Explore the most popular forest 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.

did this with string lake for a great morning hike last week - start early. part of trail was closed due to rockfall so did not see hidden falls but scenary made up for it! was a zoo by the time we left at 1pm but had time for a quick dip of the feet in the lake (great after 18km) before getting out of the chaos! long but very easy - nothing technical and no major climbs so just a really nice morning hike.

Easy to moderate great day hardly a cloud! The view at top is other worldly! Walking through the Lodgepole pines is outstanding! It is July and everything was in bloom. GPS said it is 8.3 miles but trail markers show 3 each way! The smell of the pine was most excellent!

Not technically difficult: the trail is always obvious (except, see below) but often has lots of rocks embedded in the it. Use trekking poles! What makes this very strenuous is that you are always climbing. Look at the elevation gain over the course of the trail.

Even in late June, there can be snow at the higher elevations. We hiked this June 26, 2018, and had more and more snow as we got toward the end of the switchbacks. For the last stretch, after the switchbacks, we were simply tracking over 4 to5 feet of snow. If that isn’t awesome, I don’t know what is!

Take plenty of water, and tracking polls. Snow or not, they will be your best friends.

A FANTASTIC day hike for those who want to see the try beauty of the Tetons. Hiked this on July 12th for my 50th bday with 2 families age ranged from 14-53. Very well maintained with a nice constant grade. Took 3 hours at a leisurely pace up to the lakes and 2 hours down stopping to look for animals. Saw several including marmots , dear and a baby bear on the lower part. Didn’t start until 10 am so shroud have packed a little more water or a filter to take some for the lake. A single hiking pole also would have helped for the down hill.

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.

Fabulous hike with great views!!

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.

This was a moderate hike with great views of he Grand Tetons. Great for a family or couple hiking. Multiple trail runners on this hike. Start early to avoid the heat.

Only go to do about 4 miles of the trail since the rest was closed off. Very easy with some good views of the mountains and lake.

Easy trail. Not very well marked at the end. Had to turn back. Still nice spot for lunch and beautiful views of the Tetons.

So beautiful! We took a couple of detours to see waterfalls. Lovely walk around the lake.

Definitely start this hike early, switchbacks can get long and tiresome but entirely worth it. Done this hike 3 times at the ages of 8, 10, and 18 so it can be done at a wide range of ages so long as children are aware and monitored. Saw three bears right away and a cub on the way back down.
First two times were in mid-late June and there was still a fair amount of snow but the last time (mid July) we were able to make it to Amphitheater no problem. Stunning views of the summits from the lake which is also a prime spot to stop for lunch. Good mix between shaded areas, open flower meadow, and rocky terrain. A hike for everyone!

Did the trail on the 7th of July so it was pretty busy but still quite enjoyable. Our group did the entire loop in just under 5 hours including stops. We chose to get the climb done first so we headed clockwise around the lake from the Visitors Center. Wish I had bought swimwear to take a dip after we finished.

Epic day hike! The elevation gain is a bit over what all trails stares and I won’t lie is it a grinder! But SO worth it. My girlfriend (who just did an iron man a few weeks ago- yes it was PAINFUL keeping up w her) and I did it in 3hr40min w a 30 min lunch break and a slower than normal pace due to me being out of shape. Obviously people were taking more time so you can stretch it out all day! Also all trails neglects to mention that you are at the base of Teton peak.. aka the biggest peak of the Tetons. So if you are wanting to get up in em this is the hike for you! We went July 4th weekend so it was crowded- but there is plenty of trail for all’s. Enjoy!

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 ...

16 days ago

Nice hike around Jenny lake. I started at the south visitor center and went towards string lake before wrapping around to hidden falls and inspiration point-which unfortunately was closed. The views were beautiful and I started the trail about 7 am, not too busy.

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.

17 days 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.

Started this hike from the Jenny lake visitors center and headed north around the lake taking in some beautiful mountain views. The trail is well marked and easy as far as difficulty levels are considered. Instead of walking the whole loop I wanted to explore a little elevation and took into the Cascade Canyon trail for a few miles just shy of the junction. Due to a late start on this adventure I had to turn back in order to make the last boat ride of the day (7 pm) back to the visitors center. Saw a fox on the trail later in the evening which was a great surprise and treat. This one is recommended for all levels unless you tack on one of the adjoining trails along the way which can include some elevation and distance so plan accordingly.

Got a little off in the snow because I listened to somebody who said Turn Here. Never do that..... just follow the AllTrails map!!!

23 days ago

it was great. Saw lots of little little animals, checked out the Cascade. portions of the trail are closed for renovations but there's ways around.
easy trail but long, definitely recommend.

Went out of Taggart Lake TH. Took a detour thru burnt wagon gulch. Didn’t make it up to the lakes due to snow, I was sick of snow! Lol I would do this hike again when I am feeling up for it.

Loved this hike! The meadows full of wildflowers were stunning and the smell of evergreen permeates the air. I found the navigation thru the snow more tricky than I anticipated and was thankful for the added stability from my trekking poles. The lake views with the Teton backdrop made every step of the 4 mile uphill climb worthwhile. Of 4 hikes in the hikes, this was far and away the best one and I can't recommend it enough.

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

Lovely trail which we started at Jenny Lake North Junction to avoid the reputed heavy traffic at the South Junction. We walked via String lake , then onto Hidden Falls(beautiful but trail very busy at this point with traffic from shuttle ). Shortly after this we veered off & do the Moose pond loop trail, where we thought we saw a bear in the distance somewhat further up the Tetons. Eventually rejoined the main trail just short of the shuttle terminal. We continued past the maddening crowds here and they eventually thinned out when we had a very pleasant flat walk back to String Lake. Lots of rapids on the river, incredible beauty of Jenny Lake with Teton reflection. Saw some Squirrel, Water Hens but no Moose.

6/26/18. Just finished! Phenomenal hike! Took kids (12 and 9 yo). Our pace was not fast, but climbing over the snow near the top and having lunch at surprise lake made it a great time. The snow is not bad. The views are incredible throughout.

Overall great hike but to many people. It’s the most popular trail in GTNP so it’s expected and worth the views of Hidden Falls. Make sure you stop in on Moses Ponds Trail! We were able to watch a bull moose feed from the pond up close but keep your distance.

29 days ago

Nice trail. The views were alright. Mostly incline. some people on the trail stated it was more difficult than they expected it would be. I thought it was easy. Maybe difficult for people who are new hikers. There were 2 mooses on the trail and a falling rock which almost hit us if we didnt hear the crashing sound. However i recommend this.

trail running
1 month ago

trail ran it and accidentally missed a turn and had to loop String Lake, which made the whole trip about 11 miles. pretty sweet trail with some awesome land and water features. "easy" is probably accurate--anyone in normal health could manage the inclines, which are not always completely accessible, but definitely not beyond what you'd expect and hope for. no bears seen, but did see moose and her child. only issue I had was black-topped parts near parking lots, not because it compromised authenticity, as one might argue, but because I was trail running and hitting black top wasn't cool. would definitely do again.

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