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This is a great hike. It’s not super strenuous and is full of beautiful scenery and lots of wildlife ( we saw deer, elk, and lots of chipmunks). It takes you right out of the crowds at the north entrance.

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4 days ago

Tough hike. But worth the pain.

beautiful. I wouldn't necessarily call it "easy", but nice nonetheless.

It is worth the pain.

A great hike. Nice off the beaten path Yellowstone activity. Climbed/hiked with my three daughters, ages 13, 17 and 17. It’s definitely steep in places going up (tougher grade while you’re still in the trees) but consistent walking should get you up in 2-2.5ish hours. Once you’re up, the views are amazing. Good stereotypical Rockies peak hike of woods, basin, talus/scree and summit zones. We live in NC and did this as an acclimatizing hike prior to 4 days of backpacking on the Teton Crest Trail. Worked perfectly for what we needed and my kids enjoyed it a ton. Hiked in mid-July and only crossed one easily-traversed snow field.

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17 days ago

Great hike, with hardly anyone there. Took a trail that shoots off the back en of the lake that lead to another smaller lake. Saw fresh signs fo bear activity and heard very loud and distinct warning growls as we neared the smaller pond.

We did this hike with 30 high schoolers at the end of July. It was definitely a trying hike, and the incline was tough, but the views at the top can't be beat. The wildflowers were incredible as well.

La montée peut être quelque peu demandante, mais wow pour le spectacle visuel!!!!

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22 days ago

Beautiful drive through Lamar Valley. Limited Parking. Trails begins on a steep climb. Wildflowers were abundant and views amazing. Once cresting the hill, the lake appears with the reflections of the mountains. We walked clockwise around the lake. We admired the easily visible trout as they swam. At about 3:00 on a circle is the inlet that flows into the lake. A wooden bridge and water flowing was great. Many animal trails that has the potential to be seen. a great hike for all ages

I was reading post and reminiscing. I did this hike about 15 years ago with my some who was 15 at the time. I didn't think is was too difficult of a hike, although pretty steep in some areas. I remember it being very windy on top and the views were amazing. If you are in Yellowstone make the time to do this hike. You will remember it forever.

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24 days ago

Fantastic hike with spectacular views. I didn’t think Yellowstone had hiking like this (for day trips at least) - you really get to see the park from an amazing elevation. The top is very windy but there’s a ton of little rock bunkers to sit and hang out in and take in the views. I tracked it as closer to 5.7miles RT. Took about 3 hours with plenty of stops on the way up for pictures of wildflowers and to catch my breath :)

Surprisingly good hike. We have avoided this hike because it was so close to town. We found it adequately challenging and quite pretty. Good spot for picnic at about 2.75 miles and another at 3. We saw a large Elk, rabbit and squirrels. Several ponds along way and a bonus was discovering Old Gardiner Stagecoach Road to drive on way out of YNP. That was worth the drive.

Beautiful trail and feels like you're in the back country after mile 2! Very flat and easy if you can make the distance. Start early and watch for muddy areas. Saw one bison and a white wolf! We were surprised about how few bison we saw.

Way more than the posted 5 miles
Not a great trail

Great workout in and out of the canyon!

Great hike! Strenuous at the start but take your time because it's worth it! You hit a clearing (picturesque stream here!) about 45 minutes in where you can catch your breath. Then more elevation hiking and it gets rockier as you ascend so watch your step. In July 2018 there were some snow patches on the way to, and on, the mountain. It wasn't too cold at the top but WINDY so definitely bring a second layer for your torso and a hat. There was a cute little fat chipmunk at the peak :) Seek refuge from the wind in the rock bunkers! Enjoy.

We did this hike Saturday, July 7th. We started the hike late....around noon time. We did not experience the bugs that have been mentioned. Neither me nor my husband had to wear bug spray which was awesome!!!

It took us two hours to get to the top. All trails says 2.0 miles but I mapped it while hiking and it mapped it at 2.67 miles. We did stop for a 15 minute snack break :). Only took us an hour to get down.

Totally worth the hike!! Amazing views at the top. It is super windy at the top but plenty of places to sit and relax before you head back down. ENJOY your hike!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Started hike at 8:30am this morning and experienced a warzone of mosquitoes and flies during the first mile. Wearing 40% DEET had minimal effect. Coming back down the bugs were mostly gone so I suggest a later start during this time of year. Took 1.5 hrs to summit and another 1.25 hrs back down. Trail was clearly marked and where it wasn't there were rock cairns. Some snow remaining closer to the top but easy to figure out which way to go. Didn't see many other hikers other than two groups on my way back down. Toughest part it the first mile and gets a bit easier. Summit views with friendly pikas are well worth the effort.

This ones my fav of all in YNP. My daughter & I hiked AP last week and had an awesome time.

This was one of the best Yellowstone trails so far!!! If you have the time and want to see some wildlife do this trail. Bonus...the wild flowers were beautiful!!

hiking
1 month ago

TH is located in the middle of a science/lab space within Yellowstone. service road makes for a nice meandering 2 miles in and a great 2 miles out. The hike down (and subsequently back up) to the falls is strenuous... but well worth it. one of the most amazing waterfalls I've ever seen!

Great hike with a tough uphill climb but worth the extra effort at every vista this beauty presents. I encountered some snow and a strong breeze as the altitude increased so bring a second layer if you start this hike in a t-shirt. Great views from the peak of surrounding mountains and lake. A little steep on the initial decent so take your time and be ready for a slip on the loose rocks but nothing perilous in store for future hikers. Great overall hike that should not be missed.

on Avalanche Peak Trail

hiking
1 month ago

will make you want to become a forest person

Lovely lake. We hiked around a bit above the lake and caught some great views. Cutthroat trout were spawning in the river above the lake while we were there a few days ago.

hiking
2 months ago

It's a fairly small lake and quite busy, which takes away from the serenity - but it would be quite nice in the early morning possibly. When the water is calm, I bet there are beautiful reflections of the mountains. Was hoping to see more birdlife, but nature doesn't go by my watch!

Beautiful hike! From certian areas on this trail, you see parts of Yellowstone National Park that you would not otherwise see. We started at the trailhead by the hot springs and ended up behind Mammoth Spings Hotel. There is an initial increase in elevation the fist half mile of the hike, maybe 400 feet or so, then the trail levels off for a a couple of miles. Toward the end, there is a lot more up and down unitl you reach a breaktaking meadow, perfect place for a picnic! We saw Elk, and various birds, the wild flowers were an amazing display of spring colors! NO beavers in the ponds, but worth the hike!!!

I couldn’t rate this one because we didn’t finish, here’s why. We are hikers that have exclusively hiked in the Sierras in summer, on mostly marked trails with very little snow. We are all about getting great views and getting as high in elevation as possible. We are also prepared to get lost however, we stick to the trails and use GPS. There was just too much snow and we lost the trail so we turned back at about 1.0 mile up. It was about 2 miles per hour according to our calculations and would likely be a 4 hour RT. We met 3 hikers with sleds as we were on our way down who said “the top is up there so we don’t need a trail!” Looking back, we could’ve made it but this was our first off trail hike in grizzly country and we were chickens! Hope this helps... go for it

hiking
2 months ago

Love this hike! I did it alone, thinking I would see many others, but only saw two other groups the whole way. No wildlife the day I went, but evidence of elk, deer, bison and bear. Also, no Beaver dams or beavers at beaver Ponds. No matter, the views were incredible! I’d do this hike again.

Beautiful lake. Steep, but short incline.

nice hike !

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