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Hikes at Colter Bay

Grand Teton National Park

Mountains reflected on a Lilly pad-covered pond.
Hiking from Colter Bay offers access to Jackson Lake with views of the Teton Range.

NPS Photo/C. Adams

Colter Bay offers access to several easy-moderate trails. To access trails, follow highway 89/191 north towards Yellowstone, and turn at Colter Bay. Park near the visitor center for closest trail access.

The Hermitage Point Trail include access to backcountry campsites. A backcountry permit is required for all overnight stays in the backcountry.

Always be prepapred when hiking in Grand Teton. Carry water for every member of your group, be alert to your surroundings, and understand your limitations on distance and elevation gain. Wildlife—such as bears—is commonly active in the area. Never approach a wild animal. To check current trail conditions and bear activity, stop at the visitor center to talk with a ranger.
Day and Overnight Hikes
  • Grand Teton National Park

    Lakeshore Trail

    • Activity Fee: Yes
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Front-Country Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Colter Bay
    • Duration: 1–2 Hours
    • Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day, Dawn, Dusk
    Mountains reflected on a calm lake.

    Take an easy walk on the Lakeshore Trail for views of Jackson Lake and the Teton Range.

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  • Grand Teton National Park

    Heron Pond - Swan Lake Loop Trail

    • Activity Fee: Yes
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Front-Country Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Colter Bay
    • Duration: 1–2 Hours
    • Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day, Dawn, Dusk
    Mountains viewed across a Lilly pad-covered pond.

    Take an easy loop trail for access to Swan Lake and Heron Pond.

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  • Grand Teton National Park

    Hermitage Point

    • Activity Fee: Yes
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Front-Country Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Colter Bay
    • Duration: 4–5 Hours
    • Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day
    Mountains reflected on a Lilly pad-covered pond.

    Take an easy-moderate day or overnight hike to Hermitage Point for views of Jackson Lake and the Teton Range.

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Last updated: October 10, 2019