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Willow Flats Trail

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An easy route winding through dense wildlife habitat.


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6.0

Miles

9.7

KM

Point to Point

6,878' 2,097 m

High

6,819' 2,078 m

Low

148' 45 m

Up

118' 36 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

6%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Make a day-trip of this easy hiking experience and grab lunch or have a picnic in Colter Bay.

Description

Starting from Jackson Lake Lodge, this hike begins on a mostly unused jeep road. Generally closed to vehicles, this road only sees motorized traffic from horse-riding groups being resupplied.

The first mile of the route heads through a marsh, which proves to be an incredibly ecologically diverse area. Chances are high of you seeing some wildlife. Continue onwards and pass by two beaver ponds and over Spring Creek on a small footbridge. From here you'll get a great view of the Teton Range as it towers over Jackson Lake.

After crossing the marsh, pass over Pilgrim Creek on a large concrete bridge and approach the first trail junction. At the junction, Willow Flats meets Second Creek Trail and you'll enter a forested area mainly comprised of cottonwoods. Take a right at this junction to stay on Willow Flats Trail.

After the junction the forest becomes more populated with conifers, and the trail beckons you to continue further, enjoying the cool views along the way. After the second intersection with Second Creek Trail, continue on for ~1 mile and you'll eventually reach the corral.

From the corral, Willow Flats Trail becomes wide singletrack and slowly re-enters the forest from the open corral area. Pass by Swan Lake Connector and the trail terminates at an intersection with Hermitage Point Connector.

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Shared By:

Tom Robson

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  4.0 from 1 vote

#6

in Central

#12404

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#6

in Central

#265

in Wyoming

#12,404

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Photos

This shot is taken from the back deck of the Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park.
Apr 1, 2020 near Colter…, WY
Willow Flats and the Teton Range from Jackson Lake Lodge.
Oct 24, 2020 near Colter…, WY
A great view of the mountains.
Dec 8, 2017 near Colter…, WY
Grand Tetons
Jan 19, 2015 near Yellows…, WY
Moose in Grand Teton National Park
Dec 8, 2017 near Colter…, WY

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