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Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes



9.8 mile 15.8 kilometer loop
100% Runnable


Ascent: 179' 54 m
Descent: -179' -54 m
High: 6,936' 2,114 m
Low: 6,871' 2,094 m


Avg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 6% (3°)


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Trail shared by Tom Robson

Follow the forested shore of Leigh Lake to two small lakes as Mount Moran towers ominously above.

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife


This scenic and incredibly easy route follows String Lake as it winds its way north providing awesome views of the Tetons. The route then skirts the eastern shore of Leigh Lake offering constant views of Mount Moran (12,605'). Finally, you'll reach the two lakes: Bearpaw and Trapper.

The views of the valley are better from Trapper Lake, but the views of the mountains are superior from Bearpaw - be sure to hit both!


Starting from the Leigh Lake Trailhead (located at the northern end of the Leigh parking area), head northwest on Leigh Lake Trailhead Connector. At the first junction you encounter turn right to start the scenic journey along String Lake Trail. Follow this north as the Mount Moran views just keep coming! From the top of the Leigh Lake you'll have epic views of Mount Woodring (11,591'), Rockchuck Peak (11,145'), and Grand Teton (13,775') as it looms to the south.

Once you're at the northern tip of Leigh Lake, head west and take your pick of which lake to enjoy: Bearpaw or Trapper. Trapper Lake provides stunning views of the Jackson Hole Valley and is less-trafficked, but Bearpaw has better views of the mountains... If you're torn on which to experience, just do both! Once you've had your fill of lakefront views, head back to the Leigh Lake Trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

Keep an eye out for Moose - they love this marshy environment!

Osprey, eagles, sandhill cranes, and other waterfowl are easy to spot in this area.

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The Tetons from String Lake
Jan 8, 2015 near Jackson, WY
String Lake Panorama - Explored
May 6, 2015 near Jackson, WY
String Lake - One of the best spots in Grand Teton NP.
Sep 6, 2016 near Alta, WY
Over the Outlet of Bear Paw with permission from Hobbes7714 Photo Credit: Andrew Wahr  Link:
Jan 15, 2015 near Yellows…, WY
Swimming under Grand Teton splendor.
Jan 28, 2015 near Jackson, WY
Bear Paw Lake. Grand Teton National Park. Worth the effort for the seclusion!
Aug 7, 2016 near Alta, WY


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