Cascade Lake Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, WY that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until September.
Directions from Canyon Junction: Travel 1.5 miles north on the Tower-Canyon Road to Cascade Lake Picnic Area.
This trail is beautiful and presents diverse views of forest and meadow. But it is very wet in the spring or after a heavy rain - and we were forced to go off-trail much of the time diverting to nearby higher ground or walk on the marsh grasses to avoid sinking into wet ground.
The area was so wet that we were unable to get as near to the lake as we wanted. Make sure to wear water-repellent footwear, and tie those laces tight. The mud does its best to suck the shoe right off your foot.
The trail itself is beautiful. you wander alternatively through wooded areas and through open meadow. with the exception of two things, this would have been a relaxing easy 6 mile hike. the exceptions: In early spring, much of the trail and the surrounding ground is so wet, you are constantly in danger of losing your hiking boots to sucking mud. second, if you park near the trailhead and follow the markers back, you are just as likely to end up in a picnic area as the parking lot. So when you think you're almost back to your car at the trailhead and you come to a fork marking two trails, choose the trail to the right which does not have the orange trail markers pinned to the trees.
On several visits, I've enjoyed wetting my fishing line at lovely Cascade Lake. One time I reeled in a rare grayling! Located further down the trail is another beautiful mountain lake called Grebe, which also has its own access trail. Whichever route you choose, the trail through Yellowstone's Solfatara Plateau abounds in scenic splendor with expansive vibrant meadow bordered by stands of pines. Good grizzly habitat. Stay alert!