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Taggart Lake, Grand Teton National Park

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Taggart Lake is located in Grand Teton National Park, in the U. S. state of Wyoming. The natural lake is located at the terminus of Avalanche Canyon. A number of hiking trails can be found near the lake including a 3 miles (4.8 km) roundtrip hike commencing from the Taggart Lake Trailhead parking area. The lake is approximately one mile south of Bradley Lake reckoned by trail distance. A 2005 study of the water quality of the lakes in Grand Teton National Park indicated that the lakes in the park were still considered pristine and that they had not been impacted by air or water pollution.
Taggart lake was named after William Rush Taggart, an assistant surveyor to Frank Bradley as part of the Snake River division of the Hayden expedition of 1872 to document the geology and topography of the Yellowstone area.
Other lakes in the area were named after the below individuals:

Bradley Lake - Frank Bradley

Taggart Lake - William Rush Taggart

Leigh Lake - Beaver Dick Leigh

Jenny Lake - Jenny Leigh (his wife)

Phelps Lake - George Phelps (a hunter)
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  • This trail was pretty well laid out. My wife and I used hiking poles, and glad we did. There are some elevation changes up and down along the way. IT was a relatively easy hike, but it is a hike... 
    This trail was pretty well laid out. My wife and I used hiking poles, and glad we did. There are some elevation changes up and down along the way. IT was a relatively easy hike, but it is a hike...  more »
  • This was our first hike and it was great. There is a river running along the trail for some of it. The lake is beautiful. Get there early or you will have to park along the road. The hike was... 
    This was our first hike and it was great. There is a river running along the trail for some of it. The lake is beautiful. Get there early or you will have to park along the road. The hike was...  more »
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  • I didn't remember much of the hike and lake from when I was younger, but it was the perfect hike for my small family. The trail follows the creek and there many a places to stop and take photos (aka rest) as necessary. One stop is the bridge on your way up. I have two photos, but Grand Teton Peak is at the top of the cascade - beautiful! Wear sunscreen, even though there seems to be plenty of shady spots to stop under, the elevation makes it a little easier to burn. Take a change of clothes so you can jump in and cool off during the dog days of summer. We didn't hike to Bradley Lake, but wish we did. As others have mentioned, hike to Bradley Lake first and be a little easier?
  • It was an adventurous hike. We were a group of five. We started our hike when the sun is almost down. It was 1.6 mile hike each way which took almost 40-45 minutes. We took bear spray with us. When we reach to the lake we were the last person on the lake and no one’s were there. Such a serenity and calmness!!! The beauty of the Tetons from this lake was really mesmerizing!! If you are visiting Grand Teton NP I would tell you shouldn’t miss this hike and the great great views…. ⛰🏔🏔

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