The Taggart and Bradley Loop is a 6.0 mile hike with 761 feet of elevation gain and is rated as moderate. During the trail, you’re greeted with sweeping views of both Taggart Lake and Bradley Lake, along with a fantastic hike through the woods. This hike is great for families with small children, with a few steep parts here and there. Wildflowers, panoramic views, and plenty of wildlife are all included in this trail!
Need to Know
You can hike both of these lakes independently if you would like – they can be combined if you are pressed for time! However, the trails for these lakes are pretty similar, so combining them is a great way to see both lakes on the same trip.
There can still be a very thick snow through June, and sometimes into July. I did this trail in late May, and was walking on a 12 foot snowpack at certain parts of the trail! This can make it very precarious; plan accordingly! This trail is pretty sparsely packed, which is great for the solitude.
Hike this during the early summer, if possible. Check the weather if attempting during May or June for snowpack information, as it still may be very high. If summer doesn’t work for you, fall is a great option too. Crowds are much thinner, and the cooler temperatures may make this hike more enjoyable. Always hike with layers, as weather can change in the mountains pretty quickly!
If you’re looking to make a good half day out of this hike, have lunch at Taggart Lake and take in the views for a little longer!
Take A Hike!
Have fun on this trail! It’s a great stop along the way in Grand Teton, and one of the best ways to see the Tetons from a distance. If you’ve got more time during the day or your stay in Jackson, Wyoming, check out Jenny Lake and hike this beautiful trail! Of, head over to the iconic Mormon Row barn for a photo-op. And, if you missed it, make sure you hit Jenny Lake while you’re exploring the Tetons!
Have a great hike!
Next blog: Heading back to Utah, but staying high in the mountains. A place with even higher starting elevation than Grand Teton!