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Bradley Lake Professional Review and Guide
"For details on the first part of this route, refer to the String Lake and Leigh Lake hike descriptions. When you leave Leigh Lake, you pass through a forested area, part of which is recovering nicely from a 1981 forest fire. Just before you reach Bearpaw Lake, you enter a large meadow.The trail to Trapper Lake stays low and goes over a makeshift footbridge over the inlet to Bearpaw Lake and then up on a small ridge where it turns north and heads for Trapper Lake. There is a nice bench with an overlook of Trapper Lake, a good place for a relaxing lunch to the music of trout jumping in the lake."
--Bill Schneider, Hiking Grand Teton National Park (Falcon Guides).
Beautiful trail! Easy, flat hike. We stayed at Trapper Lake (18B) - very private, but not on the water. Walked up to the ridge overlooking the lake at sunset and watched elk passing through.
This is a easy backpacking over night. I packed into Trapper Lake with my 2 daughters and wife when my youngest was 7 years old. Just back from packing into Bearpaw lake and the youngest is now 16 carrying a full pack. There are great views of the mountains along Leigh Lake. This is a great family backpacking trail with little elevation gain.
This is a great backpack, especially if you bring your kids along. It is relatively flat (just some ups and downs around the lakes) and very beautiful. The trail skirts along Leigh Lake on the way to Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes, and you get plenty of postcard views of the Tetons across the lake.
If you plan to camp, I wouldn't camp along the East Shore of Leigh Lake because the trail goes right by them.
I highly suggest you go all the way to Trapper Lake -- there is only one campsite there, and it must be reserved at the Ranger Station. There is a neat knoll right next to the campsite from which to observe wildlife in the meadow (we saw several moose), and great views of Mt. Moran.
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