Taggart Lake grand teton national park usa hiking randonner

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.

hiking in grand teton national park during our road trip to the west in wyoming

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 in wyoming

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 national parkwith its summits:South Teton, Grand Teton, Mt Owen and Teewinot.

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.

hiking to taggart lake in grand teton national park

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.

hikingto bradley lake on the taggart lake trail

Grand Teton National Park – Bradley Lake shore

5. Conclusion

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!

hinking in grand teton national park near jackson hole, wyoming

Grand Teton National Park – Taggart Lake

Useful information

Map of the Taggart lake trail in grand teton national park

Map Taggart Lake Trail

Where is it?
North-West of the US, in the State of Wyoming, 175 miles from Salt Lake City and 515 miles from Denver. It is located South of Yellowstone National Park.
When to go there?
Grand Teton National Park is open all year-round. In Winter, check the seasonal road closures on the park website.
How to get there?
There is no public transportation to Grand Teton National Park. With a vehicule you can get to the park:

  • through the South entrance of yellowstone National Park
  • from Salt Lake City, drive on Interstate 15 then Highway 89
  • from Denver, take Interstate 25 then Highway 26

Where to sleep?

  • There are several lodges in the Grand Teton national Park or outside. Book several months in advance!
  • There are seven campgrounds in the park. Again, make reservation much in advance.

Hiking information?

  • Duration and type: 3 to 4 hours, loop
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Distance : ~5 miles (red trail on the map)
  • Elevation: 300 feet
  • The visitors center give hiking maps on demand for the other trails in the park

Hiking advices ?

  • Strictly follow the park’s safety instructions, expecially regarding bears
  • Carry lots of water

Useful links?

  • Website of Grand Teton national Park

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Last updated: 20 November 2017

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