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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
As a teen I would ride my bike to this trail. The trail was an easy hike to phelps lake which lead to the mouth of death canyon. I would go to Teton village and then ride on a dirt rode for about a mile...More
The trail was very nice and manageable with several kids. All of us enjoyed it, especially the finale; Phelps Lake. As it is not a very long hike, we packed a lunch and ate it there at the lake. Because we wanted to keep a...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!