Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes

Moose, Wyoming

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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.

Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Moose
Distance: 9.6
Elevation Gain: 3,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: 5 hours
Local Contacts: Grand Teton National Park
Local Maps: USGS Moose and Grand Teton, Trails Illustrated Grand Teton National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes

Recent Trail Reviews

9/8/2008
1

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.


7/16/2008
0

Wonderful hike - still lots of snow and ice at the Lakes. Vistas and views were magnificent!



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