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Address: Grand Teton National Park, WY
Activities: Canoeing, Hiking, Camping, Fishing, Viewing wildlife
Description: Scenic lake popular with hikers.

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Very difficult hike, 18 switchbacks, make sure you're prepared.

I consider myself reasonably fit but have not been in Jackson long enough to acclimatise to the altitude so I found this climb extremely tough. There are ~ 18 switchbacks along... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
Rachael D
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Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

I consider myself reasonably fit but have not been in Jackson long enough to acclimatise to the altitude so I found this climb extremely tough. There are ~ 18 switchbacks along the 4.4 mile route to the top and you arrive at an elevation of near 10,000 ft. Make sure you are aware of the following before you set out;... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Hard hike with a 35 lb load, but so worth it when we arrived! Elevation 10,000 ft. Surprise lake was only the beginning....Amphitheater Lake was equally beautiful. Didn't want to leave. Camp spots were plenty spaced apart, and there were enough bear boxes.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We went in mid June. The upper third of this walk was on snow. The lake itself was frozen solid. The view is outstanding. The track at this time of the year can be hard to find. The walk can be tough, at least half of our group of reasonably fit middle-aged 'walkers' decided to turn back or not complete... More 

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Come early for available parking, bathroom at trailhead. It warms up pretty fast, we hiked in shorts and t-shirts, took about 2.5 hrs to climb. Still snow at top for last mile in early June. The view is amazing! the water was a beautiful clear turquoise color at Surprise Lake and Amphitheater. We slid down in Shorts and tennis shoes,... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This walk is written up in several publications as 'difficult' or challenging. We found it to be a steady but not too tough hike. The views on the way up and back are wonderful and the trail moves in and out woods and clearings and up into Alpine country. The gradient is fairly steady the whole way, and we saw... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 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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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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Springfield, Massachusetts
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 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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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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