Marion Lake

Distance: 13.0 miles (round trip)

Grand Teton National Park, near Grand Teton NP in The Tetons

Marion Lake

Marion Lake


Ride the Jackson Hole Aerial Trail to the start of this long, strenuous hike journeying into the Tetons backcountry. The path follows a scenic section of the Teton Crest trail to pretty Marion Lake, nestled in bench beneath the Continental Divide.
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  • Distance: 13.0 miles (round trip) to Marion Lake
  • Elevation: 10,400-ft. at Trailhead
    9,239-ft. at Marion Lake
  • Elevation Gain: 1,560-ft. to Marion Lake
  • Difficulty: strenuous
  • More Hikes in:
    Grand Teton NP / Jackson / The Tetons

Why Hike Marion Lake

This long, strenuous hike starts with a ride on the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram to a panoramic overlook atop Rendezvous Mountain. From the overlook the trail descends into the Middle Fork of Granite Canyon and then follows a scenic section of the Teton Crest Trail to pretty Marion Lake, nestled in a lovely bench beneath the granite cliffs of the divide.

There are a lot of ups and downs along the path as it crosses low ridges between beautiful valleys. The trip to the lake gains 1,560-ft while losing 2,715-ft. over 6.5 miles on its way to Marion Lake. Remember you need to regain all the lost elevation on the return journey.

The trail to Marion Lake is typically used as the first segment of the popular Teton Crest Backpack. Wildflowers adorn the meadows along the trail during late July. Watch for moose grazing in the lush meadows at the head of Granite Canyon.

Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile for the Marion Lake hike

Trail Resources

Trail Detail/Full Description / Trail Photo Gallery / Trail Map

Basecamp(s) Information:
Grand Teton NP / Jackson

Region Information:
The Tetons

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