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

backpacking
3 days ago

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

hiking
9 days ago

This was a great hike for my wife and infant who i carried. It is a very easy hike with amazing views. No real elevation change and a clear trail. We hiked on Thursday August 9th and was easily able to park in the lot at the trail head at 9am. When we left at 1pm and the lot was insanely busy with many people fighting over our spot as we left. The part of the lake near the parking lot was full of people canoeing and on paddle boards, looked like a regular party cove.
The views are amazing and really peak around the camp sites. We went the full 7miles round trip and felt like we wasted the last few miles.

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!

hiking
11 days ago

I enjoyed the Leigh Lake hike. It was very easy with little elevation change, but lots of stunning views. There was also lots of wildlife along the trail. I almost walked into a black bear eating huckleberries on the side of the trail.

The trail is fairly popular and heavily hiked during the hours of 10am-6pm. The farther you hike the less people there are.

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
27 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.

A great family hike with incredible views! Don’t let the mileage deter you - it’s an easy walk and very rewarding.

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!

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.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

A very easy hike with little to no elevation gain that offers some great views of the mountains framed with Leigh Lake in the foreground.

I suggest starting early -- we got to the parking lot at 9am and were able to park right at the trailhead, and encountered very few people on the trail out. Coming back there were significantly more folks on the trail at all times, and the parking lot was at capacity with people circling for spots @1pm.

There are also extensive portions of the trail that go through the forest which is absolutely filled with mosquitoes. Make sure to DEET up; I also sprayed my clothing with permethrin which worked great.

Agree with previous review; photos cannot do this trail justice. At the early part of the trail there was a little traffic largely Dads and their young sons with backpacks returning from their overnight camping trip. Route scaled Leigh Lake almost all the way with beautiful miniature beaches to be enjoyed along the way. Also some National Park small camping sites. So definitely a trail to bring a lunch and maybe swim gear to linger a while and enjoy. Beautiful meadow VIsta shortly before Bearpaw Lake completely surrounded by the Tetons. We saw no wildlife although due to the breeze rustling through the trees there was a continuous sense of anticipation. Some lovely flowers and beautifully colored butterfly’s. On the return leg we extended the trail up Painbrush Canyon & the views are certainty true to title. Amazingly! We decentded around String Lake and returned to the trailhead via String Lake parking. All in all 16.2 km

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

Beauty that photos can't capture. Significant traffic, not challenging enough for my preference. Pretty lax. Suitable for very young and the seniors I saw. Family friendly for sure. Great hike.

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.

11 months ago

Great hike with an amazing view at the end! Fiancé and I moved at a brisk pace and made it to the top in slightly over an hour. Gets steep on the later half but we only had to put hands on rocks once. Any half way in shape person can do it!

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!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Nice easy hike. Little elevation change and gorgeous water views the whole walk!

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.

hiking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Recommend going early in the morning. The reflection of the mountains in the water is breathtaking.

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!

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