• Activities:

    Photography, Running, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    4 Miles

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Forest

The loop hike to Taggart Lake in Grand Teton National Park offers amazing views of wildlife including deer, elk, bears, etc. The lake is a peaceful spot for a break and a snack as well as wonderful views of the Tetons. 

This is an easy, four-mile loop hike that doesn't have much of elevation gain. Start off at the Taggart Lake Trailhead. Hike through the forest following a stream until you reach an opening. Continue hiking until you reach the lake. Sit back and enjoy reaching the lake with a snack and some water. Once you're ready to head back, continue on the loop to the the trailhead. If you chose to go clockwise on the trail, you'll have 1.5 miles left.

Pack List

  • Hiking Boots
  • Camera
  • Water
  • Lunch
  • Bear Deterrent
  • Alarm Clock to wake up as early as possible
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You won't find solitude on this trail, but it is still worth doing for the stunning views of the Tetons reflected in the lake. Consider extending you hike a bit and adding Bradley lake onto the loop since it is so close and has equally beautiful views!

7 months ago
7 months ago

Ask anyone who knows this place, and hiking to Taggart Lake will always be on their recommended list. Some of the absolute best views of the Tetons can be found on this hike, and it's a photographers dream. This hike has a diversity of scenery from open areas with spectacular views of the Tetons to a mixed coniferous forest, and of course, the pristine lake. Make sure to spend some time there, and enjoy lunch right at the base of the Tetons. In fact, this hike gives one of the best close-up views of the mountains in the park. Fishing is also a popular activity here so don't forget your poles!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

What I loved about this hike is the short hike it takes to get there making it a good family hike. The views you get up there with the Tetons are amazing! There's also an awesome stream along the hike.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Great hike for a family with kids. Amazing views, some wildlife. Take some swimming trunks and a picnic blanket with of course the picnic, but please do take what you bring and be bear aware. Great snowshoeing in the winter.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Great and easy day hike leads you to a beautiful lake with a fantastic view of the Grand Teton. Bring some bear spray. Water is super clear.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

With my house being only a few hundred yards from this trail, it is one I have frequented over the years. The mirror reflection of the Tetons is absolutely stunning, especially if you make it there for sunrise or sunset. While the fishing there isn't outstanding, I generally average about 5 fish in an afternoon which makes the views all the more stunning (Just make sure to check the fishing regs beforehand to make sure this legal depending on the time of year). I would highly recommend this hike in the fall when it is at it's most stunning, and while it freezes over in the winter, it is still worth the snowshoe trip out.

over 2 years ago
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