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Emma Matilda Lake

Intermediate
 3.8 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A rolling hike providing great views of the mountains and a high probability of wildlife sightings.


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10.2

Miles

16.5

KM

Loop

7,300' 2,225 m

High

6,815' 2,077 m

Low

714' 217 m

Up

708' 216 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly This hike is a little harder than Two Ocean Lake, but if your kids are up for a challenge, they'll love the solitude and possibility for wildlife sightings.

Overview

Circle Emma Matilda Lake on this shoreline-hugging trail as it takes you to some of the best Teton Range vistas in the park.

Description

This trail and lake are named after the wife of William O. Owen who was among the first four climbers to ascend to the summit of Grand Teton in 1898. The natural lake is 2.7 miles long and can be reached by way of a 1 mile route from a parking area at Two Ocean Lake or via a slightly longer trek from Jackson Lake Lodge.

The northern shore of Emma Matilda Lake winds uphill for a half-mile from the parking area to a large meadow favored by mule deer. The trail continues along the north shore of the lake through a dense pine forest sitting 400 ft. above water level before dropping down to an overlook where you'll enjoy awe inspiring views of the Tetons, Jackson Lake, and Christian Pond. The trail along the southern shore travels through another densely populated forest filled with spruce and fir trees.

Flora & Fauna

The aquatic habitats along the lake and its adjacent forests, marshes and meadows fulfill the needs of many forms of wildlife. Diverse and abundant vegetation offers excellent food and cover. Look for moose, river otters, beavers, muskrats, coyotes and mule deer.

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Shared By:

Tom Robson

Trail Ratings

  3.8 from 4 votes

#6

in Central

#4075

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Hiking the Emma Matilda Lake Trail in Grand Teton National Park, June 2018.
Dec 16, 2018 near Colter…, WY
Jackson Lake and Grand Teton
Oct 24, 2020 near Colter…, WY
Emma Matilda Lake from its southern shore.
Oct 24, 2020 near Colter…, WY
Hiking the Emma Matilda Lake Trail in Grand Teton National Park, June 2018.
Dec 16, 2018 near Colter…, WY
Hiking the Emma Matilda Lake Trail in Grand Teton National Park, June 2018.
Dec 16, 2018 near Colter…, WY
The eastern half of Emma Matilda Lake.
Oct 24, 2020 near Colter…, WY

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Sep 18, 2020
Bill McBride
Added Christian Pond loop for 12 miles total. — 9h 15m
Aug 27, 2020
Bee Bee
Aborted early after 4mi because wasn't great
Sep 1, 2019
Tilman Giese
Jul 20, 2019
Matthew Waters
The second half of the trail had more down trees but you can get around them all.
Aug 18, 2018
Lexie Neffinger
10.2mi
Jun 26, 2018
Brittany Michael
The last half of our hike through the woods was filled with bugs. Otherwise it was gorgeous! 10mi
Jun 26, 2017
Sarah Batcheler
Saw two swans, one bear
Aug 23, 2016
Patricia Flatt