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String Lake Loop

Grand Teton National Park

Targhee/Teton Area, Wyoming

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  • Signs at String Lake.- String Lake Loop
  • Various hikes accessible from this spot.- String Lake Loop
  • View of Grand Teton from the creek just downstream from the bridge at the south end of String Lake.- String Lake Loop
  • Great view of Grand Teton from the bridge.- String Lake Loop
  • This is grizzly country, so take appropriate precautions when hiking.- String Lake Loop
  • Mamots can often be spotted along the trail.- String Lake Loop
  • The trail loops around the lake.- String Lake Loop
  • Some 200 feet above the lake, marmots warm up in the sun.- String Lake Loop
  • Various hikes are accessible from this point.- String Lake Loop
  • Watch for wildflowers along the way.- String Lake Loop
  • The trail ascends through the forest just northwest from the lake.- String Lake Loop
  • Bridge over the creek at the north end of the lake.- String Lake Loop
  • Mount Moran from the south end of Leigh Lake.- String Lake Loop
  • Canoers paddling by Boulder Island in Leigh Lake, with Mount Moran in the background.- String Lake Loop
  • String Lake makes for a perfect site to go canoeing or kayaking on very calm and still water.- String Lake Loop
  • String Lake makes for a perfect site to go canoeing or kayaking on very calm and still water.- String Lake Loop
  • Grand Teton in the distance.- String Lake Loop
  • Grand Teton in the distance.- String Lake Loop
  • There are almost perfect reflections of the mountains when there is no wind.- String Lake Loop
  • String Lake makes for a perfect site to go canoeing or kayaking on very calm and still water.- String Lake Loop
  • - String Lake Loop
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful views of the mountains and lakes.
Cons: 
Can be busy, especially the parking lot.
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Region:
Targhee/Teton Area, WY
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
300.00 ft (91.44 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.25 mi (6.84 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,878.00 ft (2,096.41 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The String Lake area of the Grand Teton National Park is very popular, largely because the calm waters are a perfect setting for canoeing, kayaking, or simply taking a plunge on the lake. Several hikes are accessible from the picnic area by the lake as well, including Hidden Falls and Leigh Lake Trail, among others. One of those hikes is the String Lake loop, which is fairly gentle and offers great views of the lake.

The parking lot has gotten increasingly busy over the last few years, but there is usually enough space for everyone. There are picnic tables by the shore, and restrooms at the north parking lot. Assuming you would like to make the hike clockwise, start walking south toward Jenny Lake and cross the bridge over the creek at the south end of String Lake. Do not miss the view of Grand Teton from bridge. Turn right 1,000 feet later to continue around the lake (head left to hike to Jenny Lake and Hidden Falls).

From that point, the trail ascends 150 feet over the following mile, on the west side of the lake. Look for huckleberries and other wild berries in the summer. The next half a mile is fairly flat before the final ascent of another 150 feet or so.  After that the trail loops around and descends through the forest for a very pleasant walk. After crossing the bridge, the trail overlaps with the Leigh Lake Trail. Take a moment to walk north to Leigh Lake, where Boulder Island makes for a great foreground to Mount Moran in the background. The walk back (south) to the trailhead is mostly flat, as Grand Teton is reflected on the surface of the lake if it is not too windy.

Grand Teton National Park is grizzly bear country, so it is recommended to hike in groups, make noises -possibly carrying bells hanging from your backpack, and carry bear spray. As the area is usually fairly busy, it is unlikely that you will need it, but it is always a good idea to have it just in case. Other wildlife that can be spotted in the area includes coyotes, deer, elk, moose, black bear, marmot, eagles and osprey.

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