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All reviews jumping rock rockefeller preserve limited parking death canyon easy hike great hike nature preserve parking lot nice point jump off visitor center parking spot big rock wooded area mile loop early september clear water
So let's face it, we were from Michigan and not hikers. We had no clue what we were getting into, and just looked for distance as my husband has a disability. Our family loved the hike, it was beautiful and not crowded and ended at...More
This hike circles Phelps Lake. We were pretty much alone around the whole lake, perhaps we passed a dozen people at the most. The majority of the trail is right next to the water. There is even a sandy beach that you can stop at....More
Phelps lake is gorgeous. We went early in the morning and the water was absolutely still and reflective - honestly one of the most gorgeous hikes I've ever done. We only went halfway around to jump off of the big rock - and it was...More
Great first experience by hiking to this lake. Only had time to go half way around and turn back but worth it. Amazing views and easy hike. Bring bear spray to feel more comfortable because you do not see many people on the trail. You...More
We drove in from a ranch in the Grand Tetons to do this hike with the famous jumping rock. When we arrived at Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve, there was an attendant directing parking. As one car leaves, one car can park. We had a picnic...More
We got to the Rockefeller Nature Preserve around 5:00pm and found plenty of parking. It is an easy, forested hike to Phelps Lake. Saw deer on the trail around the east side. Made it to the Jumping Rock by 6pm. It looks like a long...More
Take this hike down to the jumping rock along the lake. The hike was fairly easy (my 13 year old dis it fine). The lake was glass when we were there, and we took some amazing reflection photos of the Mountains. For the adventuresome, about...More
We did the 4.5 - 5 mile (round trip) hike from the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve out to the cliff jumping site on Phelps Lake. The water is cold and the jump is perhaps 20-25 feet. I've seen others stating that it's a 40 foot...More
Phelps lake trail is an easy hike from the Nature preserve. Parking is limited. We got there mid afternoon and had to wait 15 minutes in line for a spot but the Park rangers there were nice and great to have conversation with. It was...More
I'm not sure whether the preserve opens when the road opens. Or, to put it another way, I'm not sure whether the opening of the preserve is dependent on the opening of the road. Let me put it a third way: I know... More
I'm not sure whether the preserve opens when the road opens. Or, to put it another way, I'm not sure whether the opening of the preserve is dependent on the opening of the road. Let me put it a third way: I know the road is still closed now; there was just an announcement about it being open for winter uses -- cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, etc. -- but it isn't plowed and open for cars. The opening of the road for cars, and the opening of the preserve, may be connected.
If that's the case, it would be a bit of a hike from the Moose Visitor Center, or some of the other buildings there, just to get to the trailhead. It would, no doubt, be glorious, but it would be a couple more miles in, and out, added to your hike.
Hope you have a great trip. We can't wait to get back there in June!
It's absolutely safe to take a dip. When we watched people doing it this past summer, they gave us two pointers: 1) don't hesitate -- just do it! and 2) don't dive, and don't put your arms out to the side; just jump with... More
It's absolutely safe to take a dip. When we watched people doing it this past summer, they gave us two pointers: 1) don't hesitate -- just do it! and 2) don't dive, and don't put your arms out to the side; just jump with your arms close to your sides. You'll come up fine, you'll swim the ten yards to shore, you'll get out, and you'll feel exhilarated!
Which areas to visit early/late to best avoid crowds? (9 Replies)
Which areas in Yellowstone and GTNP are most affected by crowds and would best be visited at "off" times? (Visiting in July) For example, I have read that Old Faithful geyser is very crowded and would be best early am or dusk. Also Phelps Lake Trail and Jenny Lake parking is difficult unless visited before 10am. Are there other areas which would best be visited early or later in the day and what would be the suggestions for those areas?
May 15, 2017|
Where is your lodging? Most recommended for YNP is a split that allows you access to the main sights early and late, as you don't want to dive in the dark at either time. Canyon overlooks get crowded, they are fairly small areas and the buses stop there and everyone crowds in. Having time to tour yourself, and being able to step back and wait for a busload to move on really helps. Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces drop busloads and make that area crowded at times, again, they have a...More
Itinerary Help - 3 days partially planned (2 Replies)
I'm looking for help with filling the rest of our 3 days in GTNP. I have seen the "must do" lists and read lots of posts, but if you could help I would appreciate it! Trying to figure out how to do as much as possible without driving the family mad is the goal. We are staying at Coulter Bay Village (RV section). We are a family of 4.. kids will be 6 and 9 at the time of the trip. We enjoy being outdoors and the activities that go along with that. We enjoy scenic hikes that have a...More
February 10, 2013|
Have you considered either a float or whitewater raft trip? At that time of year the whitewater trips on the Snake will be pretty mellow, with a few rapids to get the kids excited. Outside the park, Dave Hansen and Mad River are 2 good companies I've had experience with. The float trips operate in the park with different companies. All the trips are fun experiences.
Short Visit Next Week... Thoughts on Itinerary? (10 Replies)
We will be arriving from the East Coast on Saturday for a 4-night stay in JH. I'm sketching out our plan and would love feedback from the resident experts here! We were here 4 years ago with our kids for a longer stay. This is just my wife and I. Saturday: Flight lands around 1pm. Thinking about renting bikes at Dornan's for an afternoon ride... Will take it easy and start the altitude acclimation. Staying at Homewood Suites in town. Will grab dinner somewhere casual in town. Sunday:...More
June 17, 2015|
I like the itinerary - Saturday - a nice bike ride seems like a good way to stretch your legs after a long flight. Why not have an early dinner at Dornans since you are on east coast time, unless you want to clean up, which is understandable. Don't come hungry on a Saturday night in Jackson without reservations though... you could be waiting for a very long time. Sunday - Two Ocean. Sounds good - great hike. Bring bear spray. Very high bear frequenting area. This won't be all day but its...More