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Cache Lake Trail is a 11.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until September.

Distance: 11.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,089 feet Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
10 months ago

We did half of this trail today. Turned around at SM trail. It’s not too hard, mostly flat. Took about 3 hrs. Downhill on return to TH. Beautiful meadows , great views of the mountains, and glen creek is wonderful little creek. Didn’t see any wildlife, but didn’t see many more hikers either.

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Fri Oct 12 2018

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
Sun Sep 03 2017

Easy trail Bison and antelope spotted. Lightly used and beautiful lake

Sun Jul 09 2017

Quite long but enjoyable walk through Mammoth valleys. Not my favorite hike in Yellowstone but still very enjoyable.

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Tue Jul 09 2019

Wed Oct 10 2018

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Mon Jul 30 2018

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Tue May 08 2012