Goodwin Lake

Jackson, Wyoming

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Goodwin Lake sits in a glacial cirque on the east flank of the prominent, cone-shaped Jackson Peak. The small timberline lake in the Gros Ventre Wilderness is rimmed with whitebark pine and Engelmann spruce on the north, east, and south shores. The steep talus slopes of Jackson Peak rise from the western shoreline. The trail to Goodwin Lake follows a narrow 9,000-foot ridge through open forests, high above Sheep Creek Canyon, to the north end of the lake at the base of Jackson Peak.
Day Hikes in Grand Teton National Park

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Day Hikes in Grand Teton National Park

by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)

Goodwin Lake sits in a glacial cirque on the east flank of the prominent, cone-shaped Jackson Peak. The small timberline lake in the Gros Ventre Wilderness is rimmed with whitebark pine and Engelmann spruce on the north, east, and south shores. The steep talus slopes of Jackson Peak rise from the western shoreline. The trail to Goodwin Lake follows a narrow 9,000-foot ridge through open forests, high above Sheep Creek Canyon, to the north end of the lake at the base of Jackson Peak.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Jackson
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 1,500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Local Maps: USGS Gros Ventre Junction, Blue Miner Lake, and Turquoise Lake, Trail Illustraited Grand Teton National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Goodwin Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

8/10/2007
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The directions were excellent, although we needed some help from someone at the base of the trail to figure out that we needed to head up the smaller trail behind the cars instead of the larger trail/road behind the gate. Once we had that squared away, the path all the way to the lake was easy to follow. The hike was a moderate one, not too many vertical changes but not too flat either. A 7 year-old made it all the way there and back, and a 3 year-old actually made it 2 1/2 miles before needing to be carried the rest of the way (lucky mom! :-) We didn't bring enough weatherproofed gear, so when it quickly got cold and started sprinkling soon after we arrived at the lake we headed back out. The lake itself was *beautiful*, and really worth the trip. The journey also had many amazing sights, including some incredible rock-slides. Overall it was a terrific hike -- I highly recommend doing it if you make it out to Jackson Hole!


8/8/2007
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Excellent hike...varied terrain, beautiful lake. Well used trail popular with Jackson locals. I would highly recommend continuing approx. 1.5 miles beyond the lake to the top of Jackson Peak. Elevation gain from lake to peak is roughly 1300 feet. Views of the Teton Range are spectacular.


8/14/2006
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We really enjoyed this hike. The lake is beautiful and the ensuing hike to Jackson Peak just added more charm to a picture perfect day. I love Wyoming!



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