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Amphitheater Lake

 15 votes

Length

9.9 Miles 16.0 Kilometers


Elevation

2,949' 899 m

Ascent

-2,949' -899 m

Descent

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

9,690' 2,953 m

High

6,741' 2,055 m

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Hike to meadow-ensconced glacial lakes as Disappointment Peak towers above all the while.

Tom Robson

Overview

Not overly technical, this hike offers stunning views from Amphitheater Lake and Surprise Lake, a must-see side trip.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs

Description

Starting from the Lupine Meadows trailhead/parking area, Garnet Canyon Trail contours southward, across Glacier Gulch Creek, and then turns west ascending a semi-steep fall line. Shortly after heading west, the trail is intersected by the Bradley Lake Trail, stay straight (right) here to continue on Garnet Canyon Trail.

From this intersection, the trail switchbacks five times, popping in and out of the trees multiple times. Be sure to take a quick look back at Bradley and Taggart Lake below, as well as Sheep Mountain (11,239') and its "Sleeping Indian" formation across the Jackson Hole Valley. Just after the fifth switchback you'll reach an intersection with Amphitheater Lake Trail - turn right.

Once on the Amphitheater Lake Trail, you'll switchback lazily four more times until the trail hits a steep segment, switchbacking ten more times very sharply. The top of these switchbacks brings you to a nice, gently sloping area that plays host to both Surprise Lake and Amphitheater Lake. These two glacial lakes sit just below Disappointment Peak (11,618') and Surprise Lake features a backcountry campsite (permit required).

History & Background

Early mountaineers thought the slopes leading to Amphitheater Lake would continue to the summit of Grand Teton (13,775'). When they reached the top of the ridge they were disappointed to find it actually ended at the summit of now named Disappointment Peak (11,618').

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Sep 16, 2017
Chris Hinshaw
light dusting of snow. 9.9mi
Sep 1, 2017
David L
Sep 1, 2017
Henrique Casagrande
Amazing! Start early the mid section is very exposed 9.9mi
Aug 26, 2017
Mark Rowan
Aug 24, 2017
T Boulet
Definitely a challenging hike, but the lake is such a great pay off! 8mi — 6h 00m
Aug 12, 2017
James Ortmann
Aug 3, 2017
Kyle Payne
11.5 miles
Jul 31, 2017
Clara LeeWays
Beautiful!

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