Taggart Lake Trail is a 4 mile trail located in Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming). This park is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. The highest peak of the mountain range, called Grand Teton, rises at 13,769 feet.
Grand Teton National Park is part of a protected ecosystem, allowing an important fauna, composed in particular of wild mammals (bears, buffalos, deers and mooses, …) and a variety of flora (pine forests, spruces, shrubs, artemisias, etc …) to develop freely.
This environment is completely wild and should remain so.
1. Discovery of Grand Teton National Park
The park offers fifteen feasible day hikes to passing visitors.
On the recommendations of the park rangers, we choose to follow “Taggart Lake Trail” to discover two glacial lakes, the Taggart and Bradley Lakes. The interest of this “trail” situated at the foot of the mountain range of Grand Teton, is to be quickly and easily immersed into its wild environment, while enjoying breathtaking views of the mountain range. No need to walk for hours to finally be in nature’s heart!
On a very cool morning, we leave Colter Bay Village where we are staying and join the Teton Park Road towards Jenny Lake. On the way, we benefit from the different viewpoints where visitors experience the scenary. It is breathtaking.
Grand Teton National Park – Teton range
2. Hiking in Grand Teton National Park
We arrive at the car park, the starting point of the “Taggart Lake Trail”, located approximately at 3,5 miles south of the Jenny Lake Visitor Center. We already have a beautiful view of the rocky summits.
A hundred yards further, the path joins to the left the “Beaver Creek Trail” (blue path on our map) and continues to the right, toward Taggart Lake. We walk in the direction of the lake.
We cross a magnificent aspen forest whose trees wears the flamboyant colors of the fall season.
Aspen forest in Grand Teton National Park
Then the trail climbs and overlooks Taggart Lake. Walking on the open heights, we can marvelled at the Grand Teton mountains. The view is simply splendid.
And what a serenity! Although the tourist season is not over (we are in September), the trail is little used.
Grand Teton chain: South Teton (12,513 ft), Grand Teton, Mt Owen (12,926 ft) and Teewinot (12,322 ft).
3. Taggart Lake
We continue in the direction of Taggart Lake which shores are within one mile. The view that awaits us is breathtaking: the fir trees cover the lake shore and are reflected in the emerald and transparent waters. Overhanging the lake, the highest peaks of the chain rise in the clouds: South Teton (12,513 ft), Grand Teton, Mt Owen (12,926 ft) and Teewinot (12,322 ft).
We take a few photos to capture this magical moment. Then, along the trail, we discover a small cove so friendly that we decided to picnic there. We are having lunch, seated on a stone, completely absorbed by the lake and mountains’ beauty. The weather suddenly darkens, reinforcing the dramatic and imposing landscape’s aspect.
Grand Teton national Park – Taggart Lake
Careful observation of the premises allows us to identify geeses and many other birds. We could also have crossed paths with some mooses or deers eager to drink. But we have not had that chance there. We continue our way to Bradley Lake located about 1,5 miles from Taggart Lake.
4. Bradley Lake
The path rises somewhat along the wooded ridge and offers an excellent view of Grand Teton’s majestic summit, holding the surrounding clouds. The trail then comes down on the shore of Bradley Lake from where we can, once again, admire the Grand Teton chain’s splendor reflected in the lake.
On the way back, the path narrows through magnificent pine landscapes, mountain streams, and aspen forests.
It is also possible to come back to the parking lot by the “Beaver Creek Trail” (blue path on our map) which lengthens the path by 1,4 miles.
This hike is a real crush! It is really ideal for anyone who wants to easily discover this magnificent natural environment surrounded by lakes, coniferous forests, streams, at the foot of one of the most famous mountain ranges in the United States.
To be discovered!
Grand Teton National Park – Taggart Lake
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Last updated: 20 November 2017