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

For a more novice hiker, this trail is hard but not impossible. Took us about 3.5 hours to get to the lake and 2 to get back out. Saw two black bear and two moose on the trail, tons of wildflowers back towards the lake, and of course spectacular views the entire way.

Awesome hike. We stayed below Holly Lake. It is tough but well worth the work.

backpacking
1 day ago

Awesome lake. Backpacked right below Holly Lake. Went to the divide and came back down to enjoy a swim.

I really enjoyed the hike to Bearpaw and Trapper Lake. It starts along String Lake, follows the shore of Leigh Lake, loops around Bear Paw and ends at Trapper Lake. The majority of the hike is very level and especially along Leigh and String Lakes, the trails are well maintained.

Once you get to Bear Paw, you will get a few minor hills and rockier paths. It still isn’t a hard hike, but it isn’t flat either.

The thing that is nice about this particular hike, aside from the stunning lake and mountain views, is the different types of landscapes. You get a small burn area, flower filled meadows, thick forests, lakeside beaches, and Mountains all in a few miles.

There is also tons of wildlife. Birds are everywhere. I saw a black bear quite close to the trail. There are beaver dams at Trapper Lake. Marmots hide in the rocks. Deer can be found grazing in the meadow.

Would definitely recommend this hike to anyone looking for a longer, but easy hike. Just make sure to bring bear spray!

I ran/power hiked to Holly Lake and back. This is now perhaps my favorite trail of all time (so far!) - just spectacular! No snow on any parts of the trail or valley really. Very light hiker traffic on 8/4 between 2P and 5P.

Very nice trail that’s outstanding at the top as well as along the way. Went in late July 2018 and snow still covered a couple parts of the trail. Bring walking stick and if you’re really brave, a towel and swimsuit. The waters cold but you deserve the glory once you get there.

Stunning wildflowers and water features! It takes a while to get to the really fun part, but it’s so worth it.

backpacking
25 days ago

Completed this loop July 21st-23rd 2018. Two nights and about two and half days total hiking, with campsites at South Cascade Fork and Surprise Lake (slight detour). I logged about 40 miles total with the 6 mile total side trip to Surprise/Amphitheater Lakes, so the Alltrails mileage is a bit off.
A few notes:
Teton Crest Trail (North to South)- Plenty of amazing campsites along the South Cascade Fork. Two short snowfields left to cross or detour around. Amazing view of the three Tetons from the top of the pass. Crosses into Alaska Basin (National Forest territory), where there is also dispersed camping around Sunset Lake. Wish I would have known that going in but oh well. :)
Alaska Basin Shelf Trail- This is where it got tricky. There were about 10 large snow fields to cross where there were no decent detour options. Over Buck Mountain Pass you think you're done but oh no, there's a massive steep snow field that wraps around the basin leading up to Static Divide. Spikes and an ice ax would have made my life a lot easier here. Crossed it and a few smaller ones to get up to Static Divide. If you have a spare 15-20 min, go ahead and bag Buck Mountain right off the divide. Gorgeous views, and steep switchbacks with some snowpack left going down.

All other trails were smooth sailing. Overall, a stunning hike and awesome backpacking experience. Definitely coming back to hike the whole Teton Crest Trail next.

on Holly Lake Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! Beware the trail was well marked until we hit the snow, with the snow melting prior foot tracks had disappeared, we finally found the trail by watching out for hikers that were way ahead of us. The map I had printed from All Trails didn't show the two lakes, we realized that we only made it to the little pond, not the actual Holly Lake that was not too much further ahead. Hiking poles and plenty of drinking water recommended!

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views the whole way! Definitely at the top of my favorite hikes list and I’m looking forward to going back up in the future!

Awesome hike!! We had only planned to do Cascade canyon, but when we reached the fork, we didn’t quite feel like that was a good location to turn back, so we decided to head towards the lake. About 0.5 miles after the fork, the trail opened up and the views of the Tetons were just unbelievable. It was one of the most incredible places I have ever seen. There were some campsites in the area, next time i would definitely stay overnight just to enjoy the view for longer. The lake was partly frozen, but we dipped our feet in. On the way out, we saw a grizzly mom and cup on the trail. There were enough people around to be safe. Regardless, I would highly recommend to bring bear spray.

If you are in GTNP for a few days, there are plenty of better trails to explore. However, it's flat and easy compared to the rest. Taking the trail around Jenny Lake would be a better option.

Excellent hike. Did this one in mid-June 2018. Great views throughout, particularly after the junction. Ran into a lot of snow about 1.5 miles from Lake Solitude, but doable with poles. The lake was mostly frozen over, but the views ...

hiking
1 month ago

Such a beautiful trail. Be aware that when we hiked it we hit snow that made it a bit tiresome near the finish to Holly lake. When hiking in the snow be cautious of pockets that will bury your leg up to the hip unexpectedly. When going down avoid the snow and use the boulders.

We tacked on the hike to Trapper Lake after doing the Leigh Lake trail.

Very easy and mostly flat, although there is a bit more elevation than there was for the Leigh Lake portion. You'll be going through the forest so make sure to bring bug spray and start early in the day if you want to avoid crowds.

camping
2 months ago

Liked the trail. Teton is my favorite park. This is a very flat and easy hike. Exactly four miles from String Lake Trail Head to Bear Paw Lake campsite 17B. This a fairly remote site for such a short hike and busy trail. The campsites on Leigh Lake are right on top of each other and right in the trail. If you stay there, expect company. This trail is pretty popular with Day hikers as it circles Leigh Lake, which is really beautiful. Campsites have a food storage locker and fire ring. Water right out of the lake. In all I really enjoyed and recommend Bear Paw Lake.

hiking
2 months ago

Fascinating

Did the loop in 2004, amazing backcountry experience

Beautiful up and down. Saw a bull moose. Trail varies from smooth to rocky. Hard but worth doing.

Spent a few days in the area. Trekked 30+ miles between this and Leigh lake. Busier than expected. Found more the solitude I sought near the trail ends. Peaceful, gorgeous, but not a great view of Tetons here. Better at Leigh lake.

trail running
11 months ago

Fantastic day! Highly recommend.

The meadows and wildflowers are some of the best parts of this hike. You could also do this hike via Granite Canyon and I would think it would be the same level of difficulty. it is a lot of ups and downs which got annoying with the elevation but it is very isolated up there.

hiking
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Love this place!

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

We hiked the whole length of this trail, but in the future I'd only hike to the end of Leigh Lake and turn around there in terms of views, as the further two hikes are smaller and don't have many views of the Tetons. But if you feel like a longer hike, why not go all the way! Once we were past everyone at Stringer Lake there were far less people on the trail. Leigh Lake has a handful of awesome backpack sites and areas to swim and get down to the water level - swimming there was by far our favorite part of our trip.

Great hike! My party crossed the pass on 7/26/17. Most of the path on the way to 10,700 was snow covered. highly suggest to cross in the morning when there is no rain. Check out the weather daily.
Enjoy!

Gorgeous hike!

Can someone who has done this hike in June 2017 let us know the snow conditions on the route? Do I need more than crampons? I have only done this wonderful hike in August and want to be prepared as I hope to do it on July 3. Thanks --Jim

Solid trail with nice and decently close views of the grand teeties. At a quick pace you can complete it in 3. Saw a couple trail runners, so even less time if you're into that type of thing

Great scenery and hike

Monday, December 05, 2016

One of the most beautiful places I have ever been!!!

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