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

hiking
2 days ago

We did the Bradley and Taggart Lake trail counterclockwise like some reviews had suggested and it was great as there were constantly stunning views of the Tetons and, while there was some uphill hiking, none of it was overly strenuous. If you get there relatively early you also get the benefit of the trail not being very crowded like it is later in the afternoon. This is definitely a good hike if you only have a day to spend in the park.

I also did part of the Valley Trail from where it meets at Bradley lake until just after the junction between the Garnet Canyon and Amphitheater Lake trails. It is a much more difficult trait with a lot of elevation gain, but there were a lot of incredible views of the lakes and the park valley. Unfortunately, I was running low on time and water and had to turn around before reaching Amphitheater Lake, but would love to come back and try it again.

Great trail. So many wildflowers and meadows
We did see a baby moose
We really enjoyed this !

This was my favorite day hike! We went in early June and saw a black bear with her 2 cubs, 2 Moose, these amazing birds at the Lilly pond and a marmot family! Pretty easy and spectacular scenery. I didn’t want it to end!

Beautiful! We hiked all the way around the lake and then included this quick little detour. So glad we did!

Awesome trail

We had a great time, walked there and got ferry back as kids were fading from heat at that point. Falls are beautiful.

Fun little trail with a lot of friendly people. Well worth the time spent with the family in a really beautiful place.

hiking
7 days ago

Great hike. Hiked it counter-clockwise for best views. However, we saw steaming piles of grizzly poop, two large and two smaller. If you look at this thread, one month ago, one grizzly mom and two cubs were seen. Then they closed the trail on the right side a week ago. I can see why. You are definitely entering the home of a grizzly family, so be careful. Carry bear spray. The cubs might now be old enough to be bold and run down to the lake without mama, and you could be caught in the middle. We saw lots of little kids on the hike.

backpacking
10 days ago

We did this hike 7/4-7/5. It was PACKED. There were so many families and large groups hiking. It was overall a beautiful hike with lots of wildflowers. We only saw marmots (one that ate my boyfriend’s shoes!), and were hoping to see other wildlife but didn’t. We passed a ranger who checked our backpacking passes and told us a bit about the canyon and Tetons in general. There was no snow to pass over, just avalanche debris which was fairly easy. The river and waterfalls are beautiful. We had a harder time hiking back out to our car, as it was full sun and 85+ degrees outside. Overall a great hike, but would pick a different one next time we’re in the Tetons.

Skipped the boat and hiked from Leigh lake area adding 2 miles each way onto this short uphill hike to the falls. It was early evening and raining as I started this jaunt so the trail was empty and the little guys (marmot etc...) knew it as they were everywhere. Passing an osprey nest (educated guess) with a visible baby sitting atop was a cool extra to the storm cloud backdrop of the Tetons. After the quick uphill to the falls I was rewarded with a sudden halt to the rain and some beautiful late evening sunshine to accompany a breathtaking view of the falls. Definitely continue onward to lower inspiration point (all trails continuing upward were closed) for a view of the valley below. I loved this hike as it allows all levels of hikers to reach the finish line. You can take the boat trip and make the trip just over 1.5 miles or walk around Jenny lake and add a few extra miles (dealers choice).

hiking
13 days ago

We did this hike on Thursday. Part of the trail was closed due to bear activity, so we just hiked to the overlook, then turned back. 4 stars only because we got eaten alive by bugs—wear big spray and a lot of it! We saw marmots on the hike, and moose on the drive in.

hiking
14 days ago

This was a fabulous hike. Our family hiked this last week. A portion of the trail was closed due to bear activity, but we did see a Moose and her calf. Fabulous area and not crowded.

Still beautiful, but half the trail was closed due to bear activity. We did this 4 days ago. we couldn't do the loop counter clockwise, but went pretty far the other way...parked at the preserve parking lot & hiked. the preserve sanctuary museum is wonderful. All & all it was about 9.4 miles. saw a doe & her baby as well as a close up of a momma moose and her baby

hiking
20 days ago

4X4 high clearance vehicle is a must to get to the trailhead. We had to park a mile down the gravel road to get there. That mile was okay as a first mile to this hike, but torturous on our tired feet as the final mile.

At the hike, a steep first section evens out on the ridge and offers great views of the Tetons. Bugs usually leave me alone, but these bugs were hungry for my flesh and I came away covered in bites. Didn't see any wildlife apart from the bugs and squirrels. There was still a bunch of snow covering the steep final push to the lake, which we weren't prepared for, so unfortunately we didn't finish. Plenty of shade and high enough elevation that it wasn't very hot.

Nice walk around Jenny lake with pretty falls. Saw a few chi monks and a marmot.

Got here at 5:30 a.m. to start my hike. Walked Bradley and Taggart trail, didn't see another person until reaching the trail head. Very peaceful, seen a couple of mule deer, one had a fawn!

hiking
25 days ago

Easy hike. 50s and raining when we went. In late May there was snow on the trail in only a few locations. Pretty quiet this time of year. We only saw three other groups of people over the ~5 miles. Great views of Taggert and Bradley lakes.

One of the best parts of going this time of year was the melting snow made the streams more like rapids.

hiking
26 days ago

This trail is a must this time of year for plant life and flowers. We took on the trail clockwise around the lake detouring a couple miles up Death Canyon. If you look at the lake a as clock face 6 to I o’clock offer the verity of plant and animal life. The vistas were great. As parking is limited arrive early. The good news less parking equals less people.

26 days ago

The loop part of this map is under construction, so I was a little disappointed by that. the second half walks right along the river :( The trail was a little too crowded for my taste as well. Parking seemed like an issue around noon when I finished

It was beautiful and had a great view of the lake and waterfall

Great hike and beautiful full waterfall in mid-June. Busy trail, but everyone was considerate.

hiking
28 days ago

Wonderful hike! We did the Bradley-Taggert Trail (counterclockwise was a perfect recommendation!) and it was beautiful. Wildflowers galore, overlooks, forests, meadows, lakes and streams. Few people due to threat of rain made it more peaceful. Highly recommended!!!

A few notes on our hike today: 1) the internet makes a lot of talk about bears on this trail which almost dissuaded us from doing it. The only bears I saw were the delicious gummy bears from my pack. That said, we did pass bear dens/scat, but all old. Maybe we came close to some, but definitely scared them off by talking and singing. 2) We met a ranger out on the trail who was the second best view of the day. We actually met multiple rangers along the trail which made us all feel very safe. 3) The road is real bumpy up to the trailhead- my companion got real nauseated so we parked and hiked half a mile to the trailhead. 4) the hike to Phelps Lake overlook is not strenuous and is a gradual uphill to a beautiful view of the lake. The trail then continues on downhill, then another gradual climb back up into the canyon 5) it is currently June 14 as I write this, and we encountered snow blocking the trail. Our handsome ranger friend mentioned above helped us cross, but it’s a little nerve racking as if you slip you are going down an entire mountain. We grabbed sticks for balance since we didn’t have poles, but I recommend poles. 6) Beyond the snow pass is absolutely crazy beautiful and well worth the 1.5 mile uphill to the cabin. 7) We saw plenty of marmot, but literally no other wildlife which was fine by us. 8) the uphill back up to Phelps Lake is probably what gets this hike the moderate rating given the incline. Definitely a workout! 9) We encountered very few people on the trail. Given our fear of bears, we were relieved to see other humans (that’s how infrequently we encountered people). But if you want a solitary hike this is the one! The Phelps Lake trail was definitely crowded by midday, but most were headed down to the lake and not into the canyon. Enjoy! And Ranger Justin if you are reading this my number is...

This trail is less popular than the others in its category (Jenny, Taggart, Bradley) but offers a quiet, peaceful, and serene hike through various terrains. My group had various ages (25yrs old to 60yrs old) and all enjoyed and were comfortable. I would recommend hiking the lake counter clockwise for the best views. The lake is beautiful and the streams are great lunch spots. I would highly recommend as a moderate day hike for the occasional hiker.

Good hike. Not too tough with great view of Phelps Lake.

hiking
1 month ago

The hike gave us a great view of Jenny lake. We were able to see some wildlife including a small moose right off the trail. There is an option to take a boat back so you don’t have to hike both ways if you get tired. The waterfall was super powerful. However, it’s hard to capture a true photo of how big it is since you can’t get right up next to it. Worth the hike for sure!

hiking
1 month ago

Relatively easy hike with some climbing, but amazing alpine views and greenery resembling a rustic garden. The Jenny Lake Visitor Center is under construction, so be prepared for limited parking and dirty port-a-potties. We like hiked around the lake to the falls and took the boat back. The falls and cascades were flowing heavy in early June, resulting in some magical views. The boat was a nice reward after a hot afternoon of hiking, but it wasn’t cheap for a family of four. We were hoping to see a moose on our trip and we found one on this hike!

We hiked around the lake and up to the falls! It was so pretty! Not too hard!

hiking
1 month ago

Went on this hike hoping to see a moose and we saw one from a distance in the pond.

very nice hike. with beautiful lake ! beach like areas. You can get there from tagger lake trail head. or from lupene meadows which is watch went.

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