Explore the most popular lake 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.

Quick and easy, very pretty. My husband threw in a line and caught a few

Sweeping meadow views, mud pots, forest lakes, canyons &waterfalls- great hike to get a taste of Yellowstone and avoid parking headache at Artists Point.

nice easy hike

amazing hike!! body view from the top.... windy as all get out. keep ahold of your hats lol

backpacking
over grown
12 days ago

Did this hike with group of 5 July of 2018. Good hike and challenging first couple miles because it’s all uphill. Trail says it’s 7.6 miles to the lake but my phone tracked more around 10 miles. Unsure whether it was accurate but it definitely felt longer than 7 miles. It’s super easy to miss the OE1 campground so right when you hit the lake keep your eyes open. You will need a back country pass to stay overnight so go to the visitor centers ranger station. Will cost you like 3 dollars to camp.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this a couple of years back. Amazing hike with amazing views at the top. Not an easy hike so very rewarding once completed.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike a little too close to dusk. Passed plenty of people who said they had not seen much in the way of wildlife, but our experience was much different. We saw a herd of elk running through a nearby meadow and a badger scuttling across the trail right in front of us. We did not make it to the ponds, however, because we came across a brown bear about 2.5 miles in. It was on the trail 25 yards ahead of us before we ever saw it, and we did not have bear spray. We immediately hiked up the ridge to distance ourselves, and luckily the ol' bear continued on its way without giving us a second thought. We turned around and went back out the way we came. Fantastic scenery and wildlife, but be smarter than I was!
(1) Do not start a hike at dusk. (2) Carry bear spray. (3) Hike in a group of three or more. (4) Follow any other guidelines provided by park personnel.

Much less crowded than the rest of the park with some unique features in here.

The lake behind the geysers made it that much more interesting...one of my favorite geyser basins.

backpacking
1 month ago

We used this trail to connect to other backcountry trails. Great campsites and tons of wildlife.
Bison, Elk, Bear.
Easy.

Real cool spot to check out some hot springs

fishing
2 months ago

We didn’t go too far but the river is beautiful! We did not catch any fish here but did see several big ones :)

I hiked this at the end of August and there was a lot of snow. I almost got blown over by the wind at the top! It is steep the whole way up except for a few spots. If you are doing it, come prepared with water and layers.

I hiked this trail with my 50 year old mother. If she can do it, you can too. That being said there is a point about a mile in that the trail path got obscured. My mother and I ended up climbing the mountain off trail for a while until we met back up with it. We we're able to take the trail down the whole way. The view on top is beautiful, but make sure you're prepared with hiking equipment and a positive attitude.

Great 5-6 day hike! definately cross creeks and a marsh so water shoes. I kept my keens on for miles rather than keep switching. the camp sites are great. You can also take Trail Creek to the Thorofare and to Mountain Creek if late July and you can wade across the upper-ford of the Yellowstone River or a sweet camp site before crossing. Met a healthy grizzly just before Thorofare on the trail. He exited and went around 40 yards out. Can also catch a trail down to the South Boundary Trail. I did it in early October and snow one night.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike just a couple of switch backs. Definitely check it out.

Great hike! Super long and tiring but amazing. Great views and so much fun.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views!!! We felt like we were on top of the world as we ate our lunch. There was snow, ice and mud on the trail making it tricky to get to the top. I suggest to go a little earlier in the season Did it with a 5,9,11,13, and 15 year old and 2 out of shape parents. The whole trip up and down took 5 hours.

Did this trail 2 weeks ago. Didnt see any wildlife. The ponds were beautiful. Only saw 2 groups of people at the beginning and end of the trail.

on Bunsen Peak

4 months ago

Very nice and easy hike. Amazing views. One is the few still open in October.

Beautiful lake

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked this trail today at a slow pace with my adult son. Out and back took about 6 hours, but it could easily be done in 4 by fit hikers. The elevation gain is minimal. Roughly 6 miles to the lake. We walked through beautiful alpine meadows around Glen Creek on the Fawn Pass Trail until reaching the connector with the Electric Peak trail behind Sepulcher Mountain. The EP and Sportsman Lake trails led ahead, while the Snowpass trail entered from the right at the trail junction. We took the EP/Sportsman trail to the Cache Lake spur following along Glen Creek, and passing across a shoulder of Sepulcher Mtn to a dense forest . There were 4-5 inches of snow on the ground in the upper third of the trail. We saw no one and the only footprints were the local animal residents, including bear and moose. We had the walk through the dense snow covered forest to ourselves. At roughly 5.2 miles we reached the Cache Lake spur trail which climbs a bit more steeply across a forested ridge to the lake at the foot of Electric Peak. The peak was mostly obscured by clouds. Overall, this was a beautiful hike and not too strenuous, but be prepared. Animal signs, including wolves and bear, were everywhere.

hiking
4 months ago

Have done this like multiple times including hiking through from the trail head on the E. Entrance Rd. to the pelican Valley Trail head, out and back from the trail head on the E. Entrance Rd. and like today out and back from Pelican Valley Trail head. This is the best shape the trail has been in many years except for some rough spots likely as result of bison using the trail when it is muddy. Normally you cannot do this hike without seeing a lot of bison at least. Today we saw elk including two large bowl elk with large racks and also a black wolf across turbid lake.

hiking
4 months ago

My husband and I hiked this Trail on September 15th, 2018 on our way in the north east entrance of Yellowstone National Park. It was beautiful, picturesque hike that was nice to loosen up our hiking legs up for more difficult hikes. There was a nice variety to the surroundings. Some thicker forest area while hiking up a hill then it opened up to a beautiful lake with valleys surrounding it. There were ducks in the lake and a few fishermen fishing.  It was a very peaceful hike.

fantastic wild country, while we did not see too many large mammals we did have 2 bison encounters and see some very large, very fresh grizzly bear and wolf tracks. I will go again.

A nice short walk.

We saw no wildlife, other than a grouse, but it was nice with lots of ups and downs, after the initial relatively steep climb. Mostly shaded forest, other than the last mile out on the open hillside, with the view of Gardiner, WY. The reflection of the trees and hills in the largest pond was beautiful.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a challenging hike, and steep at times but slow and steady wins the race on this one. The views at the top are incredible! You can see all the way to the Grand Tetons. But make sure to bring warm layers for the top, it was a beautiful sunny 65 degree day at the bottom but incredibly windy and cold at the top. Thankfully people have built small rock wall barriers that you sit in and eat and relax at the top. We made it up in 2hrs 20min and it took about 1hr to get down. Coming down was challenging at points because of the steepness coupled with all the loose rocks and dirt, I recommend finding a walking stick.

hiking
4 months ago

This a a great hike with gorgeous views most of the way up. It took us about 1:15-30min to get to the top and that includes a few breaks for water and pictures (and about 45min to hike down). All 4 of us are decently experienced hikers and it was a bit strenuous at times, but not hard. Once at the top, there were some people up there and we decided to keep walking straight for about 5-10 more minutes to an area that had 4 stones to sit on and eat our lunch with 360 degrees of stunning views!

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