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Moose-Wilson Road, Grand Teton National Park, WY
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed October 18, 2011

We (my wife and I) hiked to Phelps Lake from the Laurence S. Rockefeller Preserve based on the recommendation of a Ranger at the Preserve. We had planned on hiking Cascade Canyon, but schedule and the weather were working against us so I asked for...More

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Reviewed June 15, 2016

Phelps lake is great, and worth the hike. There are 2 ways to access Phelps. First is to park at the wildlife refuge and hike up, which is a little longer, but a milder hike. However, there is maybe 30 parking spots, and the road...More

1  Thank JohnnyRC2014
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All reviews jumping rock rockefeller preserve limited parking death canyon easy hike great hike parking lot nice point nature preserve visitor center big rock wooded area early september year olds carry bear spray elevation gain parking area
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Andrea T
Reviewed October 4, 2018

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

1  Thank Barb H
Reviewed September 17, 2018

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

1  Thank klvoigt
Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

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

1  Thank LauraA339
Reviewed July 31, 2018

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

1  Thank Jen T
Reviewed July 30, 2018

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

1  Thank docjones36
Reviewed July 29, 2018 via mobile

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

Thank bluemix44
Reviewed July 23, 2018

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

1  Thank lpeters82
Reviewed July 15, 2018 via mobile

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

Thank ekimredir79
Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

Gorgeous views, wild flowers, and great hike! We did a total of 6.5 miles from the parking lot all the way around Phelps Lake. Go early for parking availability.

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Becki1006
March 29, 2018|
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Response from cmhprh | Reviewed this property |
Marilyn: 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
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live4him312
February 7, 2018|
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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
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