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Hiking Grand Teton National Park
by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)
A short hike to a low-elevation lake. From Lupine Meadows, the first 0.5 mile of the trail goes through mature forest with nice views of Grand Teton to the right. It then climbs up a ridge to the junction with the Garnet Canyon Trail, which also goes to Surprise and Amphitheater lakes.Turn right (west) and start a series of switchbacks up to the junction with the Garnet Canyon Trail. Go left (south) and hike on a gradually ascending trail above the stream to where it ends in a large boulder field.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Grand Teton National Park
The short lollipop hike to Taggart Lake, named for the chiefgeologist of the 1872 Hayden Expedition, is one of the mostaccessible and popular day hikes in the park. The trail is ingreat shape all the way, with a few rocky sections.
Day Hikes in Grand Teton National Park
by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)
The Taggart Lake Loop is a leisurely, accessible, and scenic hike at the base of the Tetons. Taggart Lake sits below the towering peaks, formed by a glacier flow from Avalanche Canyon directly to the lake’s west. This hike circles the moraine that encloses the lake along the Beaver Creek drainage. The trail climbs over the glacial moraine to an overlook of forest-lined Taggart Lake while the Teton peaks rise in the background. The hike passes through the area burned in the 1 985 Beaver Creek Fire. The forest has since renewed itself with lodgepole pines and aspens.
This pleasant, gentle hike includes a cascading creek and serene lakes at the base of the Tetons. The trail follows tumbling Taggart Creek to Taggart Lake, then makes a loop along the east shore of the lake en route to Bradley Lake. Bradley Lake was formed by a glacier flow from Garnet Canyon, emptying into the lake from the peaks to the west. The trail climbs over a glacial moraine to the lake at the mouth of Garnet Canyon. On the return, there is an excellent overview of the area as the elevated trail perches over Taggart Lake, traversing an area burned in the 1 985 Beaver Creek Fire. The new forest has thrived, blanketing the area in lodgepole pines and aspens.
Great hike. This was our approach to climb Middle Teton. Along the way we saw a HUGE black bear just off the trail eating and minding his own business. Later we saw a mama bear and cub near the trail. We waited a while to pass since mama bears are protective. We saw and heard wild grouse, marmots (protect your food well), and other animals. We camped at about 10,000 feet up the canyon and the final route to Middle was easy (still need mountaineering gear). The other campers were lower in the canyon near the creek where the trail peters out. The setting is incredible. If you can make it just to the saddle between South Teton and Middle Teton, you will be rewarded with views of the ranges in nearby Idaho.
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