String Lake

Grand Teton Park

Grand Teton Park

String Lake

Includes Leigh Lake Trailhead, Jenny Lake Overlook, Paintbrush Canyon Trailhead, South String Lake Trailhead, Jenny Lake Lodge


String Lake, Grand Teton National Park.


String Lake in Grand Teton National Park has shallow, relatively warm water.  This makes String Lake a great place to enjoy the water on a hot summer day.

String Lake

String Lake in Grand Teton National Park is the place to be on a hot summer day!  String Lake is shallow, so the water is warm, and the winds are usually calm.  This is a perfect formula for FUN!  String Lake is where visitors come to swim, inner tube, canoe, kayak, sun bath and picnic.  And the setting couldn't be more beautiful.

String Lake is located just a few miles west of the North Jenny Lake Junction.  Follow the signs- it's easy to find.  Once you take a right just before the road turns into a one-way (Jenny Lake Scenic Drive) that heads south to Jenny Lake Overlook, you'll see a parking lot to your left, and as you keep going you'll see a canoe launch area to your left, and as you keep going still, you'll finally end up at the actual String Lake Area, with bathrooms and picnic tables.  The String Lake Picnic Area is a favorite among Grand Teton National Park visitors.

If you'd like to rent a canoe or kayak, there are several local businesses that provide this service.


String Lake in Grand Teton National Park is the best lake in the park to play in!  And don't forget the String Lake Picnic Area!

Leigh Lake Trailhead


The Leigh Lake Trailhead is located at String Lake Area in Grand Teton National Park.  Leigh Lake, which is a larger lake only a few miles north of String Lake, is where there are several nice backcountry campsites to enjoy.  Many visitors take their canoes all the way up String Lake, and then portage their canoe a few hundred yards to Leigh Lake.  The Leigh Lake Trail is flat as a pancake, and the scenery is wonderful.  You'll get a great view of Mount Moran towering above the lake.  If you're in the mood for a very short, easy and gentle hike with exceptional beauty, this is definitely a hike to take.  

Paintbrush Canyon Trailhead


Shannon standing on Paintbrush Divide

Along the Leigh Lake Trail, you'll see a trail heading to the left across a long foot that crosses the wide stream that feeds String Lake.  This is the trail that takes you all the way up the famous Paintbrush Canyon.  This is a great trail which takes you to Holly LakePaintbrush DivideLake Solitude and the Painbrush-Cascade Canyon Loop.  

South String Lake Trailhead

The South String Lake Trailhead is located at the very first parking lot that you'll see when driving into the String Lake Area.  There is a large foot bridge just beyond the trailhead that takes you over the String Lake Outlet that is quite scenic.  The South String Lake Trail takes you to Jenny Lake and Cascade Canyon.

Jenny Lake Lodge

Built in 1920, The Jenny Lake Lodge is a place of "rustic elegance."  If offers 5-star dinners, rustic cabins, and gourmet breakfasts.  You are definitely not "roughing it" here.

The Jenny Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park is located just after you turn onto the short one-way scenic road that takes you through wooded forests and eventually to the Jenny Lake Overlook.  This overlook is the best vantage point to see Jenny Lake with the Tetons towering behind it....

Jenny Lake Overlook


Jenny Lake Overlook, Grand Teton National Park.

The Boulder Pass Trail follows the north shore of Kintla Lake all the way to the Kintla Lake Campground (Head) in 6.3 miles.  The trail has a few hills to attempt to tire you out, but for the most part the trail is fairly level.  As you get closer to the campground, you will begin to see the monstrous Kinnerly Peak emerge to the southeast, across the lake.  This giant matterhorn is a icon of the remote Northern Wilderness of Glacier National Park, and you'll get to see this great peak for nearly the entire hike to the east side of Boulder Pass.

Cathedral Group Turnout


The "Cathedral Group" is a perfect name for these towering giants near the String Lake Area in Grand Teton National Park.

As you turn off the Teton Park Road at North Jenny Lake Junction and onto the road heading west to String Lake, in about a half mile the road will enter a large open meadow.  This is where the Cathedral Group Turnout is located, and it's very much worth stopping for.  This is the famed view of three major peaks: Grand Teton, Teewinot, and Mount Owen.  The term "cathedral" is very appropriate to what these giants look like at this angle.

There are also Elk!


The String Lake Area in Grand Teton National Park is a great place to see elk- especially during the fall mating season.

The String Lake Area in Grand Teton National Park is great elk habitat, and especially during the autumn season when the elk are mating, known as "the rut".  The best place to watch them is along the road that runs through the middle of the huge meadow just before you reach String Lake.  There are few things more thrilling than watching and hearing a giant herd bull bugle as he tries to gather his harem and fight off all the other bulls in the area.


Evening alpenglow on the Cathedral Group in Grand Teton National Park.


There is a great view of Mount Moran just before you turn into String Lake in Grand Teton National Park.

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