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Arizona Creek Trail to Bailey Meadows

Grand Teton National Park

Targhee/Teton Area, Wyoming

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Arizona Creek Trail to Bailey Meadows

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  • Heading out to Bailey Meadows on Arizona Creek Trail.- Arizona Creek Trail to Bailey Meadows
  • The trail isn't heavily used, so you may have it all to yourself.- Arizona Creek Trail to Bailey Meadows
  • The only Teton views are near the trailhead.- Arizona Creek Trail to Bailey Meadows
  • The aspen grove in the first section.- Arizona Creek Trail to Bailey Meadows
  • Bear claw marks on a pine tree.- Arizona Creek Trail to Bailey Meadows
  • Wyoming Indian paintbrush.- Arizona Creek Trail to Bailey Meadows
  • Don't forget your bell.- Arizona Creek Trail to Bailey Meadows
  • Black-eyed Susans.- Arizona Creek Trail to Bailey Meadows
  • Wildflowers along the trail.- Arizona Creek Trail to Bailey Meadows
  • Small beaver pond along the creek.- Arizona Creek Trail to Bailey Meadows
  • Creek near the trail.- Arizona Creek Trail to Bailey Meadows
  • Creek crossing.- Arizona Creek Trail to Bailey Meadows
  • Leaving Grand Teton National Park.- Arizona Creek Trail to Bailey Meadows
  • Hiking through the trees.- Arizona Creek Trail to Bailey Meadows
  • Moss growing on the trees.- Arizona Creek Trail to Bailey Meadows
  • Most of the ascent occurs in one section of the hike.- Arizona Creek Trail to Bailey Meadows
  • Purple fleabane.- Arizona Creek Trail to Bailey Meadows
  • Fern undergrowth.- Arizona Creek Trail to Bailey Meadows
  • Once atop the ascent, you reach Bailey Meadows.- Arizona Creek Trail to Bailey Meadows
  • Rolling hills across the meadows.- Arizona Creek Trail to Bailey Meadows
  • A few lupine hanging on late into the season.- Arizona Creek Trail to Bailey Meadows
  • Goldenrod flowers in Bailey Meadows.- Arizona Creek Trail to Bailey Meadows
  • Hawks are a common sight.- Arizona Creek Trail to Bailey Meadows
  • Just past the meadows are a few more nice areas worth checking out.- Arizona Creek Trail to Bailey Meadows
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Not much vertical gain. Great flowers. Lots of wildlife.
Cons: 
Not as visually stunning as other nearby hikes. Lots of bears.
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Region:
Targhee/Teton Area, WY
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,013.00 ft (308.76 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
10.00 mi (16.09 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,813.00 ft (2,076.60 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The early stretch of this long and meandering trail begins in the Grand Teton National Park, but it eventually extends into the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The relatively flat hike through pine forests and grasslands is punctuated with a steep ascent that takes you up to the beautiful Bailey Meadows. The views of the Tetons are limited here, but the wildlife and the wildflowers are in no short supply. You may not see a bear, but you'll likely see sign in the form of scat, claw markings on trees, and endless large paw prints in the mud. Keep your eyes peeled for raptors flying around as well as many smaller birds. There is a beaver dam along Arizona Creek, and elk are likely common up at Bailey Meadows when it cools down.

The rolling hills and wide meadows in this area are a far cry from the jagged canyon valleys within the Teton range itself. This trail offers people an escape from the crowds and the chance to enjoy a longer hike that is not nearly as grueling as many others. It has great birding and wildlife viewing, and it would be an awesome place to skin in during the winter and hit the gentle slopes on some backcountry skis. While not as stunning as some Teton hikes, the solitude and wildness of the area is just as rewarding. Once you are in the Bridger Teton Forest, dispersed camping is allowed.

This trail is seldom used, and the path often looks more like a game trail than the nicely-cut pathways common in national parks. One of the fun things about this trail is the small creek crossing you need to manage not long before the national forest border. Take the right fork in the trail just after the creek to stay on the trail. Bring your bear spray, a bell, and long sleeves to keep out of the sun. It's an exposed trail most the way.

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