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Amphitheater Lake

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Length


9.9 Miles 16.0 Kilometers


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

Low

Shared By Tom Robson

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

Tom Robson

Dogs No Dogs

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

Overview

Not overly technical, this hike offers stunning views from Amphitheater Lake and Surprise Lake, a must-see side trip.

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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Aug 19, 2018
jeff green
Aug 17, 2018
Brooks Tellekamp
10mi
Aug 17, 2018
Bryan Dunning
Aug 10, 2018
Nikki B
Lantier, Zacherl, Heying
Aug 7, 2018
Jean-Yves Ruchon
Aug 4, 2018
Jackson Ross-Parent
Great hike, easy trail
Aug 2, 2018
Kyle Bass
very hard but great views and saw a bear! 16mi
Jul 31, 2018
Kevin Luo
10mi

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