Lower Green River Lake Circuit
ElevationAscent: 639' 195 m
Descent: -641' -195 m
High: 8,164' 2,488 m
Low: 7,968' 2,429 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
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“A spectacular loop around Lower Green River Lake, with views toward Squaretop, White Rock, and more.”— Anne Travels
The trail intersects the CDT: Summit Lake to Union Pass (WY Sec. 15), #094; this section is known as the Highline Trail. Veer right, away from the Osborn Homestead and the sign for Gunsite Pass, and cross a smaller bridge before ascending slightly to work your way along the hillside above Lower Green River Lake's eastern shore.
The views are spectacular of the lake, surrounding mountains, and especially the iconic, flat-topped Squaretop Mountain, to the junction with the Clear Creek Trail #184 at mile 2.4 (note that the trail enters the Bridger Wilderness at mile 0.75). Continue straight, following the sign for Three Forks Park, and descend to the handrail-and-log bridge across Clear Creek (equestrians take the right fork and cross at a ford downstream from the bridge).
After nearly another mile, the trail intersects the New Fork-Porcupine Trail #137 (here referred to simply as the Porcupine Trail). Turn right, crossing the bridge over the inlet stream. Over the next 0.3 miles, be sure to look back at the lined cliffs of White Rock; Squaretop also makes a peek-a-boo appearance over the scrub and grasses between the two Green River Lakes.
Turn right at the next junction, following the sign for the Lakeside Trail #144. The trail for nearly the next 3 miles is through the forest, although during the last mile there are social trails down to the lake shore; in season, the shoreline can be explored in some areas. The shoreline offers good views toward Squaretop and White Rock.
At mile 6, the trail breaks out of the forest into a meadow. Work your way via social-looking trails to the road; turn left up the road, and take the trail, on right, back to the junction below the parking area.
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Land Manager: USFS - Bridger Teton National Forest Office