Last updated: March 6, 2023
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Phelps Lake Loop
This moderate loop trail provides access to Phelps Lake as well as views into Death Canyon and the southern end of the Teton Range. Start the trail from the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve and follow the trail as it loops Phelps Lake. Those looking to extend the hike can add the Aspen Ridge or Boulder Ridge trails on the way to and from the lake.
The Phelps Lake Loop Trail is a moderate, 6.4 mi (10.3 km) RT loop hike with 1,060 ft (323 m) of elevation gain.
A general fee is charged to enter Grand Teton National Park.
Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve
To access this trail, drive down the Moose-Wilson Road and follow signs to the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve. The Moose-Wilson Road is closed to RVs and trailers and occasionally has closures. Parking at the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve is limited to 50 cars. Arrive early to guarantee a parking spot, but plan on waiting if visiting in mid-summer.
Permits are required for those planning to stay overnight in the backcountry. Visit the backcountry page to learn about obtaining a permit.
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The Phelps Lake Loop Trail is a moderate, 6.4 mi (10.3 km) RT loop hike with 1,060 ft (323 m) of elevation gain with an average slope of 7%. The trail features mild elevation gain, several bridge crossings, and other trail obstacles, such as exposed roots and rocks.