Lake Creek-Woodland Trail Loop – 3.3mi / 5.3km
An ancient glacier formed the moraine that created Phelps Lake. This family-friendly loop climbs up onto the moraine and drops down to the lake’s glorious shores. The trail begins at the Laurence S. Rockefeller Preserve amongst wetlands and sagebrush meadows with stunning views of the Tetons. You quickly enter into the forest and meet up with Lake Creek. Stay along the northwestern side of the creek as you hike up through the trees on the Woodland Trail.
The trail wanders up through the varied forest as it crosses the Moose-Wilson Road and continues up to the shores of Phelps Lake. There are numerous places to sit along the shores to enjoy the lake backdropped by the tall, gray walls that form the entrance to Death Canyon. The trail continues across Lake Creek at the outlet of the lake to more vantages before reaching the Lake Creek Trail that heads back to the trailhead.
A spur trail out to Huckleberry Point is a nice addition to this hike, adding 1.4mi/2.2km to the trip. This side trip takes you past some wetlands on the Phelps Lake Loop Trail to a peninsula that juts out into the lake. The hike back to your car via the Lake Creek Trail closely follows along the playful creek through forests broken up by the occasional meadow.
Trailhead: Take the Moose-Wilson Road south from Moose to the Laurence S. Rockefeller Preserve. The trailhead is located in the parking lot.
Elevation Gain: 350ft / 105m – Elevation Loss: 350ft / 105m