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Cascade Lake Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September.

Distance: 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 183 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

Directions from Canyon Junction: Travel 1.5 miles north on the Tower-Canyon Road to Cascade Lake Picnic Area.

hiking
muddy
17 days ago

Amazing hike. No bears unfortunately. Parked at Canyon lodge and walked in via the closed road...really recommend this extra experience. Caught 4 rainbows at the lake on spinning tackle. More crowded than we anticipated but tons of space..........great views. 7.0 miles total loop.

hiking
10 months ago

Great meadow and forest hike. Lots of wildflowers and lake is pristine. Hiked up about a mile toward observation point and had lunch under a tree overlooking cascade lake.

10 months ago

Very flat and very pretty. Lots of wildflowers through forested part of trail and great views through the final section to cascade!

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11 months ago

We arrived relatively early and had the trail to ourselves. The trail was dry in spite of last night's thunderstorm. We met a coyote on the way in who carefully circled around until it could get back to the trail. There's a nice log bench with a good lake view. A pair of very cute, nosy pine marten ran up to check things out and then dived up the hill. The far end of the lake is covered in flowering water lilys. Tons of people coming in on our walk out. Full parking lot at 12:30. Go early!!

hiking
11 months ago

Easy hike with lots of nice flowers to look at, a good hike to take your kids on. The last .25 miles was very swampy and wet, very easy to get your feet wet if you aren't wearing waterproof boots.

backpacking
Mon Jul 08 2019

Fairly easy in and out hike. My wife and I with our 3 kids did a backpacking trip to this lake and it was fantastic. It didn't get too cold, the flat trail was easy to navigate with a pack and the views of the meadow were great. We saw two bison along the way.

hiking
Mon Jun 17 2019

Randonnée facile au milieu des meadows et en bordure de forêt. Sentier très boueux et humide quand nous l’avons fait. Impossible d’aller jusqu’au lac en raison des cours d’eau qui avaient débordés (a environ 800 mètres du lac). Faune nombreuse a observer.

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muddy
washed out
Fri Jun 07 2019

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Sat Jun 01 2019

Attempted this trail but had to turn back not too long into the hike due to the snow. The trail was still completely covered with fairly deep snow and we didn’t have the proper gear for that type of hike.

Sat Feb 16 2019

nice easy hike

Fri Aug 31 2018

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.

Fri Aug 24 2018

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

Sat Jul 21 2018

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.

Tue Jun 26 2018

Decent hike. Definitely easy - not sure why it’s rated as moderate. Beautiful fields and hills. The area around the lake was flooded though and super muddy. Our boots got totally soaked through.

hiking
Tue Jan 16 2018

Definitely one of the best trails to take if you want a quick hike that puts you out in what feels like the middle of no where. Also the fishing was great!

fishing
Thu Aug 17 2017

The hike and the drive are worth it to cast to hungry trout and grayling that don't get much pressure. Catch and release! Fly only

hiking
Sat Aug 05 2017

The trail is a nice, easy walk to a lake. Most of the trail is through open meadows. We hiked it late in the day and it was windy so walking through meadows was not too hot. You'll see many beautiful wild flowers if hiking this trail in August. The lake is just okay. Don't hike this if you're goal is to see a fantastic lake.

hiking
Fri Jul 08 2016

Very easy and lovely.

hiking
Thu May 26 2016

This trail is beautiful and presents diverse views of forest and meadow. But it is very wet in the spring or after a heavy rain - and we were forced to go off-trail much of the time diverting to nearby higher ground or walk on the marsh grasses to avoid sinking into wet ground. The area was so wet that we were unable to get as near to the lake as we wanted. Make sure to wear water-repellent footwear, and tie those laces tight. The mud does its best to suck the shoe right off your foot.

Thu May 26 2016

The trail itself is beautiful. you wander alternatively through wooded areas and through open meadow. with the exception of two things, this would have been a relaxing easy 6 mile hike. the exceptions: In early spring, much of the trail and the surrounding ground is so wet, you are constantly in danger of losing your hiking boots to sucking mud. second, if you park near the trailhead and follow the markers back, you are just as likely to end up in a picnic area as the parking lot. So when you think you're almost back to your car at the trailhead and you come to a fork marking two trails, choose the trail to the right which does not have the orange trail markers pinned to the trees.

hiking
Fri Jun 19 2015

Nice walk through the woods and meadows, though was a bit marshy by the lake. Saw a lone buffalo in the meadow and an Osprey by the lake

fishing
Mon Feb 18 2013

On several visits, I've enjoyed wetting my fishing line at lovely Cascade Lake. One time I reeled in a rare grayling! Located further down the trail is another beautiful mountain lake called Grebe, which also has its own access trail. Whichever route you choose, the trail through Yellowstone's Solfatara Plateau abounds in scenic splendor with expansive vibrant meadow bordered by stands of pines. Good grizzly habitat. Stay alert!

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