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.
Leigh Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"A really flat, really scenic day hike or easy overnighter along the shoreline of two lakes"
--Bill Schneider, Hiking Grand Teton National Park (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Bill Schneider, Best Easy Day Hikes: Grand Teton National Park - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Grand Teton National Park (Day Hike Books).
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