Goodwin Lake

Jackson, Wyoming 83002

Goodwin Lake

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

Goodwin Lake Trip Reports

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8/10/2007
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!
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8/8/2007
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.
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8/14/2006
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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Trail Information

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