Grand View Lakes
ElevationAscent: 1,124' 343 m
Descent: -1,119' -341 m
High: 7,545' 2,300 m
Low: 6,808' 2,075 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)
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“Lakes, wildlife, and viewpoints - what more do you need?!”— Tom Robson
Follow this connector through a forest where wildlife is certainly hiding somewhere behind the dense trees. Once you reach the Two Ocean Lake trailhead, turn right and start your journey along this beautiful lake! The northern shore is split into two trails - take the higher of the two routes, as the low route is a horse route and has no structures over streams and wet areas. The majority of the northern shore winds through meadows and has consistently awesome views. At the western end of the lake you'll reach an intersection with Grand View Point Trail - turn right to begin the tough climb to the viewpoint.
Head south and start the steep climb to the top of Grand View Point. Just prior to reaching the point, the trail levels off at what might be confused as the summit. Keep chugging, though as this is just a false summit! Walk a little further and you'll eventually reach the summit.
From the top, enjoy an outstanding view of Mount Moran (12,605') and the rest of the majestic Teton Range, although some of it is obscured by the trees. As an added bonus, turn your eyes to the east and enjoy an amazing vista of Two Ocean Lake, its associated meadows, and the wilderness beyond.
The trail descends gradually from here and passes an intersection with two Grand View Point Connector on the right, and then heads south to a four-way intersection. Stay straight here to enter Emma Matilda Lake. This southern section travels through densely populated forest filled with spruce and fir trees and eventually brings you back to your parked car.
Additionally, the sagebrush flats seen on the southern end of this hike offer more than 100 species of grasses and wildflowers flourish along with sagebrush. Lack of cover makes large animals conspicuous. Look for pronghorns, coyotes, bison, badgers, elk and Uinta ground squirrels.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Grand Teton National Park