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Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
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Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
10.00 mi (16.09 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Pros

Not much vertical gain. Great flowers. Lots of wildlife.

Cons

Not as visually stunning as other nearby hikes. Lots of bears.

Trailhead Elevation

6,813.00 ft (2,076.60 m)

Net Elevation Gain

1,013.00 ft (308.76 m)

Features

Bird watching
Wildlife
Big Game Watching
Big vistas
Wildflowers
Fishing
Big Game Watching

Suitable for

Horseback

Location

Field Guide

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