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Amphitheater Lake, WY

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 10.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,738 feet
Elevation Gain 2,986 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,986 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4-5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 25.03
 Interest Perennial Creek
 Backpack Yes
 Dogs not allowed
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Routes 446
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Trips 949 map ( 9,884 miles )
Age 40 Male Gender
Location AZ
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Yellowstone Region
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Preferred Aug, Jul, Jun, Sep
Seasons   Summer to Late Summer
Sun  4:48am - 7:53pm
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"A great destination with a surprise along the way"

Amphitheater Lake is an excellent and popular destination in Grand Teton National Park. The trail to Amphitheater Lake may feel like a grind for some due to its continuous uphill grade, however, this very scenic subalpine lake is well worth the extra effort. The trail to this quaint gem in the Tetons can be reached via the Lupine Meadows Trailhead.

Aside from the first few tenths of a mile, there is not much flat ground to be had along the trail to Amphitheater Lake. The trail's initial climb is relatively moderate and gradual. It will take you through a a pretty standard conifer forest for this region of the country. You will reach your first intersection with another trail at about 1.7 miles, from here continue straight to Amphitheater Lake, as directed by the sign. After a series of long, traversing switchbacks, the next intersection will occur at approximately 3.1 miles. This intersection gives one the option of taking the Garnet Canyon Trail to the left, or continuing on to the right towards Amphitheater Lake, continue right. From this intersection the trail becomes relatively steep and relentless until one nears the diminutive Surprise Lake. Surprise Lake is definitely worth the very short detour, however, do your part to help preserve this already stressed landscape and obey the signs related to off-trail travel in this area. Amphitheater Lake is just another .5 miles further up the trail. Enjoy this awesome destination for as long as is needed and return the way you came. An early start is recommended to beat the crowds and the heat along the exposed sections of trail leading to Amphitheater Lake.

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2017-08-23 FOTG
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

     Permit $$

    Grand Teton National Park
    $25 for 7 Days, $5 in off season Mid-Dec through April. View Details

    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    The gravel road leading to the Lupine Meadows Trailhead is well signed and in good shape. It is located about seven miles north of Moose Junction and the Craig Thomas Visitor Center.
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     90+° 8am - 6pm kills
    Avoid Heat Illness - stay cool

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