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Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes Lupine Meadows Trailhead Professional Review and Guide
"The Lupine Meadows trailhead is the access point into Garnet Canyon, a steep, backcountry canyon that drains from the park’s centerpiece Teton peaks. The trails from Lupine Meadows—Hikes 1 9 and 20—begin in the level Jackson Hole Valley, then strenuously climb for thousands of feet towards the peaks."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Grand Teton National Park (Day Hike Books).
I don't like hiking around people so if you are like me here is some advice. Go early... you can miss the crowd and you will be glad you did. Also, hike past Inspiration point up the canyon... few people keep going.
We took the boat across and then hiked up. The hike is very nice and has an awesome waterfall. We enjoyed ourselves overlooking the lake away from people. To do this walk past the point and then there are some other less visited points to walk out on. It really is a beautiful view.
On the way down we passed about 100 people... but once down we took the trail around the lake. It is much less traveled and beautiful.
If I was to rate the hike for beauty it would get 5 stars... but all the peeps knock it down to 4. If we had gone later when all the people were coming up... I would have given it 2 stars. Go early!
Hiked this trail with and without kids. Crowded and with few around. Gorgeous photo ops. Just going as far as the falls and then inspiration point is fine if with kids, but you can hike a lot farther back and up to lake if want. Smaller kids won't like the narrow path up to inspiration point, but will love it once they get up there. Go further & see occasional ranger on horse back - just be sure to wear bells or make noise so you don't surprise bears further up on trails - it's just beautiful. Hiked it with injured knee in brace and it was still do-able.
It is absolutely gorgeous! Looking down, I see a sky blue pristine lake surrounded by pines. Looking up, a snow covered mountain towers toward the racing clouds.It is midday and I have chosen this spot to test, reuel and read before descending back to the Visitor Center. There are a Zillion perfect spots around here. This is really big country! This is a very popular trail, so it is also a great place for people watching; families, young romantic couples, groups of boys and girls as well as many little ones hitching a ride on parents backs in fancy carriers. I'm sunning on a big boulder like a turtle.If I turn to the side, my view is of a magnificant boulder field before the lake and a lodgepole pine forest up to the snowline. Jagged outcroppings of the Grand Teton mountains round out the landscape. Everytime I turn around here, there is a scene more beautiful than the last!
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