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Address: Moose-Wilson Road, Grand Teton National Park, WY
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One of the gems for a reasonable half day hike

You start from the Rockefeller Preserve. Parking is a serious issue as there are a limited number of parking spots available and no parking within any reasonable distance. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
jdpatmoose
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Moose, Wyoming
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Moose, Wyoming
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You start from the Rockefeller Preserve. Parking is a serious issue as there are a limited number of parking spots available and no parking within any reasonable distance. The bad news: It limits the number of folks who can access the beautiful trails. The good news: it limits the number of folks wandering those trails...calm and pretty uncrowded. This is... More 

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Jackson, Wyoming
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370 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

Many know about this sweet place as a summer hiking destination but it really rocks for cross country skiing, too! Approach the death canyon trailhead road from the north after stopping for a free map and information of conditions at the Craig Thomas discovery center in moose. Park where you can at the junction with the moose Wilson rd., closed... More 

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Cedar Hill, Texas
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

My husband and I did our research on all the hikes we wanted to do. This one was the most memorable one for me. Probably because we encountered a huge moose almost on the trail. We bided our time waiting on him to head back up the mountainside. It's quite a long hike around the lake. We ate lunch on... More 

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Issaquah, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

The LS Rockefeller Visitors Center was closed for the season - architecturally, a beautiful building but have no idea what is inside. We hiked Phelps Lake loop. One of the trails into the lake goes next to a stream, the other through the forest. We thought the stream trail was more interesting and if we had to do the trail... More 

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Frisco, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Easy, low vertical change, crystal clear water. If you're looking for that perfect reflection of the mountains in a calm lake this is it. Get there close to sunrise for the stillest water and the great colors on the mountains. Hike clockwise and get to the slightly elevated position (about 30 minutes of brisk walking) to get that perfect shot.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Peaceful. Get there early. They limit the number of people in the Laurence S Rockefeller Preserve at a time. When the parking lot is full you have to wait until a car leaves. We took the trail to Huckleberry Point. It was a beautiful walk through the woods along the lake. The only downside of limiting people for us... bear... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

A perfect day hike for those who want a moderate hike with little elevation change. The hike from the parking lot and around the lake is just about 8 miles. You will want to get there before 9 AM as parking at the Rockefeller center is limited. We packed our lunch and water and headed out. Just a few minutes... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Moderate intensity beautiful hike in glorious area. Well worth the effort. Spend a few hours or an entire day in this neck of the woods, literally. One of many splendid hikes in this amazing part of the nation.

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West Chester, Ohio
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Distance total loop: Around 4 1/4 miles Total Distance Round Trip from Moose-Wilson Road: Just over 6 miles. I'm a moderately fast hiker, but no trail runner so it took just about 2 and half hours. I visited Jackson Hole, the Grand Tetons, and Yellowstone in the first week of August 2015. I'm an experienced hiker from the midwest, and... More 

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Asheville, NC
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201 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Clearly the Rockefeller family deserves a huge thanks for this wonderful haven. However, the ever-constant references to Laurance Rockefeller seemed over the top and designed in a pm obsequious manner in thanks for the incredible generosity of the gift of this preserve. Now- the hike is great, up to a view of Phelps Lake and back, about an hour and... More 

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