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Amphitheater Lake

Grand Teton National Park, WY
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Type: National Parks, Valleys, Bodies of Water, Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking, Canoeing, Camping, Fishing, Viewing wildlife
Description: Scenic lake popular with hikers.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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63 reviews 63 reviews
11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014 via mobile

We did this hike in Sep 2014. Started out at 8 AM at 36 degrees, ended at 5 PM at 76 degrees. The hike is as described in the guide books: flat at the beginning then up hill relentlessly, gaining 3000 ft in 4.5 miles. The views along the way were spectacular. You can see much of Jackson Hole including... More

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Jackson, Wyoming, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The trail to Amphitheater lake is nicely groomed. There's enough traverses to keep you going opposed to going straight up. Gorgeous up top. Took us about 5 hours round trip.

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Portland, Maine
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This hike can be strenuous because of the ridge trail and the ascent but so worth it! Very relaxing to sit by the lake, take in the incredible view of the cirque and have lunch after hiking for several hours. Cannot wait to do it again next year!

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Rural Virginian
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167 reviews 167 reviews
66 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This hike is popular but not horribly so. We had a beautiful day in July and had a gorgeous hike with lots of wildflowers and chipmunks. We detoured just a tad to take in Surprise Lake as well--if you walk just a little way around Surprise Lake the view of the mountains, including Grand Teton, is stunning.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This was an amazing , but difficult hike. The trail seems to go on forever with the switch backs and constant rise to the top. No flatish area to get a breath. I hiked this trail July 17, 2014 with my sons (adult). We almost did not continue due to a Brown bear crossing the trail 30ft from us, and... More

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Houston, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This was a pretty tough hike with 3000ft elevation gain, but we loved it! The kids did great, we walked through fields of wild flowers, but also through snow. Both Surprise Lake on the way and Amphitheater Lake are amazing!!!

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Irwin, Idaho
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

The first two times I attempted to get there I could't because of deep snow in June, summer comes late to Amphitheater Lake. After I made it there, I was delighted I kept trying as the place is awesome.

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Sydney, Australia
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126 reviews 126 reviews
58 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

This trail divides about halfway up and one leads to Amphitheatre Lake, and the other to Garnet Canyon-these notes cover the Garnet Canyon divide. The trail starts off as the Lupin Meadows Trail and is flat for the first half mile from the trailhead through pine forest with views of the meadows. The trail then follows the spine of a... More

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Santa Clarita, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

the hike was a challenge but the reward of scenic panoramas and a beautiful destination made it worth the work. wildlife along the way was also a welcome reward for the steep climb.

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Laguna Beach, California
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

This is an AWESOME hike! While effort is required to get to the Surprise & Amphitheater Lakes, the pay-off is well worth it. The majority of the 3,100 ft. vertical incline occurs AFTER mile marker 1.7 meaning, it's ALL uphill from there. With no flat spots to provide relief from the incline, you'll either love it (like me) or lament... More

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