Moose Ponds

Jenny Lake, Wyoming 83012

Moose Ponds

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"The Moose Ponds are a set of three ponds in a lush, stream-fed marshy bowl. The ponds sit near the south end of Jenny Lake beneath the jagged spires of Teewinot Mountain.

The area provides an ideal habitat for moose, deer, and waterfowl, making it an excellent place to observe wildlife. This loop trail follows the south end of Jenny Lake, then circles the ponds and crosses Lupine Meadows."

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Hiking Grand Teton National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"A short loop hike for wildlife watchers"
Best Easy Day Hikes: Grand Teton National Park - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides)
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"The area around South Jenny Lake is heavily developed—and a bit confusing to the first-time visitor. Fortunately, if necessary, you can get your questions answered at the visitor center. From the visitor center, start following the trail around the south edge of Jenny Lake. You immediately cross over Cottonwood Creek (outlet to Jenny Lake), along the north edge of a road, and pass the boat-launching area before getting to what looks like a real trail (Jenny Lake Trail). Follow this trail for less than a half-mile to the junction with the Moose Ponds Trail, which is on top of a glacial moraine at the south end of Jenny Lake."

Moose Ponds Trip Reports

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This is an easy hike with payoff. The runoff was so strong that the streams were rushing and beautiful. The lake itself was BEAUTIFUL. It is surrounded by pines and areas of meadow in the shadow of the Teton peaks. I have worked my butt off on hikes with half the payoff. Make this hike part of your Teton National Park Trip.
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A spectacular, short hike with a moderate climb (up/down to Phelps Lake).

Starts out through beautiful forest with small meadows brimming with wildflowers. Fantastic views of the southernmost Teton peaks, and views of Death Canyon as you reach the highest part of the walk and begin descent down to the Lake. Chipminks, marmots and birds all along the way. As we reached the lower meadows along the lake encountered a bull moose blocking the path... gave him a wide berth and worked our way around.

The Lake has a very long, narrow sandy beach... great for anybody, but especially families with kids, as the water is very shallow near the beach, and has a very long, gradual slope. Aout a half-mile away a female moose was in the lake cooling down. Got within 500 feet and took some pictures. Coming back we encountered a bear (a small cub, maybe 2-3 years old). We were more than halfway up the ascent when we heard/saw bushes right next to us shaking vigorously. I had a good idea what it was so we continued to walk quickly. The Bear emerged within 10 feet (behind) us, glanced our way and continued across the trail and up the slope. It stopped about 10 feet up the slope, looked our way, and we walked away.

Overall, this hike had everything (except a major waterfall/cascade), which I found remarkable for such a short, easy hike so close to jacksin and the Park Entrance.
I'd highly recommend it.

(about 1:15 each way... we spent an hour at the lake... 3.5 hrs total),
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No ice axe needed at Static Peak Divide, but just barely. Not a good place to fall, but . . . I was in running shoes and negotiated the cornice right before the divide just fine. Should be all cleared out by now. Did this as part of a nice 26-mile run from Jenny to Phelps (the long way). NPS ranger who hitched me back to Phelps to Jenny told me there are grizz in Death and around Phelps. Sheesh! I was running that stretch all out in full iPod mode. Be bear aware.

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Trail Information

Jenny Lake
Nearby City
150 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Bridger Teton National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS: Jenny Lake and Moose • Adventure Maps: Jackson Hole
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