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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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Irwin, Idaho
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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70 reviews 70 reviews
30 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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Jonesboro, Arkansas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is a very arduous hike, full of switchbacks. Also make sure you check with the back country rangers about the snow conditions before going. I went in late June and there was still 4 feet of snow a half mile from the lakes. However, it is a great hike and the lakes are drop dead gorgeous.

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Hatfield, Massachusetts, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

This is a great hike - it's only about 5 miles each way but it climbs over 3,000 feet. However, it's as an easy as 3K as you could ever hike - very gradual and TONS of switchbacks. Once you get to amphitheater lake - don't stop there. Either go up to your right and you can hike maybe 400... More

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Mannheim, Germany
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Majestic views of flower meadows with Bradly and Taggart lakes below. Surprise amd Ampitheater Lakes at the top are a real treat.

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Zephyrhills, Florida
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110 reviews 110 reviews
55 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

We saved this hike for last. The change in elevation is beautiful, but be warned, you had better bring plenty of water to dring and air in your lungs. The 3,500 feet feels like 10 miles. The payoff is seeing the lake surrounded by an amphitheater of rock with the GRAND TETON himself staring right down at you. There will... More

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Jackson, Wyoming
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93 reviews 93 reviews
53 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013 via mobile

if you plan on going even remotely high up the trailthen please bring some bear spray. nearly each of the ten or fifteen times I've hiked I've ran into a bear and subsequently a family with kids without any bear spray. step for step it's second to only the long lake solitude hike. start early though otherwise you will be... More

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Manhattan Beach
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

Before you reach Amphitheater Lake you see Surprise Lake, which should be named "Thank God There are No More Switchbacks Lake". And now that I think about it, I could rename Amphitheater Lake, "I'm So Glad I Didn't Listen to My Body and Turn Around After Seeing Surprise Lake Lake". Seriously, it was a challenging upward climb, over 3000ft gain... More

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