cross over the ridge. Plan on bringing a GPS with tail maps (it helps a lot!).

worth every step

Definitely a very hard hike, but when at the top the view is well worth it.

hiking
8 months ago

This is a trail that everyone should do at least once. Keep in mind, though, that weekend use in the summer is quite heavy, and parking may be difficult if you do not arrive early.

My preferred route is to take the face trail up and down, which gets you up into the views a little faster. The view from the top is exhilarating, in that there's nothing but empty space between you and the Tetons.

Since afternoon thunderstorms are not uncommon in the area, check the weather before you leave, and plan to start early.

Loved it! Beautiful hike.

We went up AND down the face. You're going straight up like 1/2 the way, then you mellow out in beautiful wild flower meadows, and then it goes straight up again for the home stretch. You start the hike in the trees so it's a bit miserable at first, once you hit the meadows it's awesome and you can actually see table mountain. So it's nice walking towards something you can see versus wondering when you're gonna get there. We went down the face bc the meadows were just that beautiful that I didn't care about the difficulty. But my knees feeeeeelt it. Definitely toughest hike I've ever done, but the most beautiful and rewarding too!

9 months ago

Excellent back view of The Tetons. The first segment goes up a U shaped valley very gradually, once you get up on the ridge the altitude kick in and the struggle is real. This is a step by step hike to the summit at about the 10,000' foot mark but the views of the bowls/Tetons on the other side are amazing. There are sheer drop offs into the bowls at the top and the winds make you squat low at times. Definitely a high consideration if you are in the area and like a solid day hike!!

backpacking
9 months ago

A long hike with some steep sections, but well worth it! I went up and down the Huckleberry trail instead of the face, camped on the ridge, then summited for the eclipse earlier this week. It felt a bit arduous with backpacks, so I'd like to try it as a day hike. Amazing views of the Tetons up top!

backpacking
9 months ago

Steep trail but amazing flowers and views. Best spot to camp is on the other side of table mountain on the grassy hill.

hiking
9 months ago

Spectacular hike, steep and rugged. Hiked up the face and back down the huckleberry trail. The views of the back of the Grand Teton were beautiful and very different then the normal pictures from the east side. However, this is not for the faint of heart. Definitely for the fit and those who regularly hike steep areas.

backpacking
9 months ago

Amazing, beautiful hike the whole time. It's a bit rocky, steep and definitely a work out especially if you hike up with a backpack full of overnight gear. I hiked up to the top to watch the solar eclipse and it was a surreal experience. 10/10 would do it again even without the magical eclipse.

backpacking
9 months ago

Lake solitude is beautiful!! Worth the trek

This was an intense but truly awesome hike. I was among a group of 10 friends and we hiked the whole route on the same day (July 19, 2017). The amount of snow the Tetons got this past winter (approx. 65 total feet), made it a bit hairy on the last slope as you approach the saddle which is the highest part of the hike. Once over the top, you can look down and see Lake Solitude, which was surprisingly still frozen! You can also see Table mountain, and of course The Grand! Because of snow on the way down, we had to climb down a boulder field at one point, but once you make it down into the canyon the views of the Tetons are beautiful and it's pretty much a nice gradual grade out. Look for moose when you start seeing the tall weeds next to the river. If you are short on water there are lots of places to fill up. We began filling up on the back side of the saddle as we descended into the canyon. Water was clear and ice cold! Trekking poles are a must in my opinion, and bring bear spray as our group spotted one in the forest on the way up. And don't forget trail etiquette: hikers on the way up have the right of way. Just politely stand off to the side and allow them to pass.

Climbed the Table on July 21st with 2 friends. It was a great experience. Took The Face up and Huckleberry back down. God blessed us with awesome weather! No bear sightings, which was good, however when you come to the first crossing of the creek (way down), and really, both crossings, definitely look for something to cross on. Don't do what we did which was just wade across barefoot. Why? That water was so cold I thought I was going to die! Literally it was the worst pain on my feet I ever felt. But other than that, it was awesome. Just like any other hike, bring lots of water and snacks, wear moleskin if you need it, and you'd be wise to have trekking poles.

Lots of adventure will be heading your way on this trail, from bears and moose, to sketchy snow crossings and boulders tumbling down at you on the Solitude Lake side of paintbrush divide....expect the unexpected! and get it done!

Did this as a day hike in 10 hours. Wear shoes that are good for snow or have an ice ax. Views were spectacular. Saw one bear, another couple said they saw two bears in paintbrush canyon that I met at lake solitude. Great as an overnight or one long day.

Did a 3 day trip with an overnight at Upper Paintbrush and Alaska Basin, definitely the best hike we did in the US. It's long, about 35 miles and heavy, especially steep trail and heavy (smokey) air conditions but it was all worth it. You can start at string lake but we took a boat to the beginning of cascade canyon and a boat back.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy to access and easygoing, flat.. we loved the river and meadows of wildflowers, beautiful!

This was a life changing event ! I have hiked all my life, but this was better than any before. We hiked Table Mountain with our 12 year old daughter on 8/3/17. A wide variety of different terrains, vistas, and plants. Snow in August was very fun ! A challenging hike, but the awesomest one of my life. One of a kind, and so worth it ! Pack lots of water, sunblock, and snacks. You will need it. Back in NC by now, but I would love to do an encore tomorrow. Ready to go !

hiking
9 months ago

this trail has everything you ever need: wildflowers, meadows, creeks, forests, peaks, waterfalls, wildlife (3 moose, pikas, beavers, marmots, a deer), topped off with a beautiful lake. it was definitely hard, especially towards the end, but well worth it. we took the 7:30 shuttle ferry and the trail didn't feel overly crowded all day.

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