Hidden from the valley below, Lake of the Crags is surrounded by snow-capped pinnacles and the views from it's shores are some of the most spectacular in Grand Teton National Park.
There are two ways to approach this hike. The most common way is from the West Shore Boat Dock on Jenny Lake. From here, follow signs for String Lake, and shortly after the second bridge, take an unmarked path on your left. Alternately, you can start at the String Lake parking lot, cross the hikers bridge, and follow the trail along the shore of Jenny Lake for about 1.5 miles. Before reaching the boat dock, you will notice the path on your right. The steep climb follows a creek up Hanging Canyon, past waterfalls and through boulder and scree fields.
Towards the top, the trail disappears altogether, so keep an eye peeled for cairns, which will mark the way from that point on. If you can't find those, just follow the water and you'll wind up at Ramshead Lake. Beyond that, a short scramble will bring you to the head of the canyon and Lake of the Crags.
Distance from boat dock: about 5.5miles RT. Distance from String Lake parking lot: about 7.5 miles RT.