Lakeshore Trail

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming 83013

Lakeshore Trail

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"This hike is a great choice for an evening or early morningstroll, especially for campers staying in the Colter Bay area or for families with kids. The kids can help fill up Jackson Lake by throwing countless stones into it.

The trail circles the island (actually a small peninsula in Colter Bay), staying close to the water most of the way. Several beach areas invite you to stop and soak in the scenery of the Teton Range, especially Mount Moran, across the vast surface of Jackson Lake."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"The Lakeshore Trail follows a section of shoreline along Colter Bay and 25,000-acre Jackson Lake, the second largest lake in the Greater Yellowstone region. The trail crosses an isthmus and circles a forested peninsula protruding into Jackson Lake. The entire hike stays close to the shoreline. Throughout the doubleloop trail are views of islands, other bays, and close-up vistas of the northern Teton Mountain Range, highlighted by massive Mount Moran and its distinctive Skillet Glacier."
Hiking Grand Teton National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"A short, flat walk along the scenic shoreline of Colter Bay and Jackson Lake. The trail starts out as a service road (with a locked gate and only occasionally used by vehicles).Along this stretch of trail, you can enjoy outstanding views of Colter Bay with Mount Moran providing a classic backdrop. At the end of the dirt road, you reach Swan Lake Trail, the first junction where the loop section of this trip begins. Go right (south), unless you decide to take the route in reverse.The trail turns into a well-used singletrack, but it is still in excellent shape. About 0.2 mile later, you reach a fork in the trail. If you don’t mind a little hill, go right for a nice view from the Jackson Lake Overlook. Either trail takes you to Heron Pond about a half mile later."

Lakeshore Trail Trip Reports

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Excellent hike! The first part is also a horse trail, so watch for droppings. Both lakes are beautiful, with lilypads covering much of them, and the reflection of the Tetons visible in Swan Lake. Lots of insects by the ponds, so bring bugspray or you won't be able to concentrate on the sights. We saw many swans, not to mention herons, a bull moose that we watched for a good 1/2 hour, tons of birds and smaller wildlife. This was such an exciting hike, with wildlife practically around every corner. Be cautious and respectful. There are many nests in and around the ponds. Don't forget your binoculars!
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It was a rainy day in mid-May, so we did this hike in our brightly-colored raincoats (mine was ketchup red, my husband's was mustard yellow). Maybe we scared the wildlife away because we didn't see as many wildlife as expected. Not a single swan anywhere in sight (and we were REALLY looking for them), but we did see 1 heron -- at Swan Lake, not at Heron Pond. We also saw a few white birds flying around. It's actually quite a beautiful hike, and very peaceful as well. We hardly encountered anyone or anything else on the trail, not even insects. There was an abundance of pond lilies everywhere on the water -- which was pretty. Oh yes, we also saw a beaver dam on Swan Lake (but no beavers in sight). It was a pleasant and relaxing hike but we were somewhat disappointed at the lack of wildlife sightings.

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Trail Information

Grand Teton National Park
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National Park Service, Park Headquarters, PO Drawer 170, Moose, WY 83012-0170, (307) 739-3309,
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NatGeo TOPO! Map (USGS): Colter Bay
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