Explore the most popular fishing trails in Yellowstone National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

birding
9 days ago

Beautiful falls. Got to see a bald eagle come up the river and fly over the falls.

Beautiful lake

hiking
26 days ago

Starts with a pleasant walk through a forest by the canyon, with a couple of nice lookout points. The trail really starts to shine 2-3 miles in once you start your descent into the canyon. Great views, lots of waterfalls and hot springs. You eventually make your way down to the river itself, before a tough hike back up to where you came from. We had a close encounter with a black bear on the way back quite close to the trailhead, so be prepared!

8/17/2018.
We hiked this trail from the lava creek trail head parking lot out towards Undine Falls and back again. Steep downhill to get to the suspension bridge crossing the Gardiner River - a fun trail addition, especially the signs warning people not to try and get their horses to cross the bridge!
You’ll walk through tall sagebrush and grasses, so be sure you have bug spray as well as your bear spray.
We ran into three other hikers and spotted some elk grazing by the river.
The trail shows signs of being VERY muddy earlier in the year, making the footing somewhat difficult. Hikers and large wildlife had churned it up pretty good, and it dried into a lumpy mess. Boots are a must here.
We saw lots of signs of wildlife and an elk carcass, but no large animal sightings except the two elk. We started our hike at 9:30 am. Very pretty scenery along the river and at one spot in the trail you are close enough to get down to it.

backpacking
1 month ago

I did this route in reverse as a 3 night, 4 day backpack. Parked at Mist Creek trailhead and then hitchhiked to the Lamar Valley. This was an easy enough backpack to do in reverse, even though it is an elevation gain the whole way. Due to late start, first day was 5.6 miles, relatively flat. Campsite 3L4 was lovely. The second day out was the most difficult day, with a lot of steep up and downs that neither the map or Schneider book shows. The view along the Lamar River is beautiful. Stayed in campsite 3U3, which was not that nice. No view and hidden in the trees. Day 3 looked like a lot of climbing, but frankly, it wasn’t that bad. Slope was gentle most of the way, and the last couple of miles to the most wonderful campsite 3T3 were flat. The map shows mileage from 3T3 to be only 9.7 miles, but my GPS read 11.4 miles. That is what it felt like too. The hike up the pass was not too bad, about 1 1/2 miles up. I saw a bear, and it saw me too, so ran off. Mist Creek Valley is long and hot, but very beautiful. I think doing this hike in reverse was good, the uphill not so bad. Plus that 11.4 miles to campsite 3T3 with a heavy pack would be long. As a previous poster mentioned, there are some muddy spots along the trail created by horse traffic, but were for the most part easy to navigate. All in all, this was an extremely beautiful,lovely hike. The burned areas add to the beauty, rather than detract from it. Colors are very vivid.

Trail is not maintained in places. Started from the Canyon side. The first few miles the trail is wet and marshy. Several springs to jump over. The trail is not always well defined for first 5 miles. During the first 3 do the best you can and look for orange trail markers. The bison trails merge and go off from the trail making it difficult to figure out which is which. Once you hit trees markers are on the trees. There isn't always an actual trail between markers so be on the lookout for them. The trail is better defined and marked once you really get into trees. I went to the lake and back and mileage was just over 21. Lots of bison on and near trail. Bears frequent this area

hiking
1 month ago

Really nice and relatively easy hike...some uphill climbing but mainly at the start of the trail. Then you’re rewarded with a really nice hike around the lake, with great scenery as a backdrop. Really nice little bridge over a small “waterfall” where the lake feeds a stream...very scenic. If you’re looking for a nice short hike, with more than just flat walking, I’d strongly recommend this hike!

The walk had some varying terrain. You start along the canyon then undulate through forest. The descent begins with a geyser then others as the descent drops more dramatically. Nice views along the trek. Walking sticks are handy down and up. Have lunch along the river upwind from the sulphur smelling geysers. The trek back I did huff and puff, still trying to get acclimated. Wildlife spotted was limited to chipmunks and squirrels. Only saw a dozen other hikers.
Highly recommend.

Not a hard walk. Elevation incline is not huge. We walked counter clockwise which is best I think. Only wildlife spotted was 1 x Llama and chipmunks and squirrels with occasional birds. But beautiful scenery up to Shoshone Lake. Highly recommend.

Nice, relaxing trail. Most of it in dense forest but still neat. Be VERY bear aware. We got to the beach and found fresh Grizzly cub tracks in the wet sand. Come to find out this area is home to Raspberry the bear and her cub.

A buddy and I started at the Warm Creek trailhead and hiked in to 3P5 campsite 30 Aug 2018. The first 1-2 miles was a difficult ascent. The hike then opened into a beautiful meadow with several easy creek fords. The specific campsite was right along Pebble Creek and simply as good as it gets for backcountry camping. After setting up camp, we hiked another mile or two through the meadow toward Bliss Pass and then back to our site. We hiked back to the car the following morning. I wish we could have through hiked to Pebble Creek campground because it was no doubt a gorgeous hike.

We did this hike three days ago. Started pretty early and had it mostly to ourselves. Very easy practically flat with changing scenery throughout. Forest to open meadows and then of course the lake area. Huge bull bison hanging out right off the trail about a half mile in. The area around the lake is lovely and quiet. Lots of lily pads so seems like a good place for moose although we didn’t see any. We’d do this hike again just for the scenery.

Take your fly rod. Lots of small Cutts and Arctic Grayling. See if you fish better than the Ospreys flying overhead.

This beautiful trail is approximately 29.5 miles long. I backpacked this trail over 6 days in a group that included several kids between the ages of 12-14. The difficulty was perfect as it challenged them but did not kill them. We stayed two nights at one of the campsites.

The trail offers dense pine forests, rocky beaches, massive meadows, wildflowers, vistas, geothermal features, swamps, and many rivers and streams. The trail has many ups and downs as far as altitude goes, it was much less flat than I expected. There are about a dozen different campsites (reservations required) along the trail. Each site offers an uncovered pit toilet with a spectacular view so you can enjoy the scenery and take care of business at the same time.

We were informed that there are bears in the area. We did see a lot of bear sign, but never did see any bears or any large game of any kind. I was surprised at how many wild berries we found growing near the trail including wild blueberries, wild raspberries, and whortleberries. There is one section of trail, approximately a quarter of a mile long to the east of the geyser basin, where the trail passes through a knee-deep muddy swamp. We attempted to pass through in flip-flops, but the mud sucked them off and caused the straps to tear. We found it easier to pass through barefoot.

We did the hike in mid-August and went counter-clockwise. The mosquitoes were terrible in some areas and almost non-existent in others. Mosquito repellent is highly recommended.

Apart from the thunder, lightening, rain and hail, this is one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve been on in a long time! The last part of the hike was rainy so the trail was flooded but the views made it worth it! Got eaten alive by mosquitos so definitely would suggest bug spray! We clocked it at 11.2 miles.

2 months ago

Beautiful

Hiked from Lava Creek Trailhead to Mammoth Campground. It's almost all downhill this direction. Had the trail to ourselves; a rarity in Yellowstone. Beautiful, easy 4 miles.

fishing
2 months ago

Nice hike very open bring sunscreen lake was gorgeous tan into maybe 3 hikers very peaceful and nice trail. Small rainbow trout were biting like crazy favourite part of our trip

We started from Pebble Creek and headed northeast staying at P1 night 1, P2 x 2 nights and P5 the final night. On our 3rd day we hiked up Bliss Pass.

When going North you have a steady, rolling up hill gain except the first day of around 900 feet. That leaves a short 200 foot gain over about a half mile on the last day followed by a steady drop to the Northeast parking lot.

Bliss Pass was beautiful and took about 3 hours to hike we stopped often and didn’t rush it. We had glorious views from the top and had a leisurely stay of 2 hours before heading back down which we did in 2 hours.

All 3 camp sites were nice and allowed us to hike in, set up and then explore the area. P5 however is the best of the best!

Truly enjoyed this hike!

This was our family’s first backpacking trip (kids ages 6, 10, 11). We hiked the first half from the Warm Creek Trailhead to the back country campsite 3P2. We spent 2 nights at the campsite and then hiked the other half out to the Pebble Creek campground area. It was a beautiful hike - meadows of wildflowers, mountaintop views, and several fords across Pebble Creek. It was not crowded at all - in 3 days I think we saw about 5 other groups. The first 1.2 Miles on day 1 were brutal!

hiking
2 months ago

The fall is beautiful. Be sure to walk to the end of the trail to obtain a good visual angel to see the fall.

We read that there was an above average chance seeing wildlife on this trail. We didn’t see much of note. There probably is a good chance of seeing buffalo, but it wasn’t or day. We only did the first 4.5 miles from the trailhead to camp site WA1. Campanula Creek was pretty as was the final Gneiss Creek, but the second half of the trail is pretty mediocre. Probably won’t do it again.

hiking
2 months 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.

Trail is nicely maintained. There is not a lot to see- rather uneventful. Mosquito’s bad at end of lake.

hiking
2 months ago

Épuisante par son retour en ascension, mais vaut vraiment la peine pour le magnifique lac et sa vue sur les montagnes! Idéal pour une petite baignade dans le lac en été!!!!

hiking
2 months 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

Beautiful and well maintained trail. We turned around so we did not have to walk on the highway otherwise it was nice and easy trail.

Relatively easy summer hike with some gorgeous river/lake views. Not busy at all, we only ran into two other hikers. A big thank you to Nikhil's review, without which we wouldn't have brought the bug spray. Mosquitos were brutal.

We took the cascade creek trail head (about a mile west of cascade lake trail head) to cascade lake. Comparable distance, saw our only moose of the trip. Heard from other hikers this is a good wildlife hike.

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