Explore String and Leigh Lakes
String and Leigh Lakes offer various opportunities to recreate or relax in Grand Teton.
String Lake is a shallow lake and is a popular area for picnics and swimming. Bring your own boat and paddle around String Lake before portaging up to Leigh Lake. No roads go to Leigh Lake and it is only accessible by foot or boat.
String and Leigh Lakes offers access to multiple trails. Stroll along the shore of either lake for an easy to moderate hike, or head into Paintbrush Canyon for a strenuous hike.
Drive the Teton Park Road and turn at the North Jenny Lake Junction to access String and Leigh Lakes. Parking is limited.
Hike String Lake
Travel around String Lake on this easy loop trail.
Hike Leigh Lake
Take an easy day or overnight hike to Leigh Lake.
Hike to Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes
Hike along the forested shorelines of String and Leigh Lake to reach Bearpaw and Trapper Lake.
Hike to Holly Lake
Head deep within Paintbrush Canyon to arrive at a spectacular alpine lake.
Hike the Paintbrush-Cascade Loop
Loop through Paintbrush and Cascade Canyons on this very strenuous day or overnight loop hike.
When picnicking at String and Leigh Lakes, always stay with your food and make sure it's easily packable. Store food in bear boxes when done.
Learn more about how to stay safe in bear country.
Safety tip: never approach a wild animal. Always maintain a distance of at least 100yds/91m from bears and 25yds/23m from other wildlife.
Additional String and Leigh Lakes Information
Boating and Floating
Paddle on Jenny, String, or Leigh Lake.
Explore the Backcountry
Travel into the Teton backcountry for an overnight stay.
Find A Campground
Find a place to camp in Grand Teton.
Explore lodging options in Grand Teton.
Explore Jenny Lake
Plan your visit to Jenny Lake.
Last updated: August 23, 2023