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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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11  2019-07-01 John9L
9  2017-07-19 friendofThunderg
Author friendofThundergod
author avatar Guides 18
Routes 278
Photos 7,659
Trips 712 map ( 8,339 miles )
Age 37 Male Gender
Location AZ
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Preferred   Aug, Jul, Jun, Sep
Seasons   Summer to Late Summer
Sun  6:10am - 6:21pm
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"A great destination with a surprise along the way"
by friendofThundergod

Likely In-Season!
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 friendofThundergod
    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.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Amphitheater Lake
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    I started my second day in Wyoming in a hostel on the west side of the Tetons. I had some breakfast and checked out and started the drive to Jackson Hole. The route took me over the Teton Pass which was steep with impressive views. I continued over and arrived to a very busy parking lot. I parked and got situated and started the hike in.

    The first mile is easy going as you meander through a forest. There were plenty of people out but the trail was not crowded. The trail then starts a steady climb as you work your way deeper in. You basically climb and climb up a series of long switchbacks & the views only improve as you go. I started to encounter patches of snow as I neared the top. I talked to a few people on their way down and they said there’s lot of snow up top but it’s manageable. I had micro spike but never put them on. Eventually the trail leveled off and I was in a winter wonderland. There was a lot of snow but it was mostly packed. It was not an issue with careful footing.

    I headed over to Surprise Lake and then continued on to Amphitheater Lake which was stunning. The lake was about 75% snow / ice covered and the peaks around it were impressive. This lake is appropriately named. I would take my lunch here and this gave me time to soak in the views. I was in the Tetons two years ago and Chumley wanted to hike here on our last day but I didn’t have the energy after our big trip. It was nice returning to see what we missed.

    After I had my fill I started my return. The going was a little slow as I carefully worked my way back down the snow. With careful footing, I made good time and hit the switchbacks. The snow quickly thinned out and I cruised down. It was a beautiful day and I was feeling good when I got back to my rental car at the trailhead. From here, I loaded up and drove over to Jenny Lake. I would catch the water taxi and would hike into Cascade Canyon. See separate triplog.
    Amphitheater Lake
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    I did this little hike to kill sometime while waiting for Chumley, John and Kyle to arrive for our backpack of the Crest Trail. This was my first hike in Grand Teton National Park and it left me very excited and a little anxious for our Crest Trail backpack.

    The hike up is a bit of a grind, but the trail is in excellent condition and the grade stays pretty manageable. Surprise Lake was quaint, but scenic and pleasant, it alone would make a worthy destination for most. But Amphitheater Lake is certainly the real attraction. I got an early start, so I only had to share the lake with two other people. I really enjoyed the setting of the lake and the stunning scenery around it. I contemplated taking a known spur trail up and around the lake for some better views, but I was feeling a little beat as it was and I wanted to save some energy for the first day of our backpack, so I just walked along the lake, enjoyed its brilliant reflection and snapped pics with the trusty Iphone. The hike down was quick, as one might expect. However, there was about a ten minute delay to watch a small black bear go about its routine. I passed a lot of people hiking out, confirming the trail's reputation, as a popular one. Start early to beat the crowds.

    Permit $$

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

    Map Drive
    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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