Hiking Phelps Lake Trail, Grand Teton National Park (VIDEO)

Phelps Lake Trail in Grand Teton is a moderate 4.7 mile round trip hike with a 965 feet elevation gain. The trail head to the hike is on a dirt road off of MooseWilson Rd. About a mile and a half into the trail, there is an overlook that has sweeping views of Phelps lake with its deep blue waters. The descend down to the lake is another mile or so.

If you are here early during the day with plenty of daytime left, you can continue on to the Death Canyon hike, which is 10.5 mile round trip. It is rated “difficult” though due to the 2800 ft elevation gain, so be prepared for the climb if you decide to go further. When we got to Phelps lake it was already close to sunset so we had to turn around.

For more information about the Phelps Lake Trail in Grand Teton, check out AllTrails – Phelps Lake and the NPS website. We found these two super helpful in our planning.

Phelps Lake Overlook, Grand Teton National Park
Overlook on Phelps Lake Trail
Phelps Lake, Grand Teton
Phelps Lake, Grand Teton
Phelps Lake Overlook Elevation, Grand Teton
Phelps Lake Overlook Elevation is over 7000ft but the lake itself is about 500ft lower, the trail from the overlook to the lake descends down to the lake

If you have already been to Grand Teton National Park, let us know in comments what was your experience like. We would love to hear from you! If you planning on visiting Grand Teton, check out our day by day itinerary of our trip to the Tetons.

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Shirish & Olya

Originally from different parts of the world, Shirish & Olya are a married couple based in San Francisco who share a passion for travel, outdoors and landscape photography. In summer of 2019, they hit the road in an RV visiting 19 national parks in US and Canada covering over 10K miles. This trip inspired them to create Outdoorsome, that they built on the road, as a way to help others discover new places around the world.

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