Hike to Ski Lake

Wyoming Philips Canyon Trailhead

Added by Brynn Schmidt

This is a beautiful, moderate hike that doesn't require much time. It's close to Wilson and Teton Village and features incredible views, wildflowers, and lake at your destination. This is a dog-friendly hike.

This is a great hike that is just a few minutes from Wilson, WY. This trail is used more by locals than visitors to the area, but is a great one to check out if you are nearby. The views are incredible and the lake at the top is pretty cool, too.There is easy access from Teton Village and Jackson Hole, and it is also accessible also from the Moose Wilson Road if you are in the Tetons.

The trail starts at the Philips Trailhead and is 2.2 miles up to the lake from junction with Phillips Pass Trail #4001C (park along the dirt road near the trailhead sign). It is an out-and-back trail making your total trek 4.4 miles. It is a moderate hike that starts off at an elevation of 8,211 feet and ends at Ski Lake with an elevation of 8,666 feet. Total gain is 455 feet through forest, open meadows and aspen - a great hike to do in the fall for colors and spring/early summer for wildflowers. Carry bear spray - you are in grizzly country.

For the best details, check out this map of the area.

Getting there: From Wilson take WY 22 and head up the pass. Travel a few miles until you see a dirt road on the right - Phillips Canyon Road. The trailhead is down this road a very short distance and the hike starts just past the kiosk on the left. There is even a container for doggie bags there in case you forget one.

Pack List

  • Bear spray
  • Water
  • Your dog
  • Camera
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Skill Level:



Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



4.4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

455 Feet



Dog Friendly
Family Friendly

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5 months ago

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Amazing little hike. Be prepared to go up in elevation quick, but also be prepared for amazing views and possible the sight of moose, bear signs and if your lucky a bear at a distance. Take snacks and a pad to sit on and enjoy the serenity that Ski Lake has to offer. Easy to hike, well maintained.

5 months ago

Added by Brynn Schmidt

I love wilderness/beaches: photography, hiking, camping, backpacking, and hanging out with my guys while they climb. Mom, wife and co-founder of non-profit organization serving in Gabon and DRC, Africa. Find me on Instagram @brynn.alise.photography

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