Lower Slide Lake Gros Ventre Slide Interpretive Trail

Elk, Wyoming

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The Gros Ventre River, a tributary of the Snake River, winds into Jackson Hole through Antelope Flats, forming a portion of the southern boundary of Grand Teton National Park. On June 23, 1 925, a 2,000-foot avalanche from Sheep Mountain, on the south side of the river valley, blocked the canyon and formed a natural dam 225-feet high and a mile wide. The dam blocked the Gros Ventre River, creating Lower Slide Lake. The three-mile-long lake covers over 1 ,1 00 acres and is now a popular recreation site. The Gros Ventre Slide Interpretive Trail is a 0.8-mile hike along a self-guided nature trail. The trail overlooks the largest natural landslide of historical record in North America. Informative signs along the trail discuss the geology and flora of the area.

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"The Gros Ventre River, a tributary of the Snake River, winds into Jackson Hole through Antelope Flats, forming a portion of the southern boundary of Grand Teton National Park. On June 23, 1 925, a 2,000-foot avalanche from Sheep Mountain, on the south side of the river valley, blocked the canyon and formed a natural dam 225-feet high and a mile wide. The dam blocked the Gros Ventre River, creating Lower Slide Lake.

The three-mile-long lake covers over 1 ,1 00 acres and is now a popular recreation site. The Gros Ventre Slide Interpretive Trail is a 0.8-mile hike along a self-guided nature trail. The trail overlooks the largest natural landslide of historical record in North America. Informative signs along the trail discuss the geology and flora of the area."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Elk
Distance: 1.2
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Local Contacts: Bridger Teton National Forest
Local Maps: USGS: Shadow Mountain

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Jun 2018