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

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Worth the hike

Great hike with beautiful views. Our 9 and 10 year old did this without difficulty. The elevation gain was not bad. Surprise Lake is another beautiful spot along the way. Bring... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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St. Albans
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Great hike with beautiful views. Our 9 and 10 year old did this without difficulty. The elevation gain was not bad. Surprise Lake is another beautiful spot along the way. Bring bear spray as we had a sighting about 3 miles up the trail. Definitely recommend this hike.

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Americus, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We visited Surprise Lake first and decided it was worth the extra .2 mile up the Amphitheater. Eleven miles round trip - and even though our hiking book described it as "demoralizing" - what an incredible sight! Beautiful scenery to take in with the Grand in the background. There is a small trail going up to the left (think goat... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This is a good hike if you want to get quite high reasonably quickly. Truth be told, the distant views across the flatlands on the way up are nothing special, but you do get to see the lakes down below, which is good. Only once you get to Surprise Lake do you get the feeling that you're deep in mountain... More 

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Homosassa, Florida
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

One of the best hikes in the Tetons. Any great reward takes effort. I was 59 when I did this. Take the Lupine Meadows trail. The switchbacks were not easy , the sun was beating down. Then I saw patches of snow and soon Surprise Lake. Then a few yards more and you come to Amphitheater. You will not forget... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This is a difficult hike but very doable if you are in shape. No super hiking experience necessary. I am scared of heights and have been on a few hikes were I am scared to look down, or scared of being on the very edge of a cliff, or scared of having to scramble what seems to be straight up... More 

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Bozeman
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

This is a tough hike, mainly switchbacks - and we're talking 20, or thereabouts - and lots of blazing sun, so start early and bring plenty of water. But after 3,000 vertical feet or so, you'll find Amphitheater, which is an absolute jewel, and stunning views back across the valley to the Gros Ventre range. About 2 1/2 hours each... More 

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Westborough, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 via mobile

This is a tough hike. You go up 3,000 feet in about 4 miles. The views do not come until you are 1/3 of the way up. Both lakes at the top were beautiful. Bring plenty of water and wear suntan lotion. You are exposed to the sun for most of the switchbacks with very little shade around. We went... More 

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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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29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 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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