String Lake Horse Trail

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Elevation Gain2ft
Trailhead Elevation6,873ft
Elevation Min/Max6873/6875ft
Elevation Start/End6873/6873ft

String Lake Horse Trail

String Lake Horse Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It is within Grand Teton National Park. It is 115 feet long and begins at 6,873 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2 feet. This trail connects with the following: Leigh Lake Trail.

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Hiking Grand Teton National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"Short day hikes really don’t get much nicer than this one, a flat loop around a gorgeous mountain lake in the shadow of the high peaks. It’s also a good choice for an early-season hike because the snow usually leaves the area long before it gives up the high country. On the String Lake Trail, the first 0.3 mile is wheelchair accessible with spectacular views of the Teton Range over placid String Lake.This is a piedmont lake formed by valley glaciers at the head of Paintbrush Canyon.The same goes for Jenny Lake at the head of Cascade Canyon and Leigh Lake at the head of Leigh Canyon. After passing by the picnic area and parking lot, the trail is no longer wheelchair accessible, but it is still double wide and in terrific shape and offers more sandy beaches and outstanding views."
Day Hikes in Grand Teton National Park (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"String Lake is a long and narrow lake connecting Jenny Lake to Leigh Lake along the base of the Teton peaks. String Lake is a shallow, sandy lake that warms up from the sun, making it popular for swimming. This easy hike circles String Lake, crossing bridges over streams and offering some of the best views of the Tetons."
Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (Wilderness Press)
Andrew Dean Nystrom
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"This is one of the most relaxing and easygoing—and thus very popular—hikes in the park. The nearly flat trail winds through a variety of habitats and traces the shoreline of the smallest in a string of tranquil piedmont lakes, all at the foot of the awe-inspiring Teton Range. Swimming and boating round out the recreational options. Whenever you can get in and out of the park, this Loop hike is a good choice. There are a couple of short, sunny sections, but most of the route remains cool and shady all day long. Swimming is most enjoyable in July and August, after the lake has warmed up a bit."

String Lake Horse Trail Trip Reports

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The water was beautiful and clear. The trees and slopes made it look like the swiss alps.
We had been warned that there might be some bear here, but we didnt see any. We did see a snake on the trail though, and a couple of very large elk!
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Picture-perfect stroll around a shallow, sandy bottom, boulder strewn lake. Great break for small kids (or large ones) to swim, wade and chase tadpoles. Kinda busy, but worth it anyway. Best views from String Lake trail head parking, counter-clockwise up towards the picnic area parking.
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If you're looking for an enjoyable trail on which to wend some time away in Tetons, String Lake's the place.

We started out heading south on the trail and loped along the elevation gain heading north. Ample views of the lake from the hillside and plenty of loud rivulets made the trip up pleasant. Most of the hike was on an open hillside; the sun was plentiful, but there is a number of spots where lodge pole pine forests close you in from overhead. Just as the trail guide indicated, we ran into a number of people. They were few enough when we we're moving on the west side of String Lake north and up to where the trail splits to provide access to the Paintbrush Canyon trail.

Only when we came to the end of the trail and walked alongside the String Lake's banks did we find enough people to interrupt the expected quiet of the forest and mountains. We hiked early, though, and I'm sure that had something to do with it.

Overall, it's a trail that's not going to blow your mind, but it's pleasant, peaceful, and a good way to spend the morning.
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Not for hardcore hikers, but for hardcore hiker's taking a day off with the family. We swam by the canoe takeout in Leigh Lake and had a great time wading. An nearby Island gives the swimmers something to swim to. You escape the crowds somewhat by walking further.

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Trail Information

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