Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes

Jenny Lake, Wyoming

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This is one of the most popular hikes in the park, so expect to see lots of people on the trail and a large parking lot full of vehicles at the trailhead. From Lupine Meadows, the first 0.5 mile of the Valley Trail goes through mature forest with nice views of Grand Teton off to the right and then climbs up a ridge to the junction with the trail to Garnet Canyon. Turn right (west) here and start a series of switchbacks up to the lakes. At several points you get sweeping views of Bradley and Taggart Lakes to the southeast and Jenny lake to the northeast, as well as the rest of the valley floor.

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"This is one of the most popular hikes in the park, so expect to see lots of people on the trail and a large parking lot full of vehicles at the trailhead.

From Lupine Meadows, the first 0.5 mile of the Valley Trail goes through mature forest with nice views of Grand Teton off to the right and then climbs up a ridge to the junction with the trail to Garnet Canyon. Turn right (west) here and start a series of switchbacks up to the lakes. At several points you get sweeping views of Bradley and Taggart Lakes to the southeast and Jenny lake to the northeast, as well as the rest of the valley floor."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Jenny Lake
Distance: 9.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Season: Mid-July through
Local Contacts: Grand Teton National Park
Local Maps: Earthwalk Press Grand Teton map and NPS handout map
Driving Directions: Directions to Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes

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May 2018