Hiking in the Pacific Creek Area around Emma Matilda Lake and Two Ocean Lake provides access to backcountry lakes and some of the most incredible views of the Teton mountain range. It is definitely worth the drive.
Emma Matilda Lake and Two Ocean Lake begin from Pacific Creek Road just north of Moran Junction. This shoreline trail combination climbs briefly before heading through the forest, around both lakes, and then circles around for breathtaking views of the Teton Range. Emma Matilda loop alone is around 9 miles roundtrip while Two Ocean Lake is 7 miles roundtrip.
- Distance – 13 miles roundtrip
- Average Time of Hike – 4 hours
- Difficulty – Easy to moderate
- Elevation Gain – 750 feet
- Trail Type – Loop
To reach the trailhead drive 1.5 miles from Moran towards the Jackson Lake Junction. You will turn right onto Pacific Creek Road (Pacific Creek / Two Ocean Lake sign). Roughly 2 miles up the road turn left onto Two Ocean Road and continue another 2.4 miles to the end of the gravel road. The hike begins from the far end of the parking area.
You can also access this loop from Jackson Lake Lodge adding only a mile roundtrip.
This trail section lies within bear country. Be alert and make sure to always carry bear spray in the backcountry.