Phelps Lake Loop
ElevationAscent: 787' 240 m
Descent: -788' -240 m
High: 6,800' 2,073 m
Low: 6,401' 1,951 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“A nice run around Phelps Lake with stunning views of the Teton Range.”— Tom Robson
Gain the aforementioned ridge through an easy climb, then switchback three times, contouring the top of the ridge and begin the trail's final descent. Pass Phelps Lake Trail on your left, and be sure to take in the awesome views of Phelps Lake and the surrounding Jackson Hole valley. This trail eventually reaches an intersection with Phelps Lake Trail at the southern tip of Phelps Lake.
Turn left onto this trail as it heads north and skirts along the western shore of Phelps Lake until it joins Valley Trail at the lake's northern extent. The views of Phelps Lake from this trail are splendid. At the intersection with Valley Trail turn right, then shortly after, turn right onto Phelps Lake Overlook. The views from this segment are also awesome - you can't go wrong here!
The eastern section of Phelps Lake, Spur Trail, has awe-inspiring views of multiple Teton peaks, including: Albright Peak (10,552'), Prospectors Mountain (11,241'), Mount Hunt (10,783'), and Apres Vous Peak (9,508'). Spur Trail has a great view of an Open Canyon and its U-shaped nature. This canyon was formed during the last glacial maximum approximately 15,000 years ago!
At Spur Trail's terminus, turn left onto Boulder Ridge Trail. Boulder Ridge passes David Spalding's gravestone. Once a homesteader in the area, Spalding is known as one of the first ascenders of Grand Teton.
Continue east as the trail continues to rise and switchback left, then right, then it descends heading southeast. Boulder Ridge then undulates through forests and fields. Continue straight, across an old road crossing, then you'll eventually reach a junction with an LSR Connector trail.
Turn left on this connector which will take you back to the parking area!
Aspen, cottonwood, alder, and willow trees abound on this run.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Grand Teton National Park