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Address: Moose-Wilson Road, Grand Teton National Park, WY
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Lesser Known Hike for any skill level just north of Jackson Hole

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 7, 2015
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West Chester, Ohio
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29 reviews
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 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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Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This was a very nice hike from the Death Canyon Trailhead up to the overlook, and then down to Phelps lake. It was a four hour roundtrip counting almost an hour jumping off the huge rock and swimming in the lake. My daughter was here in early June and said the water was super freezing. We went in early July... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Phelps Lake's breathtaking views and quiet, peaceful atmosphere is so worth the hike. Plan on a few hours for even just hiking halfway around it. The "jumping rock" is not marked, but is about halfway around on the eastern side. Despite not seeing people for 30 minutes at a time (so serene and enjoyable in comparison to some hike in... More 

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Sedona, Arizona
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49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Everyone said that this is easy - I guess it depends on how old and how fit you are, and if you are used to the altitude. However, we enjoyed the walk through lovely flowers and stopped at the overlook. My husband walked down to the lake and back. I wandered around the overlook and was rewarded with a close-up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Beautiful view of the tetons. On the way you run into many different kinds of landscapes if you are willing to go all the way around. In June we saw fields of flowers, a marsh with large tadpoles, a beach with butterflies, flowing streams, a rock where people were diving, thick forest, and different kinds of ferns. The parking area... More 

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Alexandria, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

The hike is in the Laurence Rockefeller Preserve, which is a "must see" in the park, but parking is limited so arrive early -- we arrived at 10:30 am and had to wait to park. After the hike, visit the preserve center to continue the "calming" effect of the stroll to the lake. The walk is easy, with two bridge... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 via mobile

I hiked this trail with my girlfriend. We are not in the best of shape, and we handled this hike easily. The loop is long; however, the scenery makes it easy. We parked at the Rockefeller Preserve parking lot. Extremely friend staff. Go visit the museum. The trails were awesome. The trails to the Southeast of the lake are well... More 

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Blowing Rock, North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Okay, seniors, listen up. If a couple in their mid 70s can do these trails, so can you. Phelps Lake trail is a 7.2 mile loop around this lake in the Rockefeller Refuge. There are absolutely beautiful views of the Tetons, both above the lake in the soft early morning light--start your hike by 7 am or so to escape... More 

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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

There are two ways to get to Phelps Lake, either from the Rockefeller Visitor Center or the upper trail that goes into Death Canyon. Both are great, the later being a little harder as you have to negotiate a 1000 foot descent (and after, ascent) to get to and from the lake. But the lake is unbelievably gorgeous....John D Rockefeller... More 

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