Lake of the Crags Trail

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

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Lake of the Crags Trail is a hiking trail in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It is within Grand Teton National Park. It is 1.9 miles long and begins at 6,803 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,975 feet. The Ramshead Lake water can be seen along the trail.
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Lake of the Crags Trail is a hiking trail in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It is within Grand Teton National Park. It is 1.9 miles long and begins at 6,803 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,975 feet. The Ramshead Lake water can be seen along the trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Grand Teton National Park
Distance: 1.9
Elevation Gain: 2,975 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 6,803 feet
Top Elevation: 9,614 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake of the Crags Trail
Parks: Grand Teton National Park
Elevation Min/Max: 6803/9614 ft
Elevation Start/End: 6803/6803 ft

Lake of the Crags Trail Professional Review and Guide

"A popular hike to the most famous wilderness lake in the Teton Range. Starting this hike at the Leigh Lake Trailhead at the picnic area instead of the String Lake Trailhead gives you great scenery for the first 0.8 mile along the east shore of
String Lake. You can soak in the spectacular views of the Teton Range across String Lake in the morning hours when the skies are more likely to be clear.

You can also start at the String Lake Trailhead and hike the west shore of String Lake in the morning, but I prefer the east-shore route. After the first 0.8 mile on double-wide trail, take a left (west) at the junction at the north end of String Lake. The trail immediately crosses over the inlet of String Lake on a long footbridge and then goes through mature forest until you reach the Paintbrush Canyon Trail 0.7 mile later."

Recent Trail Reviews

9/18/2008
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We did this loop and added a side trip down South Fork Cascade Canyon. We started at the Leigh Lake trailhead and went up through Paintbrush Canyon, over the divide, down the North Fork Cascade Canyon, into South Fork Cascade Canyon up to Avalanche Divide, then back down and out through the Cascade Canyon past Hidden Falls. This trip was amazing. Everytime I saw something, I would think, it can't get any better. It just kept getting better and better. My favorite part has to be coming over Paintbrush Divide and looking down upon Lake Solitude. The view was a great reward for the tough climb up. Additionally, the campsite, about 1 to 1.5 miles below Lake Solitude, was phenomenal. We were in a dual campsite, but had the better of the two. We were adjacent to the creek and were able to set up the eating area across the creek. We had a group of wildflowers between the rock we were on and the creek, which gave a beautiful table setting. The colors in the North Fork Cascade Canyon were stunning. I've never seen views like it. Unbelievable Yellows, Reds, Greens and Blues. Amazing. We timed this trip perfectly, as the wildflowers were popping, the temps were perfect and the crowds were non-existent. Once we left the day hiking areas, we saw maybe 10 people in the 5-days we were there. We did, however, get a bit of snow on our last night there. We were camped at about 9,000 feet in the South Fork Cascade Canyon. It was a delight to wake up with about 3 inches of snow on the ground. We felt like we saw it all. I highly recommend this area, and doing the route we chose, we felt like we got to see the highlights and had plenty of time for relaxing and exploring. We left Hurricane Pass, the Alaska Basin, Static Peak and Phelps Lake for another trip. Looking forward to that.


8/26/2008
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After coming up through the Cascade Canyon Trail, the downhill Paintbrush Divide trail lacks the lush green scenery. It is rocky and, except for the initial decent, pretty flat. While it does not match Cascade Canyon, it is still a beautiful open landscape. For overnight backpackers I recommend doing a Cascade Canyon/Painbrush Divide Loop. You get to see Lake Solitude which is an incredible site and there are some great rocks to lean on and have lunch alongside the lake.


8/4/2006
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August 4 was the perfect time for the wildflowers on this hike. It was difficult, a real challenge for people who live at sea level. The water coming into Cascade Canyon was spectacular. Views of the Grand Teton were super. Be sure to start at Leigh Lake and end at Jenny. The terrain and views both favor this direction in my opinion.


7/16/2005
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No ice axe needed on Paintbrush now. Great 20-mile loop run, lots of flowers. Ridge is exposed--nasty place to be in lightning conditions.



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