Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes

Jackson, Wyoming

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Welcome to the Tetons. Don’t try this aerobic hike on your first day at altitude. It climbs nearly a thousand feet per mile—but the views are worth every last gasp of breath. The route is one of the park’s most popular for good reason: It provides quick access to some of the most scenic alpine lakes in North America. Overachievers often add an extension to the stunning Teton Glacier Overlook.
Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

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Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

by Andrew Dean Nystrom (Wilderness Press)

Welcome to the Tetons. Don’t try this aerobic hike on your first day at altitude. It climbs nearly a thousand feet per mile—but the views are worth every last gasp of breath.

The route is one of the park’s most popular for good reason: It provides quick access to some of the most scenic alpine lakes in North America. Overachievers often add an extension to the stunning Teton Glacier Overlook.

©  Andrew Dean Nystrom/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Jackson
Distance: 9.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5–6 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Yellowstone National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Surprise & Amphitheater Lakes

Recent Trail Reviews

9/7/2006
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Certainly well worth the trip with vistas almost along the entirety of the route and to-die-for, classic Teton views from along the shores of both Surprise and (especially) Amphitheater lakes. Shortly after hitting the trail it begins a steady and, at times, seemingly relentless, ascent until shortly before arriving at Surprise Lake. My "surprise" was a mule deer feeding right in front of me when I arrived. It's about 3000 feet over the last 3+ miles so you can feel it. Was told by a party on descent (about 10 mins before my arrival) that there was a mother and black bear cub along the lakeshore of Amphitheater Lake. I did not see either but certainly heightens your sense of where you are, especially while hiking solo. The views across the valley floor, overlooking Jenny, Taggart and Bradley lakes are well worth the trip and the scenery at the top is truly awe-inspiring.



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