Taggart Lake Trail

#5 in Best Things To Do in Grand Teton National Park
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Key Info

Teton Park Road

Price & Hours

Free

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Hiking, Recreation, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Most of the hiking trails in Grand Teton National Park are listed as strenuous or, at the very least, moderate. The Taggart Lake Trail is described as easy-to-moderate by most hiking guides, and it's a good one to attempt if you're a novice hiker or visiting the park with kids, since the elevation change is roughly 400 feet and the distance is only about 3 miles round-trip. If you're a seasoned hiker, don't let the trail's moderate degree of difficulty sway you from making the trip: Visitors say the views of Taggart Lake and the surrounding streams, meadows and conifer groves are nonetheless rewarding. 

If you're looking for more of a challenge, some travelers recommend extending this lovely hike to about 5 miles by trekking on to Bradley Lake. Others say that the chance to dip into Taggart Lake makes the trail a kid-pleaser. To avoid the midday crowds and secure a parking spot, reviewers suggest arriving before 10 a.m. 

You can jump on the trail from the Taggart Lake Trailhead, which is located off Teton Park Road between Jenny Lake and Moose, Wyoming. The trail is free to access with park admission. Keep in mind that Teton Park Road is closed to visitors from Nov. 1 to April 30. For more information, visit the National Park Service's website.

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#1 Jenny Lake

The 2-mile-long, 250-foot-deep Jenny Lake is the muse of many an artist and photographer –and a great place to base your Grand Teton National Park trip. Depending on the weather, visitors can fish, paddle, swim, or boat its waters, or they can take the moderate 7 ½-mile round-trip hike from the Jenny Lake Trailhead for views of Cascade Canyon, Storm Point, Symmetry Spire and Mount Moran, among others. There is also a much shorter 1 ½ -mile round-trip hike to Hidden Falls, which is a traveler favorite. It's a central spot for visitors wanting to spend a night at the campsite or upscale Jenny Lake Lodge. If travelers would rather boat than hike their way to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point, they can hop aboard the Jenny Lake Boating shuttle service, which offers shuttles every 10 to 15 minutes during the day. Taking the shuttle will knock off 2 miles (each way) to the Cascade Canyon trailhead. 

Hit this popular trail early to avoid the crowds (the parking at the southern end of Jenny Lake is often full from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), but don't miss it since recent travelers describe it as a "must-see" with "great views." Others called Jenny Lake the "prettiest" in the country. 

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