Beartooth Loop

Gardner Lake and Tibbs Butte

Distance: 11.2 miles Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Summer, early Fall Last hiked: 2016 September Most people will stop at the Gardner Lake Trailhead for the Beartooth Loop Trail, stand at the overlook, and then continue driving the scenic Beartooth Highway. Hardly anyone ever takes the trail the down Gardner Lake. Even fewer will actually hike the entire loop. …

Amphitheater Lake

Amphitheater Lake

Distance: 5 miles (one way) Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Summer, early Fall Last hiked: 2015 October The Amphitheater Lake Trail is the most challenging of the three most popular hikes in the Tetons. While many casual hikers will check out Inspiration Point and Taggart Lake, experienced hikers don’t mind the 3,000 foot elevation gain to a spectacular alpine …

Taggart Lake Trail

Sunrise Light on Tetons

Distance: 1.5 miles Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2016 December The Taggart Lake is one of Grand Teton National Park’s most popular, and for good reason. It’s considered one of the easier hikes in the park and offers stunning views of the mountains rising above a picturesque glacial lake. The best part is, it can be …

West Thumb Geyser Basin

Black Pool and Moon

Distance: 0.8 miles (loop) Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2015 September The West Thumb Geyser Basin is an easy walk around some very colorful hot springs set against the dramatic backdrop of Yellowstone Lake. If you’re coming in from the South Entrance, it’s a great way to acquaint yourself with some of the features that you’ll …

Ribbon Lake and Point Sublime

Eroded Canyon Walls

Distance: 6 miles (round trip) Difficulty: Moderate Best time of year: Spring, Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2015 September Artist Point in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River has some of the best views of the canyon, or even anywhere in the park itself. For those wanting a bit more with an extra detour to a remote lake, Ribbon Lake …

Harlequin Lake

Harlequin Lake Reflections

Distance: .5 miles (one way) Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Spring, Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2015 September Harlequin Lake is a short and sweet hike for anyone wanting to take a break around the Madison Junction area. The trail is only one mile round trip and with the exception of a couple of moderately steeper sections, is overall an …

Hiking in Yellowstone National Park

Ribbon Lake Trail

General Rules and Understandings for Hiking in Yellowstone National Park Hiking in Yellowstone National Park can be extremely rewarding for a number of reasons. Most obvious to many people is the quick access away from the crowds. Another is having the opportunity to hike in a pristine wilderness that hasn’t been altered by human hands, and has remained so for …

Swift Creek to Shoal Creek Loop

Twilight Over Mountain Peak

Distance: 18.9 miles (loop) Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2015 September The views at the top of Swift Creek, leading to the Crystal Creek and Gros Ventre River headwaters are easily some of the most epic mountain views in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, but it doesn’t come easily. This Swift Creek to Shoal Creek Loop …

Grand View Point Trail

Jackson Lake and Teton Mountains

Distance: 1 mile (one way) Difficulty: Moderate Best time of year: Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2016 June Tip: Bring bear spray. Seriously. It’s not just for the safety of you, but also the bear. Even if you’re at fault, the park will put down the bear for attacking. The Grand View Point Trail and the surrounding area is dense with …

Bearpaw Lake and Trapper Lake

Sunlight Breaking Through Clouds

Distance: 4.6 miles to Trapper Lake (one way) Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Spring, Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2016 June Bearpaw Lake and Trapper Lake Trail Description For those looking for an easy-going, but rewarding hike, Bearpaw Lake and Trapper Lake make for great destinations. Both are tucked away at the base of Mount Moran to the west, in …

Hiking the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve

Phelps Lake Reflection

Distance: 1.5 miles (one way) or many more if desired Difficulty: Easy-Moderate Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2016 December In 2001, Laurance S. Rockefeller donated his family’s getaway ranch to Grand Teton National Park, ultimately becoming the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve (LSR). Upon its completion, the public now had more access to brand new trails and Phelps Lake, …

String Lake to Cascade Canyon

Fog on String Lake

Distance: 6.2 miles (one way – to the end of Cascade Canyon) Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2016 June On a normal summer day, I wouldn’t go anywhere near Cascade Canyon unless I were coming out from a larger, overnight trip. However in late July of this year, we received an unusual dusting of snow …

Delta Lake in the Teton Mountains

Delta Lake and the Grand Teton

Distance: 4 miles (one way) Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2014 August Be forewarned: Delta Lake is a very challenging trail that requires route-finding skills and a very steep ascent up a large boulder field. This trail is not at all for casual hikers. I had always been hesitant to make a blog post about …

Paintbrush-Cascade Canyon Loop

Alpine Terrain in the Tetons

Distance: 20 miles (loop) Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2016 August The Paintbrush-Cascade Canyon Loop remains one of my all-time favorite Teton Mountain hikes. The loop brings you through extraordinary landscapes and diverse terrain throughout the 20-mile journey. It wanders past four dramatic glacial lakes and exceeds elevations of 10,700 feet above sea level. It …

Turquoise Lake

Turquoise Lake and Moon

Distance: 10.9 miles (one way) Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2013 July For starters, don’t let the name fool you. While the lake does have some turquoise color to it, it’s nothing like lakes you see in the Canadian Rockies or even more locally, Delta Lake. It is however, a picturesque lake set against rugged …