Tent Cabin
Dispersed
Group
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Unknown
Water Unknown
About Leigh Lake Patrol Cabin
Operator
National Park Service
Access
Walk In
Hike In
Boat In
Features
Alcohol Allowed
Fires Allowed
Reservable
Location
Leigh Lake Patrol Cabin is located in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming
Latitude
43.8271 N
Longitude
-110.7262 W
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4 Reviews of Leigh Lake Patrol Cabin
Absolutely Beautiful

A nice and easy hike in, great for introducing someone to backpacking. Right on the shore of Leigh Lake with a impressive view of Mount Moran. The site has a large bear box big enough for all your food and other items, eliminating the need to carry a bear vault. There is a large sitting area with a fire ring and some natural benches. We cooked down by the water, as we felt the fire pit area was too close to the tent cribbing. We piched our tarp just outside of the cribbing area that was just as impacted in an effort to get even further away from where we prepared our food. The campsite is almost entirely in the shade as well.

You can also paddle into this spot via String Lake and a short portage to get to Leigh Lake.

Sweet and quiet

This is a back country site that requires a reservation. It is a short hike, less than 1 mi from parking. This was the last night of a 4 night backpacking trip in the Tetons. Quiet, secluded. You can't pick a bad spot under the Tetons. Must use bear canisters for food storage at this site, which are issued when you pick up your permit. Clean camping, please, pack it in-pack it out. After a long hike over Paintbrush Divide (see pic) it was a welcome swim in Leigh Lake.

Rewarding hike in the backcountry

I experienced my first night in the backcountry at Leigh Lake and can't wait to go back there soon. The hike was relatively flat with great views along the way of String Lake, Leigh Lake and Mt. Moran. One side of the site is completely open to Leigh Lake and around the corner is the peak of Mt. Moran while the other side of the site is a dense forest filled with trees. We spotted elk walking through the trees in the morning while relaxing on the beach waiting for the sun to come up. There is plenty of space so loading up a kayak would be ideal. We packed and hiked to the site so had limited space but there is plenty of room to spread out on a nice tent site and beach if you're able to kayak across the lake.

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Worth the trek

It's hard to say anything bad about any campsite in the Tetons. This site does hold snow well into the spring and summer, and is hike in only, so prepare to work a bit for your spot. The seclusion is worth it, but prepare for wildlife, as I did have a bear circle my tent overnight. This site has great access to some of the more remote Backcountry hikes in the park, so if you want to spend your time in the park by yourself for a few nights, this can be a great first stop before you trek into the mountains.