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    Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes Trail

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    14.3 km
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    68 m
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    Indulge yourself in the beauty of the Grand Tetons National Park. The Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes Trail exhibit the grandeur and diversity of this mountainous region. While the trail is long, there is limited elevation change, so hikers of most skill levels and ages should be able to tackle this trek.

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    Route Description for Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes Trail

    Explore the forested shoreline of several crystalline lakes on the Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes Trail. Immerse yourself in the rugged wilds of the Tetons and revel in the abundance of flora and fauna. The marshy terrain along this scenic footpath is a magnet for moose—if you do see wildlife, be sure to admire them from a safe distance! While unlikely, encounters with bears are possible—one person n the group should have bear spray and be versed in safety procedures. Note the Grand Teton National Park charges an entrance fee; refer to the NPS website for additional information.

    While the workout and sweat are all part of the experience, the scenery along this path is the main attraction. Arguably one of the most striking settings in the country, the craggy Teton crests that frame the shimmering lakes will render you speechless! Wander through pristine conifer woodlands and flowering meadows and cool off in the refreshing glacial waters. Boasting photogenic scenery, you will definitely want to make sure your camera is charged! Though this route is beautiful year-round, the vibrance of the spring vegetation is unparalleled.

    Embark on your adventure along the Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes Trail from the String Lake Trailhead. Setting out from here, the String Lake Trail tracks north along the forested shoreline. This section of the path is hard-packed. It is accessible to strollers and wheelchairs. As you wander, you will likely notice eager explorers canoeing and kayaking in the crystalline waters. Eventually, you will reach an intersection at the northern end of the lake and veer right here onto the Leigh Lake Trail.

    A much bigger lake than String Lake, the glacial pool is adorned with Boulder Island and framed by the rugged ridges anchored by Mount Moran. This route will gently undulate along the shoreline past several beautiful backcountry campsites. Keep an eye out for moose in the wetlands and marvel at the beauty of the vibrant wildflowers that carpet the forest floor. Soon you will pass a lovely beach that offers wonderful views of Mystic Isle and the looming Teton Mountains.

    At the north shore of the lake, you will encounter an intersection, and take the Trapper Lake Trail around the western banks of Bearpaw Lake. This small glacial lake is bound by lush meadows and towering conifers. Enjoy majestic views of Mount Moran, then continue up to Trapper Lake. Located just beneath Jackson Lake, this small pool provides great vistas of the Jackson Hole valley. Revel in the wonderful setting that encompasses you, rehydrate and rest, then retrace your footing back along the path to the trailhead.

    Trail Highlights

    Bearpaw Lake

    Bearpaw Lake is a charming glacial pool in the Grand Teton National Park that sits at an elevation of 2,087 m, offering wonderful views of the Tetons. Sitting beneath Mount Moran to the north of Leigh Lake, a hike to this lake makes for a great adventure.

    Trapper Lake

    Trapper Lake is another glacial lake that is located just above Bearpaw Lake. Sitting at an elevation of 2,109 m, the beautiful pool flows into Bearpaw Lake and Leigh Lake. Here you will find a lovely campsite—hikers hoping to reach Jackson Lake usually set up shop here. This lake boasts awesome views of the Jackson Hole valley.

    Insider Hints for Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes Trail

    • Moose frequent this area, admire them from a safe distance
    • Pack backpacking gear and spend the night in the backcountry
    • Bring your camera, the scenery is unrivaled
    • Make sure at least one person in your group has bear spray and knows how to use it
    • Bring a swimsuit and towel so you can enjoy the glacial lakes

    Getting to the Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes Trail Trailhead

    The Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes Trail is accessed via the String Lake Trailhead off String Lake Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Backcountry Camping, wilderness permit required.

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    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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