Hike the String Lake Loop, Grand Teton NP

Wyoming String Lake Trailhead, WY

Added by Michelle Olmstead

A family-friendly, scenic hike around a beautiful lake and into a lodge-pole pine forest, with gorgeous views of the Tetons.

String Lake is a great place to spend time in Grand Teton National Park. There are many options for fun here including kayaking, canoeing, swimming, and picnicking. The warm, shallow waters make it a great lake for families, and there are many options for hiking here, from easy to difficult.

This trail-head is the starting point for the loop around the lake as well as the access point for the Leigh Lake and Paintbrush Canyon Trails, among others. If choosing to do the loop in the morning, start in a counter-clockwise direction for better views of the mountains. The hike around the lake provides beautiful views of the cathedral group (Teewinot, Grand Teton, and Mt. Owen) and later Mt. Moran. After about 1.4 miles, you will cross a bridge and head into the beautiful lodge-pole pine forest. Upon leaving the forest, you will be treated to beautiful views of the lake below. Wildflowers are abundant here in Summer.

This is a fun, easy hike for the whole family with options for longer, more strenuous hikes if desired. You may even see a few critters on the trail, including the yellow-bellied marmot, who seems to enjoy posing for pictures, but please keep a safe distance from all wildlife on this trail, and do not feed them. In addition, please pack out all food you bring into this area, as unattended food attracts black bears. Mosquitoes can also be an issue around the lake so bring the bug spray if hiking here in the Summer or Fall.

Pack List

  • Appropriate clothing for the season
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Bug spray
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
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Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Swimming

Skill Level:



Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



3.8 Miles

Elev. Gain:

275 Feet



Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area

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5 months ago

One Of The Bests Short Hikes

Easy non challenging hike. Full of beautiful views and wildlife. Had my first bear encounter on this trail (south side by the steps). Cinnamon Black Bear, quite the experience. If you encounter one keep your distance! Always carry bear spray and KNOW how to use it. Video on Instagram @hikingjacksonhole Also take a rain coat weather changes constantly and quickly, but DO NOT brave the dark clouds or you might be hiking back in a hurry due to lighting #dontknowdontgo Enjoy!

5 months ago

8 months ago

Great for all levels

This is a classic GTNP hike! It is easy, and incredibly scenic. Well worth even braving the summer clouds.

8 months ago

Added by Michelle Olmstead

Landscape photographer, Biologist, Mom, and Wife from Salt Lake City, Utah. National Park lover and wilderness advocate. I enjoy running, hiking, cycling, camping, and Nordic skiing. Instagram @findmeonthemountain Email: findmeonthemountain@gmail.com

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