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.
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