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Address: Grand Teton National Park, WY
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Scenic lake popular with hikers.

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It is a sadness that most times I have visited this wonderfully secluded spot was on the way to the north side of the Grand Teton and the glacier found there or to Mt. Owen when... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Jackson, Wyoming
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Jackson, Wyoming
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381 reviews
213 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is a sadness that most times I have visited this wonderfully secluded spot was on the way to the north side of the Grand Teton and the glacier found there or to Mt. Owen when it is such a splendid destination for its own sake. Get a backcountry camping permit from the Rangers to fully absorb this place. Or... More 

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Chattahoochee, Florida
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31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Vertical climb of 3000 feet over 4.8 miles. Then you must come down. The views are once in a lifetime and provide a great experience into the high back country of GTNP. Take two liters of water per person and sunscreen. A rain jacket may be needed. Our first attempt in 2008 was not successful as the temperatures soared and... More 

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Frisco, Texas
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242 reviews
126 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Not for the faint of heart - can be up to a 10 mile hike depending on route and 3000 feet of elevation change. Bring lots of water but also bring a good wide-angle lens. What a reward for those willing to put up the effort.

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St. Albans
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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64 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
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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92 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 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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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 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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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 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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10 reviews
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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98 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
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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