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Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes

Easy/Intermediate
 4.0 (7) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Follow the forested shore of Leigh Lake to two small lakes as Mount Moran towers ominously above.


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9.8

Miles

15.8

KM

Out and Back

6,936' 2,114 m

High

6,871' 2,094 m

Low

179' 54 m

Up

179' 54 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

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

Family Friendly Get the entire family familiar with Grand Teton wildlife AND awesome views along this out-and-back hike. This hits the highlights right away and allows for turnarounds at any point.

Overview

This scenic and incredibly easy route follows String Lake as it winds its way north providing awesome views of the Tetons. The route then skirts the eastern shore of Leigh Lake offering constant views of Mount Moran (12,605'). Finally, you'll reach the two lakes: Bearpaw and Trapper.

The views of the valley are better from Trapper Lake, but the views of the mountains are superior from Bearpaw - be sure to hit both!

Description

Starting from the Leigh Lake Trailhead (located at the northern end of the Leigh parking area), head northwest on Leigh Lake Trailhead Connector. At the first junction you encounter turn right to start the scenic journey along String Lake Trail. Follow this north as the Mount Moran views just keep coming! From the top of the Leigh Lake you'll have epic views of Mount Woodring (11,591'), Rockchuck Peak (11,145'), and Grand Teton (13,775') as it looms to the south.

Once you're at the northern tip of Leigh Lake, head west and take your pick of which lake to enjoy: Bearpaw or Trapper. Trapper Lake provides stunning views of the Jackson Hole Valley and is less-trafficked, but Bearpaw has better views of the mountains... If you're torn on which to experience, just do both! Once you've had your fill of lakefront views, head back to the Leigh Lake Trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

Keep an eye out for Moose - they love this marshy environment!

Osprey, eagles, sandhill cranes, and other waterfowl are easy to spot in this area.

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Tom Robson

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Photos

String Lake Panorama - Explored
May 6, 2015 near Jackson, WY
String Lake - One of the best spots in Grand Teton NP.
Sep 6, 2016 near Alta, WY
The Tetons from String Lake
Jan 8, 2015 near Jackson, WY
Mount Moran across Leigh Lake
Nov 1, 2020 near Colter…, WY
String Lake bridge showing a burn area in Fall.
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Image by the National Park Service (NPS).
Dec 23, 2014 near Jackson, WY
Swimming under Grand Teton splendor.
Jan 28, 2015 near Jackson, WY

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Jul 1, 2021
Ling Yau
Sep 19, 2020
Jenn Daniels
skipped trapper lake
Jul 10, 2020
Scott Piper
Sep 3, 2019
Tilman Giese
May 24, 2019
Chandra Nalluri
May 18, 2019
Kristen Lloyd
made it halfway.
Sep 11, 2018
Stephy Yu
Aug 11, 2018
Kendra Ekelund