Two Ocean Lake Trail

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Elevation Gain814ft
Trailhead Elevation6,936ft
Elevation Min/Max6900/6968ft
Elevation Start/End6936/6936ft

Two Ocean Lake Trail

Two Ocean Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It is within Grand Teton National Park. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 6,936 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 814 feet. Near the trailhead there are parking, restrooms, and a picnic site. This trail connects with the following: Emma Matilda Lake Trail and Grand View Point Trail.

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Day Hikes in Grand Teton National Park (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"Two Ocean Lake and Emma Matilda Lake are two long, narrow lakes to the east of Jackson Lake. The forest-lined lakes sit in glacier-carved depressions. Snow melt filled the depressions, forming the lakes as the glacier retreated. This quiet, secluded hike around Two Ocean Lake traverses the rolling terrain through meadows lined with aspen groves and old-growth spruce, fir, and pines. Along the north shore are views of Jackson Lake and the Teton Range. At the west end of the lake is an alternative route to Grand View Point, which includes magnificent views of Two Ocean Lake, Jackson Lake, and the Grand Tetons. (Grand View Point may also be accessed via Hike 40.) Bears frequent the area, so use caution."
Hiking Grand Teton National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"A medium-length hike around a large lake in a lesser-known section of the park. From the trailhead, it’s 0.5 mile to the junction with the loop trail around the lake. This junction is in a big meadow and was not signed when I was there. Several unofficial trails make it more confusing, so be alert to get on the correct trail. If you’re following this trail description, go right (northwest) at this junction. Don’t go extreme right and get on an unofficial trail, which takes you back to Pacific Creek Road. After the junction, you face a small climb to get to the ridge above the lake. At 2.2 miles, turn left at the cutoff trail to Two Ocean Lake. Most of the north-shore trail goes through sagebrush meadows, aspen stands,and a mixed-conifer forest, often offering up a nice view of the lake."
Best Easy Day Hikes Jackson Hole (Falcon Guides)
Dina Mishev
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"Early season, bright wildflowers dominate the hillsides around Two Ocean Lake, but this lake in the northern part of Grand Teton National Park is at its best in the fall, when aspen stands along its shore glowing yellow and orange."
Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (Wilderness Press)
Andrew Dean Nystrom
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"This nearly level loop hike around a mountain lake is a perfect early- or late-season altitude acclimatization route. It also offers a nice escape from the crowds that flock to trails on the park’s popular western side. Arrive early or stay late for the best chance at spotting deer, elk, or moose. Whenever you turn up, definitely allow time to ascend Grand View Point for some amazing views."
Best Easy Day Hikes: Grand Teton National Park - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"When I took this hike in late June, I didn’t see another hiker, which is next to amazing considering how nice this hike is. The reason? When you think of hiking in Grand Teton, you don’t think of gentle trails around forest-lined mountain lakes. Instead, you think of walking around the great peaks. You can take the loop in either direction. I liked the north shore better because it was more open and the Teton Range was visible across the lake on the horizon. Since the morning is clear more often than the afternoon, you might try the north shore first."

Two Ocean Lake Trail Trip Reports

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Great hike and the wildflowers were beautiful. The hike was prettier than the lake. This was an average mountain lake, but the hike was had great views and meadows. This hike is moderate and keeps your heart pumping as you gain elevation at that altitude.

One cool thing... We have hiked hundreds of miles in the backcountry and today we saw a mountain lion... we were very happy. It moved too fast to get a picture because it was staying front of hikers with dogs coming the opposite direction. It was very cool.

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Trail Information

Grand Teton National Park
Nearby City
Grand Teton National Park
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
National Park Service, Park Headquarters, PO Drawer 170, Moose, WY 83012-0170, (307) 739-3309,
Local Contacts
NatGeo TOPO! Map (USGS): Two Ocean Lake
Local Maps

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