Leigh Lake Trail

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Elevation Gain447ft
Trailhead Elevation6,880ft
Elevation Min/Max6871/6921ft
Elevation Start/End6880/6880ft

Leigh Lake Trail

Leigh Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It is within Grand Teton National Park. It is 4.0 miles long and begins at 6,880 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 447 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings. The 12B, 12A (Group), and 12C camp sites, Beach and another beach, and the String Lake water can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Bearpaw Lake Trail, String Lake Horse Trail, Leigh Lake Portage and Trapper Lake Trail.

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Hiking Grand Teton National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"A really flat, really scenic day hike or easy overnighter along the shoreline of two lakes"
Best Easy Day Hikes: Grand Teton National Park - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"Although Leigh Lake is a nice hike in July, August, and September, it’s also a good choice for May or June. The snow leaves this area much sooner than the high country. The scenery is unbeatable with Mount Moran and Rockchuck Peak looming above Leigh Lake and the narrow Paintbrush and Leigh Canyons slicing into the Teton Range above the west shore on each side of Mount Woodring, the high peak between Moran and Rockchuck. The trail is in terrific shape (often double wide), and sandy beaches provide inviting rest spots along both String Lake and Leigh Lake. In addition to being one of the best day hikes in the park, Leigh Lake also provides a wonderful choice for an easy overnighter, ideal for the beginning backpacker or a family with children wanting to experience that first night in the wilderness."
"This level hike meanders along the east shore of Leigh Lake to Bearpaw Lake, a tree-lined lake at the base of Mount Moran. The trail offers magnificent views of Mount Moran and the Cathedral Group—the three Teton peaks of Teewinot, Grand Teton, and Mount Owen. There are sandy beaches on the east side of Leigh Lake. This area is popular for canoeing, swimming, and hiking. Hike in supportive, comfortable shoes and wear layered clothing. Be prepared for inclement or variable weather caused by the high elevations. Avoid surprising bears by wearing a bear bell and hiking with a friend or group. (The Tetons have both black and grizzly bears.) Ranger stations, located throughout the park, have the latest information on weather, trail conditions, and bear activity."

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Trail Information

Grand Teton National Park
Nearby City
Grand Teton National Park
Swimming, Camping
Additional Use
Bridger Teton National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS: Jenny Lake • Adventure Maps: Jackson Hole
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