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Outstanding! This is a climb but well worth it. the last half mile is breathtaking. The lake view is outstanding. There just isn't anything I didn't like other than the road to get to it. There was snow and a little ice about half way up the trail but not enough to need snow shoes this time.
Great trail! The trail is Narrow single track for the first 4 miles along a small river. The trail is closed after that due the recent fires from early August and late July 2016. Don't go alone out there. I would definitely not consider it moderately used. Be prepared to get wet early on; there is one knee deep crossing within the first 3/4 mile that you'll have to wade through.
Fantastic hike! Didn't see a lot of wildlife, but it didn't matter--the views were amazing and the lakes at the end were definitely worth the climb. I would say this is on the strenuous side of moderate due to the altitude (I definitely struggled, but I'm a new transplant to the area and maybe am just not used to it yet), but it's pretty short and the switchbacks are relatively low grade and well-maintained. If you have knee problems I would definitely recommend hiking poles--we forgot ours and regretted it on the way down. We brought our medium-size dog along and she loved it, and we saw 3-4 other groups with dogs of varying sizes along the way, all very well-behaved. Took us a total of about 3 hours, including lots of stops and a good amount of time exploring up top. I'll echo what others have said about the road out to the trailhead--do not attempt unless you have AWD and good clearance! It was a great adventure, and we will definitely be back.
Party of 5 hiked early August. Weather forecast showed showers at 2:00pm... We found them around 10:00am. Light to moderate showers to the lake & back made parts of the trail slippery, but the scenery was still gorgeous. Well traveled trail, and we passed several people with medium sized dogs. The "primitive road" to the trail requires a sturdy vehicle (read truck or suv), don't try to drive a car up there.
If you're into scenic vistas this will rank among one your favorite scenic drives. If you're in or near Cody and are wanting to access Yellowstone in the summer months via a more circuitous/less-travelled route, the Chief Joseph Highway will dump you out on an equally scenic US 212. Turning left (West) at the junction will lead you to Cooke City, MT and Yellowstone's Silver Gate, which will lead you to scenic Lamar Valley and eventually to Roosevelt/Tower Junction. Turning right (East) will lead up over the Beartooth Mountains (Montana's tallest range) and into Red Lodge, MT.
The drive from Cody to the East Entrance of Yellowstone offers a large variety of progressively changing scenery. Starting at Cody with the tunnel that leads West toward the Buffalo Bill Dam/Reservoir, the road follows the Shoshone River and offers views of a valley that slowly narrows to a canyon as you near the steady ascent into Yellowstone. The red-rimmed cliffs with their oddly shaped rock formations are a beautiful spectacle. The mountains that border the eastern boundary of Yellowstone offer a looming welcome as you move toward Yellowstone Lake and Fishing Bridge. Don't get caught in a rush here. Be sure to enjoy the scenery as you move toward your Yellowstone visit.