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Phelps Lake Trail

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Address: Moose-Wilson Road, Grand Teton National Park, WY

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Requires little effort for substantial reward. Highly recommended

If you don't feel fit enough to tackle some of the more strenuous hikes in GTNP, then this is for you. It's a must-do for those less adventurous or acclimatised to altitude. I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 October 2016
Rachael D
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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

If you don't feel fit enough to tackle some of the more strenuous hikes in GTNP, then this is for you. It's a must-do for those less adventurous or acclimatised to altitude. I went in October so the trail was not busy at all (the Preserve Centre was closed though) and it was gorgeous. There were still some Fall colours... More 

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Winter Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Someone suggested this hike and it did not dissppoint -we somehow lost the main trail but easily found the lake adding maybe .5 mi. Hike is short - slightly uphill going there the lake is beutifull offering mountain reflections and clear water. Get away from the crowds " a little" and go for a hike

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Morris Plains, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Easily the best easy to moderate longish hike in the park. Limited parking at Rockefeller Preserve keeps numbers some what in check. To make it on the EZier side, take the creek trail straight to the lake--as straight as it can be and very rocky in places. Views of the creek make up for that. Then walk the left/West Bank... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Coming to Jackson Hole means hiking in the Tetons, and if you are lucky enough to find your way to the Laurance Rockefeller Preserve and find a parking spot, this trip is unforgettable! It's an easy walk through the woods with very little incline, about 3.1 miles round trip. Phelps Lake is beautiful, a fitting reward in a place of... More 

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Dublin, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

We entered at Rockefeller entrance. Took about a half hour to get parking space. Limited number of folks let in. Hiked to jumping rock. It was awesome. About 6 miles round trip at most. Well worth it. Take bear spray.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

Wow! What an adventure! We hiked 7 miles through the woods and then next to the lake. After switchbacks to get up and over a mountain, we enjoyed a family stroll along Phelps Lake to Huckleberry Point where we relaxed with our feet in the (cold) water. The views were breathtaking no matter where we were on our hike. We... More 

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Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

This trail is in the Laurance Rockefeller Preserve in the Grand Teton National Park. Our group included two 70+ years olds, a couple of 40 year olds, and four kids between the age of 3 and 10. The hike was appropriate for our entire group and it was wonderful. We hiked up to Phelps lake and had a beautiful view.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

First off, pro tip: If you're driving, you can drive farther than you think (albeit on roads reminiscent of the lunar surface) to park near the trail head. The initial hike up to the overlook gives you some nice views, but the payoff at the top is awesome. From there, if you're in search of the famous "rock" continue down... More 

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St. Louis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

We backpacked in the two miles from Death Valley Trailhead to Phelps lake campground with my almost 5 year old. The hike itself was challenging for him, but definitely doable. The views from Phelps Lake Overlook are awesome (although my 5 year old is not very focused on scenery). The campgrounds (for which you need a backcountry pass) are really... More 

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Hollywood, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

We parked at the Lawrence Rockefeller Preserve and hiked the 3 miles round trip to get to the lake. We recommend you go there via the Crest View Trail and return by the woodland trail. We reversed it and ended up going up hill all the time. When you arrive at phelps lake the views are spectacular. There's nothing better... More 

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