Hermitage Point Loop

Grand Teton National Park

Targhee/Teton Area, Wyoming

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Hermitage Point Loop


  • Trailhead.- Hermitage Point Loop
  • Colter Bay at the beginning of the hike.- Hermitage Point Loop
  • River otters within 50 feet of the trailhead.- Hermitage Point Loop
  • River otters within 50 feet of the trailhead.- Hermitage Point Loop
  • These guys were so curious and friendly.- Hermitage Point Loop
  • River otters in Jackson Lake.- Hermitage Point Loop
  • Jackson Lake from the Hermitage Point Loop.- Hermitage Point Loop
  • Great views of the Tetons from across Jackson Lake.- Hermitage Point Loop
  • Heron Pond.- Hermitage Point Loop
  • Terrific views of Mount Moran (12,605 ft) from this hike.- Hermitage Point Loop
  • Views from the Hermitage Point Loop.- Hermitage Point Loop
  • The views from Half Moon Bay are stunning.- Hermitage Point Loop
  • Hermitage Point dead ahead.- Hermitage Point Loop
  • A goose flying over the lake.- Hermitage Point Loop
  • Having lunch at the point.- Hermitage Point Loop
  • Enjoying some of the cold water on my toes.- Hermitage Point Loop
  • Looking back to the point from the southeast loop.- Hermitage Point Loop
  • Backcountry campsite.- Hermitage Point Loop
  • Great views from this camp.- Hermitage Point Loop
  • Looking southeast as Third Creek drains into Lake Jackson.- Hermitage Point Loop
  • The trail is very well marked, which is nice given all of the forks in the road.- Hermitage Point Loop
  • Ducks fleeing the scene.- Hermitage Point Loop
  • Third Creek.- Hermitage Point Loop
  • Third Creek.- Hermitage Point Loop
  • This guy was fearless!- Hermitage Point Loop
  • Hermitage Point Loop.- Hermitage Point Loop
  • Hermitage Point Loop.- Hermitage Point Loop
  • Some geese at Swan Lake.- Hermitage Point Loop
  • Heavy pine forest to end the day.- Hermitage Point Loop
Overview + Weather
Tons of wildlife. Backcountry campsite. Low elevation gains.
Can get a bit boring in the pine forests. Bear sign.
Targhee/Teton Area, WY
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
100.00 ft (30.48 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Total Distance: 
10.00 mi (16.09 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,809.00 ft (2,075.38 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Hermitage Point is a small peninsula sticking out into Jackson Lake just across from the majestic Teton range in Grand Teton National Park. A mostly flat 10-mile loop trail starts out from the Colter Bay boat launch and takes you through several distinct environments on your way to the isthmus. The hike brings you near several lakes, bays, inlets and creeks and is absolutely loaded with wildlife. Along with river otters, geese, ducks and birds of prey, there is a good chance to see a moose or even a bear here.

The trail has a few ascents and descents, but it is essentially a long flat walk that is nice considering how steep some of the other hikes in the park can be. While many people start out on the trail, most turn back long before the point itself, so may have it to yourself. Some of the pine forests can get quite heavy and even a little boring in stretches, but there are enough visuals on this hike to keep you entertained. The views along the north trail are stunning sights of the entire Teton range from Half Moon Bay, while the southern views show the beautiful Third Creek running into the lake.

Always bring your spray when hiking in the general territory; bear sign is abundant in the area. The hike is exposed in certain stretches, so bring sun protection on hot days. There is a backcountry campsite on the southeast side of the loop, but you will need to reserve if you want to camp here. There are some flowers in summer and a few colors in fall, but overall the beauty comes from the views and the animals. This is a nice hike for anyone who wants a long day on the trail without large elevation gains.

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