Delta Lake via Lupine Meadows Access
Delta Lake via the Lupine Meadows Access Trail is a fantastic hike in Grand Teton National Park. This trail is challenging with a seriously steep and consistent climb. We recommend this trail for experienced hikers only.
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Route Description for Delta Lake via Lupine Meadows Access
The hike to Delta Lakes is arguably one of the most scenic routes in Grand Teton National Park. This is a challenging trail. Proper hiking footwear, lots of snacks, lots of water, and an extra layer are all essential items for your packing list. The steep and consistent climb up loose rock will leave your muscles aching and your lungs heaving, but we promise that the challenge is totally worth it.
If the climb to Delta Lake doesn’t leave you breathless, the views will. Nestled just under the Grand Teton itself, Delta Lake is a stunning turquoise basin, attracting hundreds of hikers each year. This trail is not for the faint of heart nor the inexperienced, but for those looking for a rewarding challenge, it doesn’t get better than this.
To hike to Delta Lake, begin at the Lupine Meadows Trailhead and follow the path south across Glacier Gulch Creek to a divide. At this divide, take the path on your right and make your way up the switchbacks to Delta Lake. The trail here becomes a bit unclear. Look for cairns (stacks of rocks) that mark the way.
Enjoy your time on the shores of Delta Lake. Snap a few photos and soak in the incredible beauty of this natural wonder before heading back to the trailhead the way you came.
Delta Lake is a glacial lake in Grand Teton National Park. This lake is a stunning turquoise color, an effect caused by rock flour (glacial silt) deposited in the lake by the nearby Teton Glacier.
Frequently Asked Questions
How hard is the hike to Delta Lake?
The hike to Delta Lake is a challenging route for experienced hikers.
Which Teton is Delta Lake on?
Delta Lake is located directly below Grand Teton, the highest point in the Teton range.
Insider Hints for Delta Lake via Lupine Meadows Access
- Hiking poles can be a huge help on this trail
- Take your time on the way back down, most injuries happen on the descent, go slow, go steady, be safe
- In the rain, the boulder field can get slippery, take your time and, no matter the weather, wear proper footwear with good grip
Getting to the Delta Lake via Lupine Meadows Access Trailhead
This hike begins at the Lupine Meadows Trailhead at the south end of Lupine Meadows Access Road just south of Jenny Lake.
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