Two Ocean Trail/Emma Matilda Lake
Key information: Two Ocean Trail/Emma Matilda Lake
- Following attractive paths along lakeshores, this walk provides a tranquil alternative to some of the more popular Grand Teton trails.
- A day walk, perfect for a relaxed picnic and the opportunity to see Teton wildlife up close, both in the water along the shoreline and roaming the surrounding meadows.
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- Walkopedia rating82
- Natural interest16
- Human interest2
- Negative points0
- Total rating82
- Length: Day or less
- Maximum Altitude: 2,312m
- Level of Difficulty: Moderate
The Two Ocean Trail is a relatively quiet, gentle walk through forests and meadows, along the shore of Two Ocean Lake. With most hikers heading west to clamber up and down the renowned Teton peaks, this beautiful area often remains largely undisturbed.
From the Two Ocean Lake Trailhead, the path is relatively straightforward, following the northern shores of the lake for 3.3 miles, before reaching a junction from which it is possible to head further south, towards Grand View Point and Emma Matilda Lake, or to head back east along Two Ocean Lake's southern shores. Grand View Point, only around a mile from the main trail, is well worth a side trip even if you do not want to continue on the longer route back, which loops around Emma Matilda Lake before heading back up to the trailhead parallel with Two Ocean Road.
Aspen and conifer surround Two Ocean Lake, whilst the Teton range is distantly visible from the Emma Matilda Lake Trail. The landscape around here contrasts with the drama of spectacular jagged peaks which makes other areas of the park so special, but these pretty, peaceful lake shores hold their own attraction.
Swans, glebes, loons and ducks can be seen in the water, sometimes even alongside beavers, whilst elk, moose and deer wander through the meadows. Unfortunately, grizzly bears are also partial to this area: make sure you are bear aware.
Accessible from the Two Ocean Road, off Pacific Creek Road, the Two Ocean trailhead has picnic tables and a pit toilet. However, heavy spring rains can turn the unpaved road into a quagmire, and park services often close it for this reason. Check at an entrance station, or a visitor centre, before setting off.
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