Wyoming Hiking, Lakes, Nature August 25, 2020
Goodwin Lake In Wyoming Is So Hidden Most Locals Don’t Even Know About It
When you think you’ve done everything there is to do in western Wyoming, think again! There’s a hidden hike near Jackson that shows off stunning views of the Tetons and a gorgeous alpine lake. Take the Goodwin Lake Trail for an afternoon of peace and quiet in the wilderness.
This out-and-back trail outside of Jackson takes you to one of the best hidden-gem lakes in Wyoming - Goodwin Lake!
The lake is tucked away in the Gros Ventre Wilderness, and it's one of the most lightly trafficked trails in the area.
Along your route, you'll discover seemingly endless fields of wildflowers, and plenty of wildlife, too... don't forget to bring bear spray!
The trail itself takes you high into the Gros Ventre Wilderness over more than six miles of stunning scenery.
You'll gain about 1,400 feet of elevation, making this a moderately difficult hike. Because of the length, though, if you take your time just about anyone can enjoy this trek.
The views from the ridgeline make all of the effort you've expanded worth it.
In fact, many locals consider the view of the Tetons from the Gros Ventre Wilderness to be the best in the state!
When you finally arrive at the lake, take some time to relax here and dip your toes in the water. It might be chilly, but it'll feel great after a hike! There are plenty of smooth rocks to sit on while you enjoy the fresh mountain air.
If you don't want to leave, there are some backcountry campsites available, too. Check with the Forest Service to find out more about how to camp back at Goodwin Lake safely.
Find a map of the Goodwin Lake trail from
AllTrails, and get info about backcountry dispersed camping right here.
After a day hiking in the Gros Ventre Wilderness, head into town for a meal to help you refuel!
Boozy Milkshakes Are All The Rage At Wyoming’s Liberty Burger Restaurant and you deserve a treat. Address: Goodwin Lake, Wyoming 83001, USA