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“Very memorable!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Lake Solitude

Lake Solitude
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Owner description: A scenic lake popular with hikers and located in Grand Teton National Park.
Brainerd
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“Very memorable!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2014

I was searching for info as I reminisced about hiking to Lake Solitude many years ago and came upon these TripAdvisor reviews. Didn't know one could review "a hike" on TA, but here goes. Went out with a buddy from school in late May, early June. Had been camping around Jackson Lake, and decided to overnight up at Solitude. Started out early from Jenny, despite Rangers strongly advising us not to go because of avalanche danger. When in your 20s, you're immortal! A short ways on the trail, still down among trees, the trail was blocked by a 20 foot wall of snow and busted timber from a recent avalanche. Rangers were right! We climbed up onto the the debris and continued on - tough going, full packs, climbing over snow and busted trees. Finally broke out and started up the north trail, but no trail in site, just more snow. Brilliant sunshine off snow = sunburn. It took us every bit of the 10 hr estimate for the hike. Deep snow, one step at a time. Got to Solitude and you couldn't even tell where the lake was - so much snow. Since it was relatively warm, we just threw our sleeping bags down on a tarp on the snow and slept under the brilliant stars. Woke up at some point in the night, and the moon was rising over the range to the east. What a site - Grand Tetons illuminated by the moon in that clear mountain air. Next day back down to Jenny, again, taking in the beautiful sites. Agree with other reviewers, if you go in early summer, the snow is slushy and you get soaked, so be prepared. Waterproof gear, extra socks. Of course, be aware of avalanche danger. That part I wouldn't do again. We hiked for hours up that north fork with huge snow fields high above us to our right, just waiting to come tumbling down. Honestly, we were lucky. But the many beautiful sites along that overnight hike are still etched in my mind.

Visited March 2014
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“Fantastic hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2013

This is one of the most scenic hikes we've ever done - beautiful canyon scenery all the way up to the lake and back down (with views of the Tetons most of the way back). We saw plenty of wildlife including bears, mule deer, marmots, pikas etc. Finished by an osprey swooping into the lake and pulling out a fish while we were having lunch! We were first on the trail in the morning, and people we spoke to who were behind us didn't see the bears or deer, so would recommend getting out as soon as it's light in the morning if you want better wildlife encounters.

As others have mentioned, it is a long day. We are young and fit, and it took us about 8 hours (including stops for lunch and photos etc). We didn't find it particularly difficult though compared to some other hikes we've done. It does get definitely steeper once you get past the canyon fork thought. We didn't get the boat shuttle, as the hours in the fall didn't really suit (we just missed the last boat back). I would recommend getting the boat back if you can, as the walk back round the lake isn't that exciting when your feet are tired!

Visited September 2013
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detroit, mich
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“This one will test you”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013 via mobile

This is not for the casual day hiker. It's a long , long day but well worth the effort. On a clear day the views are spectacular. On the trail we encountered a moose grazing in a stream and a black bear ambling parallel with us on the other side of the stream. The ferry wasn't running so we had additional hiking which brought the total to 19 miles. Treat yourself to a great dinner. You deserve it

Visited September 2013
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Eastern Iowa
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“Beautiful but not easy for beginners!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2013

We planned to hike to Inspiration Point and then go a little further to see the moose. Which we did!! But other hikers continued to tell us we needed to continue on to Lake Solitude. It is a 14.4 mile roundtrip hike if you take the ferry across Lake Jenny (shaves off 2.7 miles around the Lake). Ferry costs $12 roundtrip. The hike up was a gradual easy trail. We did have to stop often to take in the beautiful views and catch our breath! We finally reached the Lake and it was beautiful with snow still on the side of the mountain. It is an altitude of 9035'. The hike back was not so fun. Our knees, ankles and feet were hurting and we had to hurry back to catch the last ferry at 6pm. Then a Thunderstorm hit! We had rain ponchos but our feet were soaked and cold! We made it back in time but I suggest if you are beginners like us to catch the first ferry across Lake Jenny at 7am and watch your time. We took about 6 hours going up and 3 coming down! Be prepared for cold and rain. Bring lots of water to drink and snacks. Bear spray was highly suggested but we never saw any.

Visited August 2013
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Littleton, Colorado
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“Lake Solitude on June 20”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2013

We were told that the the trail was clear from after the Cascade canyon all the way up to Solitude lake. This was our first hike through Cascade canyon. Wonderful hiking trail, through meadows, waterfalls and beautiful wildflowers. The first 4 miles to the fork were an easy hike. We make our way up the 2.7 mile trail to Lake Solitude. We ran into quite a bit of snow, particularly the last mile of the hike. Wish we had our ice grippers, as the snow was a bit slick. The trail was difficult to find as well, but we managed. The lake was nearly frozen, except for a small patch. Still, a beautiful place! There is a rocky area that is clear of snow for having lunch or a snack. One the way back, around 1:30 in the afternoon, the snow became quite slushy, and a bit tough to hike in without post holing. If you plan to go in the next few weeks, just be aware of this, since it will slow down your hike a bit, particularly if you are trying to make the last boat ride (6 pm) across Lake Jenny! This hike is beautiful, though can't wait to try it in the fall, when the lake is free of snow and ice.

Visited June 2013
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