Surprise and Amphitheater lakes

Moose, Wyoming 83012

Surprise and Amphitheater lakes

Surprise and Amphitheater lakes Professional Guide

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"A popular day hike or overnighter to two high-country lakes in the shadow of the Grand Teton"

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Day Hikes in Grand Teton National Park (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes sit on a bench beneath the high cliffs and snow-covered slopes of Disappointment Peak. Amphitheater Lake, at an elevation of 9,698 feet, sits in a rugged, steep-walled cirque at the eastern base of the towering peak. Surprise Lake (9,550-feet) is a circular tarn in a beautiful subalpine setting. The high mountain lakes are located only a quarter mile apart. The majestic peaks of the Teton Range, including Grand Teton, Mount Owen, and Teepe Pillar, surround the lakes. The hike begins on the valley floor in Lupine Meadows, just south of Jenny Lake, and climbs to the lakes through sage-covered meadows, forested moraines, flower-filled slopes, and alpine tundra."
Best Easy Day Hikes: Grand Teton National Park - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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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."

Surprise and Amphitheater lakes Trip Reports

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This was a beautiful hike. The first half of the hike is all up hill. Once you get to the top Surprise Lake is amazing. Make sure to bring lots of water, and something to eat once you reach the top. I would also wear layers because it can get cold at the top.
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Wonderful hike - still lots of snow and ice at the Lakes. Vistas and views were magnificent!
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The trail to Holly Lake is a wonderful trail regardless of your ability. It is a gradual ascent to the lake with tremendous views out the canyon, views of the high peaks on each side and of the cirque. There is a lot of wild life in the canyon also.I saw several large moose, eagles and marmots.

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Skill Level
Mid-July through mid-Sept
Additional Use
Earthwalk Press Grand Teton map; National Park Service handout map
Local Maps