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Grand Teton National Park: String, Leigh, Bearpaw, and Trapper Lakes

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Distance: 9.2 miles


This effortless out-and-back offers unparalleled views of rocky canyons and towering glacier-topped peaks, all from the shores of four gorgeous mountain lakes.
  • String Lake
  • Mt. Moran
  • Bull Moose
  • Forest Youngster
  • Leigh Lake
  • Lake View
  • Paintbrush Canyon
  • Lakeshore
  • Leigh Lake
  • Lake Trail
  • Clouds
  • Fly fishing on Trapper Lake

Allow extra time to enjoy the spectacular views on this relatively flat 9-mile dayhike. The out-and-back trail leads from String Lake to Trapper Lake, with great vantage points of Leigh Lake, Rockchuck Peak, and Teewinot Peak along the way.

Start out at the String Lake trailhead and pick up an illustrated map at the signboard. Descend about 100 yards to the shore of Lower String Lake for your first view of the lake and surrounding peaks.

Then, head north along the forested shores of Upper String Lake, keeping an eye out for deer, elk and moose. Along the path, enjoy glimpses of the lake through the trees, as well as several faint trails leading to the waters edge. About one mile out, stop to enjoy a spectacular view from a small, rocky peninsula.

Continue north, keeping an eye out for a series of three campsites from mile 2.5 to mile 3. Near them, the beach becomes narrow and sandy and the trail offers more views of Mt. Moran and Paintbrush and Leigh Canyons. In .25-mile, check out the view from the north shore, which offers a view of the entire length of Leigh Lake, with Mt. Owen and Teewinot Mountain in the background.

Continue on, meandering nearly one mile through grassy meadows toward Trapper Lake. After crossing the small inlet, be ready to drop your pack and relax with a picnic lunch while you enjoy views the mountains and their reflections on the lake.

INFO For information on permits, current trail and camp conditions, and wilderness guidelines, go to nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/things2know.htm.

PERMIT
A wilderness permit is required for all overnight camping in the backcountry. Reservations accepted ($20 administrative fee for permits during peak season). nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/back.htm

CONTACT
Grand Teton National Park, (307) 739-3300; nps.gov/grte/

-Mapped by Eli Boschetto, Bosco Mountain Photo

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