lakeshore Trail

Moose, Wyoming

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A short, flat walk along the scenic shoreline of Colter Bay and Jackson Lake. The trail starts out as a service road (with a locked gate and only occasionally used by vehicles).Along this stretch of trail, you can enjoy outstanding views of Colter Bay with Mount Moran providing a classic backdrop. At the end of the dirt road, you reach Swan Lake Trail, the first junction where the loop section of this trip begins. Go right (south), unless you decide to take the route in reverse.The trail turns into a well-used singletrack, but it is still in excellent shape. About 0.2 mile later, you reach a fork in the trail. If you don’t mind a little hill, go right for a nice view from the Jackson Lake Overlook. Either trail takes you to Heron Pond about a half mile later.
Hiking Grand Teton National Park

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Hiking Grand Teton National Park

by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)

A short, flat walk along the scenic shoreline of Colter Bay and Jackson Lake. The trail starts out as a service road (with a locked gate and only occasionally used by vehicles).Along this stretch of trail, you can enjoy outstanding views of Colter Bay with Mount Moran providing a classic backdrop.
At the end of the dirt road, you reach Swan Lake Trail, the first junction where the loop section of this trip begins.

Go right (south), unless you decide to take the route in reverse.The trail turns into a well-used singletrack, but it is still in excellent shape. About 0.2 mile later, you reach a fork in the trail. If you don’t mind a little hill, go right for a nice view from the Jackson Lake Overlook. Either trail takes you to Heron Pond about a half mile later.

©  Bill Schneider/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Moose
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: June through Sept
Local Maps: Earthwalk Press Grand Teton map; National Park Service handout map; Grand Teton Association’s Colter Bay brochure
Driving Directions: Directions to lakeshore Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/9/2001
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Excellent hike! The first part is also a horse trail, so watch for droppings. Both lakes are beautiful, with lilypads covering much of them, and the reflection of the Tetons visible in Swan Lake. Lots of insects by the ponds, so bring bugspray or you won't be able to concentrate on the sights. We saw many swans, not to mention herons, a bull moose that we watched for a good 1/2 hour, tons of birds and smaller wildlife. This was such an exciting hike, with wildlife practically around every corner. Be cautious and respectful. There are many nests in and around the ponds. Don't forget your binoculars!


5/18/2001
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It was a rainy day in mid-May, so we did this hike in our brightly-colored raincoats (mine was ketchup red, my husband's was mustard yellow). Maybe we scared the wildlife away because we didn't see as many wildlife as expected. Not a single swan anywhere in sight (and we were REALLY looking for them), but we did see 1 heron -- at Swan Lake, not at Heron Pond. We also saw a few white birds flying around. It's actually quite a beautiful hike, and very peaceful as well. We hardly encountered anyone or anything else on the trail, not even insects. There was an abundance of pond lilies everywhere on the water -- which was pretty. Oh yes, we also saw a beaver dam on Swan Lake (but no beavers in sight). It was a pleasant and relaxing hike but we were somewhat disappointed at the lack of wildlife sightings.



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