“Follow the forested shore of Leigh Lake to two small lakes as Mount Moran towers ominously above.”
— Tom Robson
Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
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.
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!
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.