Things to Do
A Sunset Must: String Lake Loop
Peak Alternative: Phelps Lake
Best known for its wildlife viewing and its tranquility, this trail also offers dynamic views of the southern Teton foothills and the imposing Death Canyon.
Best Day Hike: Amphitheater Lake
An all-day, 10-mile buttkicker, this hike that will leave you with a sense of accomplishment that makes it worth every step.
Campgrounds: Signal Mountain or Gros Ventre
If your plans have you arriving early in the day (before 11am), we say head straight to Signal Mountain. Jenny Lake Camping is more cutthroat and not especially worth the hassle. If your schedule has you arriving in the afternoon or evening, Gros Ventre is the answer.
5 Hikes That Mather
#1 Amphitheater & Surprise Lakes
A challenging all-day hike that's worth every aching mile. It's one of the best hikes you'll do in any National Park.
Distance: 10.0 Miles
Difficulty: Very Strenuous
Peak Alternative: Yes. The trail will be busier than most other 10-mile hikes, but it's still a dream compared to Jenny Lake.
Best Start Time: Before 9AM. Parking at the trailhead is ample, but will fill in the late morning hours.
In Case of Clouds:
Schedule Two Days
If possible, schedule at least two full days for the park. Summer rain is not unusual, and when the skies are cloudy they will cover the Tetons completely.
Mather's One-Day Itinerary
These times are based on summer daylight hours, typical temperatures, and crowd sizes.
630am: Wake Up!
830am: Arrive Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Parking Lot
9am-2pm: Phelps Lake Loop & Overlook, w/ stop at swimming hole. Pack a lunch.
2-330pm: Rest, read, and recover at the Preserve.
330-4pm: Ranger Program
4-445pm: Drive to Chapel of the Sacred Heart Picnic Area
445-545pm: Early Dinner
6pm: Arrive String Lake Loop Trailhead
6-9pm: String Lake Loop for Sunset
9pm: Return to Camp