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Grand Teton National Park: Phelps Lake

Ditch the roadside crowds on this family-friendly, 4.1-mile out-and-back to an indigo lake framed by the mighty Tetons. Bring binocs: Songbirds abound.

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Hike two gently rolling miles (one-way) to reach this deep-blue lake at the foot of 11,241-foot Prospectors Mountain. The route winds through conifers and aspen groves before dropping to Phelps’s northern shoreline. Picnic at the sandy beach or take the gasp-inducing plunge into the ice-cold water. Extend your stay: Continue southeast .1 mile to sleep at the designated campsites (permit required).

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/

To Trailhead

From Jackson, head N on WY 191; L @ Moose Junction. Turn L onto Moose-Wilson Rd. before park entrance. After 4.5 mi., R onto unmarked road. Trailhead is in 1.5 mi. @ end of dirt road.

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