Clear Lake Artist's Point Loop Trail is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Yellowstone National Park, WY that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October.
There's a little bit of everything Yellowstone has to offer on this mellow loop trail - meadows, geothermal activity, ponds, canyon, waterfalls, river... Added on Uncle Tom's trail, several reading breaks, and a couple offshoots to bring this up to 5 miles in 2 hours.
Going counter-clockwise, we learned that Clear Lake isn't very clear right now. But the view when you loop back onto the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone makes it worth while. Much less crowded than the South Rim trail.
Started from Wapati parking lot then went to clear lake through some great meadows. Didn't see any bears. Then into the forest through some neat landscape and mud pots and vents. Then to sublime point artist point through a little rain storm and thunder. Then along south rim trail back to Wapati.
A great hike. Easy to do
This was one of our favorite hikes due to the relative ease and variety. Picturesque Hayden valley, lakes, mud pots, and of course the canyon! On a decent sunny to partly cloudy day it's just gorgeous.
This is a must hike in Yellowston! We started at artists point and headed along the canyon to lily pad lake. There were amazing views of the canyon along this part. From lilly pad to clear lake the path is filled with mud pots, vents, and other geothermal features. BRING BEAR SPRAY! There was tons of bear "evidence" everywhere! From clear lake I would recommend adding the extra mile to the fishing bridge. This mile gives you amazing views of Hayden Valley! If you take that extra mile the trail will end at a picnic area with a bathroom. From there cross the street and follow the South Rim Trail along the Yellowstone River back to the beginning! Along the South Rim Trail you will see the beautiful river and rapids before the upper falls. After some amazing views of the upper falls you pass Uncle Toms Trail and then the upper falls before your back. Best way to see all of the canyon area in one go!!
Head south first, before you've seen the canyon. Welcome the fantastic vista as you walk north and see the canyon for the first time.
This is such a beautiful hike. It's not too treacherous, it's dog/kid friendly, and it's a good cool option when it's really hot in the valley.
In a distance of about three miles, a hiker is treated to canyon vistas, forest, two lakes, a moonscape of mud pots, and a vibrant meadow. Only in Yellowstone, I've experienced such diversity of landscape on a short hike. Take time at Lily Pad Lake and perhaps you may spot a family of ducks swim by a few yards away. Additionally, despite that Artist Point is closer where its difficult to tune into the sound of the Lower Falls over the flurry of visitor activity, at quiet Lily Pad Lake listen for the low-pitched roar of a massive volume of descending water. Such moments are transcendent where the rhythms of life are unhurried allowing ones senses to catch up to sights and sounds of the surroundings.