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Fantastic views from the top and definitely worth the hike. We took the face trail up and it was intense. Lots of elevation gain quickly and lots of loose gravel that can slow you down. But, beautiful wildflowers and views the whole way. The last thousand or so feet there is a rocky trail that will require a little bit of scrambling but it’s not terribly difficult. Slow and steady wins here. We took the face trail back down again as we had a late start and it is about two miles shorter than huckleberry trail. There’s a nice creek just near the parking lot with icy cold water that you can dip into and cool off. We are pretty experienced hikers and it took us about 6 hours round trip.

Did It one day, no ice axe or crampons needed, but I’ll still say you need them so there’s no one on the trail again for the next group.

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3 days ago

Incredible views and well-marked trail. The first and last couple of miles by the lake were pleasant as well. I'd recommend starting as early as possible to beat the rush because the trails get crowded near midday because it seemed more like a freeway than a wilderness hiking trail in the early afternoon (and this wasn't on a weekend). Also, the only think that classifies this hike as "hard" might be the distance as it is technically not difficult to complete, at least now that the snowpack has dwindled from June levels.

Up the face trail (029) and down Huckleberry (024) today with BSA Troop 218. Trail in good shape. Thanks Forest Service for the avalanche clean-up. A lot of good water down Huckleberry for filtering. Still a few tricky water crossings with make-shift bridges made from avalanche debris.
Flowers and plants highest I've seen with this wet Spring. Didn't see any large game, but Table Rock view great as always.

Hiked on 7/10. Absolutely breath taking view. We saw a baby grizzly around 1.5 miles into Cascade Canyon but never saw the mother as we backed away and waited for it to cross the trail. Also saw a moose and marmots. Hike was an easy up hill in which we never needed to stop to catch our breath. Trail was super easy to follow and had a few snow crossings. The snow was packed down and not deep at all but made for some fun as we had just come from Arches National Park. The trail was very lightly trafficked on the way out as it was early in the morning. One other couple up at the lake. Saw more people the last mile on the way back. We took it easy and went slow and spent an hour at the lake. Round trip time was roughly 6 hours. One of our favorite hikes at the park.

Beautiful hike! Unfortunately, Bannon Trail (the main trail up to the peak) was closed today, so we opted to take the chairlift to the summit and continue to Mary’s Saddle on foot. It was incredibly gorgeous scenery with stellar views of the Tetons.

Did this one yesterday.. took face trial to go up and returned through huckleberry trial. Huckleberry trial is still slippery with mud and ice in the last two miles but doable. Just be cautious , take more energy drinks. I am just a causal hiker so it took me lot of time about 5 hours to complete face, its very challenging and damn tough.

Hiked up the Face and down Huckleberry. Trails were terrific. Huckleberry trail was well maintained and the forest service did a great job clearing debris from avalanches this winter.

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8 days ago

7/7/18 - This is a breathtaking hike. We started at the String Lake Trailhead making the hike somewhere around 16-18 miles round trip. Mile markers showed inconsistent mileage. We started around 11 AM and finished around 7 PM. We saw marmots but no larger wildlife although we saw fresh bear scat on the trail. Carry bear spray. The last 1.5 miles of the trail have snow patches covering the trail. We crossed them without poles or crampons with no issues. The lake is beautiful and full of melting ice. We watched a man swim to an island in the lake as the “crowd” (15 people) cheered for him as he swam through the icy water. The whole hike is peppered with gorgeous views but be careful looking up while walking - you’ll likely trip over a rock.

Super great trail! I went in early July and there were a TON of wild flowers in bloom and the view from the ridge beneath Green Mountain is beautiful. It’s pretty much a constant and steady climb for the first 4+ miles until you reach the ridge but it’s nothing too steep. Definitely worth the trip!

Took the Face Trail today. Great hike!

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10 days ago

7/5/18 - absolutely amazing! Everything about the hike was beautiful, with views beginning in a denser forest, open up to the canyon, back into the forest and following the creek the entire time. The last 2.5 from the fork up to lake solitude were challenging with several snow crossings. The last ascent was completely snow covered and the lake is just starting to melt - it was absolutely worth it and doable with the right boots and poles.

Wildlife count - countless marmots, 7 moose including a calf, and one young grizzly at the top of the lake. Absolutely need bear spray and stay in a group. The grizzly at the top got within 100 yds of a group of people. There were several other hikers who mentioned 2 other black bears at points on cascade canyon and the stretch to lake solitude.

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12 days ago

My 18 year old brother and I summited Table Mountain for Independence Day. Both decently experienced hikers, we decided to travel up The Face and back down through Huckleberry. There were 3-4 snow patches on the way up, each had firm footing but I recommend poles for walking sticks. Huckleberry has large Glacier remains from this years avalanches in a few locations. It was a bit disconcerting to hike across a glacier with a 200 yard drop to the rocky bottom, but we made it across just fine. Also, there are two large creek crossings. One lady we talked to actually had a near drowning incident falling in the glacier melt... I would not recommend traversing Huckleberry until the snow melts, unless you are experienced and up for a challenge. The face is in good condition, but has a tough beginning incline.

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12 days ago

We did this hike on 9/17/17 and in reverse of what is shown (Up Cascade Canyon and down Paintbrush Canyon). This hike is epic and definitely worth doing if in the Grand Tetons. There were some sections of snow especially at the higher elevations which required some caution crossing, but nothing too dangerous. This is a must do hike and can be done in a day.

Truly a hidden gem! There are AMAZING views from start to finish. Once you start to summit, the Tetons will slowly emerge into a breathtaking view. We started at Grand Targhee Ski/Bike park on the Bannock Trail (which is a hike only trail) by the Dreamcatcher Ski Lift. It is 6.4 miles round trip. Definitely wear boots because it gets a bit rocky and unstable at the top - maybe pack layers as well because it's significantly more windy once you summit.

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13 days ago

My girlfriend and I did this trail today and loved it. We chose to go up and down the face trail after reviews were not in favor of huckleberry. The beginning 2 miles are very steep and intimidating but after the 2000ft climb the terrain was easily managed. There were a few short snow crossings around mile 4 which we used our crampons for a but but we’re not needed. It shouldn’t be too long before it’s snow free. The views were spectacular as described and we encountered no wild life, with exception of marmots. We quickly made our way back down as an afternoon storm rolled in. We ended up going back down the face which should not be taken lightly. After the light rain, rocks were slippery and the decline is unrelenting. Use caution but very doable. We reached our car just shy of 5 hours but we do tend to move quick. I highly recommend this trail.

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14 days ago

A challenging but beautiful hike. Starts with a steep climb up through a forest and flattens out into a very gradual climb through Cascade Canyon. Once you hit the North Folk you will pass through another dense forest and emerge to an Alpine clearing which offers some truly lovely scenery. As you continue to climb, the greenery gives way to snow fields (as of late June) which can be tricky to navigate -- poles are highly recommended.

We ended up turning back just short of the lake, with the final ascent to the ridge over the lake in sight. My friend and I kept falling through snow (waist-deep in some areas) and the safety margin just wasn't there for us. I also regularly fell through knee-deep snow which covered icy streams underneath, totally soaking my boots/pants. Would suggest starting the hike very early, so that you can reach the snow fields before the sun is beating down at full strength. NB my friend and I are big guys (6'5") so if you are lighter, this should be less of an issue. Most of the snow was at ankle level and lighter hikers were able to make it to the Lake without issue -- just be aware that the snow levels do get deeper as you get closer to the lake.

Protip: There is a black bear who has taken a liking to hanging out in the forest above the North Fork of Cascade Canyon; we saw him both on the way up and on the way down. On the way down, he was actually walking on the trail itself, and we had to make noise for quite a while before he finally moved uphill to let us pass. Bear spray is a must through this section, and if you are alone I would wait to pair up with other hikers before proceeding. We also saw a huge moose majestically lumbering through this forest section -- pretty cool.

We did the huckleberry trail yesterday and were quite surprised to find how Tun over the trail was with debris from this last years avalanche season, there we made it through but we had a lot of times where we were hunting and climbing over Galen trees just to find the trail, and the last ridge you climb to the top the trail was covered in snow and almost impossible to find the trail, i would recommend taking the face trail until some of that gets cleared.

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16 days ago

I attempted my second summit of Table mountain, but decided to turn around. We started up the Huckleberry trail & found a large stretch of dense down trees from avalanche damage. We knew storms were expected for the afternoon & decided it was best to turn around given how long it was taking to navigate through the down trees.

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19 days ago

This map shows a trail down the south side to Hurricane Pass. Has anyone ever hiked that TRAIL? Or is it a matter of finding your way down the ridge? I would like to make a loop of the Face the over to Hurricane Pass down towards Alaska Basin - up the The Wall - and back out.

Has anyone done this that can weigh in?

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26 days ago

This is probably a great hike for the late summer when all of the snow pack is gone and the lake is not frozen over. As of June 20, 2018, the last 2.3 miles of the trail was mostly deep snow and the lake was frozen over except some of the edges. Unless you have run out of hikes in the area, skip this one until later in the season. We've experienced better hikes in GT NP. We did see a couple of moose 1/2 mile from the boat dock. A few minutes after we passed through, a black bear was on the trail just six feet from some hikers.

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28 days ago

6/16/18. This is an awesome trail with abundant wildlife and vistas. My wife and I started on a rainy morning using the boat to cross Jenny Lake to the trail head. The trail starts up a steady incline on a highly trafficked path through the forrest. Then transitioned to an wooded and wildflower covered valley which followed the river up to the the trail junction. We stopped along the way to remove our rain gear and take several pictures. Along the way we encountered a cow moose moose and her calf, several marmots, an elk and several species of birds. It took us an hour and a half to reach the junction where we ate lunch.

If you are into a little more hiking, I encourage you to continue on to at least the first foot bridge. The view of the mountains is spectacular, combined with the river and the wildflowers it is perfect and compares to hikes in Glacier National Park. At the second footbridge we encountered more patchy snow. As we continued up the trail the snow increased and the trail disappeared. The overall direction of the trail is obvious as you are heading up a valley with a river to one side and steep mountains to either side. However, finding the exact trail took a little work.

If you elect to continue up to Solitude Lake in the next few weeks, take caution, and your time. I suggest good boots, and poles. The snow is from several inches to several feet. Before you start download the AllTrails map and or have GPS. We had both. We found this to be helpful to stay on the trail as we found maybe a dozen tracks in the snow leading in several directions. Note, we found the markings in the trees to be sparse. Because of the snow, I would rate the final portion of this trail to be hard.

We made the lake in approximately 4 hours from the boat dock. The lake was 90% frozen. At the lake my wife and I and one other hiker we met along the final 1/4 mile, congratulated each other and shared a snack. We took a few pictures and headed back. My opinion on the lake, wait until it starts to thaw and the trail opens up. It’s was awesome but the last push was steep and very slippery with us occasionally dropping to our hip in snow.

We quickly ascended as frankly we did not want to miss the last ferry across the lake and add three miles to this 17 mile hike. While this trail is an out and back, the vistas, abundant wildlife and flowers keep this trail a 5 star in both directions. We stopped several times to take pictures and an extended time to give first aid to fallen hiker. In all the assent took another three and one half hours from the lake. We made the ferry, loosened our boots and reflected on a great day.

I highly recommend this hike as it was one of the most amazingly beautiful hikes I have taken.

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30 days ago

Great hike that offers amazing views of the Tetons and overlooks the alaska basin. Hiked 6-16-2018 and still had a fair amount of snow at the 9000' line, even got treated with a bit of a snowstorm before the sun gave way at the top. Normally nice to go up face trail and down huckleberry but it looked a bit snowy and hard to navigate down in the bowl leading up from the huckleberry trail.

I’ve hiked this trail for the past 30 years. One of my favorites.

Beautiful beyond expectation. Began our hike at the String Lake Trailhead, proceeded through Cascade Canyon, and took the North Fork Trail beyond that headed toward Lake Solitude. The elevation gain is gradual. Beyond Cascade Canyon mostly snow covered, travelable, but would recommend poles, micro spikes, and truly on this day, needed snow shoes for the last 1/2 mile up to
Lake Solitude. We wore trail shoes which was fine, although slippery. 3/4 of a mile short of Lake Solitude our decision was to turn around at that point due to deep snow. Amazing views the entire hike. Quickly became a favorite and will undoubtedly hike again.

The view of the Grand Teton, Mount Owen and Teewonot across Lake Solitude and down the canyon is breath taking.

Without a doubt this is my favorite hike I have ever completed and let me tell you... the effort was so worth it. We took the ferry across Jenny Lake to avoid having to hike an extra couple of miles around. We got an early start as was recommended to us by park rangers. It's a steep climb to Inspiration point but after that, it's beautiful smooth sailing all the way through Cascade Canyon. There we saw multiple Marmots and even came very close to a bear (you might want to consider bear spray), we even saw a fox! At the junction things switch up. You'll be climbing a little more than you were before. As you walk through Lake Solitude trail, if you look back you will see one of the most amazing views you have ever seen. Before you know it you'll be at Lake Solitude.
My only words of advice are that you take PLENTY of water and some snacks or lunch. And very important to consider... make sure that you make it back in time before the last ferry departs or else you'll be stuck like us and be forced to hike that extra few miles around Jenny Lake. That's definitely the last thing you want after a day long hike. I will most definitely be doing this hike again on my next visit to the Tetons!

hiked this after more than a month at sea level. the elevation about kicked my butt, but it was so rewarding to get to the top. definitely worth it. :) bring your own water and some snacks. it's a long trail!

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.

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